Listen to the Nightingale
Rumer Godden's enchanting classic about a girl who overcomes the odds to become a ballet dancer will thrill young readers.'Never forget, Charlotte, you were born to be a dancer . . . Never forget. Promise.'
Before her ballet teacher died, Lottie promised Madame Holbein to be the dancer her mother never lived to become. Orphaned at birth, Lottie has been brought up by her aunt, and though she is loved, she is lonely. Then she finds Prince, a spaniel puppy, and discovers a love and loyalty that is boundless.
When Lottie passes the tough audition for Queen's Chase, Her Majesty's Junior Ballet School, everybody is thrilled - except, surprisingly, Lottie. She will have to board at school, and what will happen to her beloved dog? To choose between the two is breaking her heart.Rumer Godden (1907-98) was the acclaimed author of over sixty works of fiction and non-fiction for adults and children. Born in England, she and her siblings grew up in Narayanganj, India, and she later spent many years living in Calcutta and Kashmir. Several of her novels were made into films, including Black Narcissus, The Greengage Summer and The River, which was filmed by Jean Renoir. She was appointed OBE in 1993.Rumer Godden is a major addition to the Virago Modern Classics - we will bring 15 of her titles for adults and young readers back into print in 2012-14.Listen to the Nightingale and Thursday's Children mark a new and exciting departure for the Virago Modern Classics: stories for younger readers to treasure.A beautiful ballet classic - perfect for fans of e.g. Noel Streatfeild's Ballet Shoes.Approximate age range: 9-12