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Listen to the Nightingale: A Virago Modern Classic (VMC) [Paperback]

Rumer Godden
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4 April 2013 VMC (Book 236)

'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.


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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Virago (4 April 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844088502
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844088508
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 1.6 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 388,011 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Rumer Godden's enchanting classic about a girl who overcomes the odds to become a ballet dancer will thrill young readers.

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'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 beautiful 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.


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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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This is the story of a young girl who has just lost her ballet teacher and who enters a ballet school. It is the story of her struggle to fit in and to find a place for herself. It is told with the usual sensitivity and charm of all the Rumer Godden books and it will touch your heart! An excellent read, esp. for those with an interest in the ballet world.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wow 25 Jan 2014
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This is absolutely brilliant. Rumer Godden is an amazing author. Her books are well written and exciting! I would recommend this terrific. I would recommend this book to anyone over 10.
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good looking book
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5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful story, real and wise, with people I loved 3 Jun 1999
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This story is happy in deep ways--not superficial. The author understands the world of ballet, and how a girl might feel when poverty and responsibility could keep her from being the fine artist she could be. The story is intriguing and the writing is masterful. IF THIS BOOK WERE REISSUED IN HARDCOVER I WOULD BUY LOADS OF THEM AND GIVE THEM TO EVERYONE I LIKE.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fans of "Ballet Shoes," take note! 9 Feb 2001
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If you loved Noel Streatfeild's "Ballet Shoes," you'll be just as passionate about Rumer Godden's "Listen to the Nightingale." Certainly they are very different books, by very different authors. But what I find similar is each author's ability to create vivid, complex characters. Like Streatfeild, Godden isn't afraid to give weaknesses to adults and strengths to children. Charlotte is a very talented dancer - but she tells lies, loses a role to a false friend, has her feelings bruised, and through it all keeps the reader's sympathy and interest. The ballet background is beautifully detailed, but it's the personalities that are so memorable.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rumer Godden's consummate artistry delights the soul 8 Aug 2000
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"Listen to the Nightingale" is an enchanting work. It revives, in part, the setting of Godden's "A Candle for St. Jude," for Charlotte Tew, who was Lottie in "A Candle for St. Jude," afrer the death of the famed dancer Anna Holbein and the closing of her school,studies at the Royal Ballet School. Lottie's deepening engagement with the dance. her journey from the London streets to the stage, her fascination with Salvador, and the profound impact her time at the school has on her and her aunt, will delight even those who do not yet know Miss Godden's work. Treat yourself!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful book! 23 Jan 1999
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This book is a true delight. I loved every moment of it... I've read it about six times, and will probably reading it over and over again for as long as I live. Rumer Godden has a wonderful story, and wonderful chracters. Although I'm not interested in ballet at all, I still loved this book. It's so much more.
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