"A ballet story with a slight surreal twist for dance lovers." — KIRKUS
"The perfect kind of ballerina drama." — BOOKLIST
"A sobering fable about the prices that people pay to stay at the top of their art." — FOREWORD
“For years I’ve watched ballerinas from this room. I want what you want. I wish to join them.”
Miriam has trained her whole life to fulfill her dreams and it’s finally paid off now that she’s the prima ballerina of the Lulli Dance Company, but she’s been keeping a secret from them. The years of sprains, fractures, and bruises have taken their toll and a catastrophic ankle injury now means one terrible thing: she has to give it all up forever. Distraught beyond consolation, Miriam runs from the studio and discovers a secret room she’s never seen before. Inside she finds a pair of gleaming white and gold slippers and a mysterious voice whispering to her in the dark. If she tries on the slippers, it says, she’ll regain the strength to raise en pointe. It speaks the truth!
Soon, Miriam is back, but each achievement means danger for everyone around her and negotiation with the spirit who claims it wants just one little harmless thing in return . . . to join the ballerinas and dance, just like her.
Average rating from 11 members
A beautifully illustrated story about a young ballerina who suffers a career-ending injury. She thinks she will do anything to get back on top, but when she finds out the cost, she must decide whether it is really worth it. Aimed at middle schoolers, but might also be good for mother-daughter book clubs.
As a dancer and a lover of graphic novels, Last Dance was quite a delight to read with beautiful illustrations that complemented the text. I got Black Swan vibes from reading about a young girl who loses her spot as prima ballerina after an unfortunate injury and now is making a “deal with the devil” to gain back her abilities. The graphic novel really depicts how challenging and grueling the life of a dancer is. It also shows the lengths some will go to in order to succeed and stop at nothing even if it hurts others along the way. It ends with a positive message and Miriam learns a valuable lesson that she now carries with her and onto others. I would especially recommend this graphic novel to young readers who appreciate the art of dance.
I must admit, I was a bit worried when I saw this was labeled "horror" because I'm a big scardey cat, but I knew I had to read it because it centered on ballet - and I'm so glad I did read it! This was a beautiful graphic novel that talked about the importance of growing up and understanding that sometimes dreams change. I think it can be really easy to become so focused on our own goals that we forget that we aren't the only ones who have goals. Schroy does a great job of illuminating the importance of acknowledging other's hard work and adapting to change. Loved it!