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Bright Burning Stars
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Bright Burning Stars

"A compulsively readable story. I was breathless and battling tears up until the very last stunning turns onstage and beyond. A dazzling, heart-wrenching debut." —Nova Ren Suma, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Walls Around Us
Would you die for the Prize?

Best friends Marine Duval and Kate Sanders have trained since childhood at the Paris Opera Ballet School, where they've forged an inseparable bond through shared stories of family tragedies and a powerful love for dance. When the body of a student is found in the dorms just before the start of their final year, Marine and Kate begin to ask themselves how far they would go for the ultimate prize: to be named the one girl who will join the Opera's prestigious corps de ballet. Would they cheat? Seduce the most talented boy in the school, dubbed the Demigod, hoping his magic will make them shine, too? Would they risk death for it? Neither girl is sure.

But then Kate gets closer to the Demigod, even as Marine has begun to capture his heart. And as selection day draws near, the competition—for the Prize, for the Demigod—becomes fiercer, and Marine and Kate realize they have everything to lose, including each other.
Bright Burning Stars is a stunning, propulsive story about girls at their physical and emotional extremes, the gutting power of first love, and what it means to fight for your dreams.

"A compulsively readable story. I was breathless and battling tears up until the very last stunning turns onstage and beyond. A dazzling, heart-wrenching debut." —Nova Ren Suma, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Walls Around Us
Would you die for the Prize?

Best friends Marine Duval and Kate Sanders have trained since childhood at the Paris Opera Ballet School, where they've forged an inseparable bond through shared stories of family tragedies and a powerful love for dance. When the body of a student is found in the dorms just before the start of their final year, Marine and Kate begin to ask themselves how far they would go for the ultimate prize: to be named the one girl who will join the Opera's prestigious corps de ballet. Would they cheat? Seduce the most talented boy in the school, dubbed the Demigod, hoping his magic will make them shine, too? Would they risk death for it? Neither girl is sure.

But then Kate gets closer to the Demigod, even as Marine has begun to capture his heart. And as selection day draws near, the competition—for the Prize, for the Demigod—becomes fiercer, and Marine and Kate realize they have everything to lose, including each other.
Bright Burning Stars is a stunning, propulsive story about girls at their physical and emotional extremes, the gutting power of first love, and what it means to fight for your dreams.

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  • A. K. Small was born in Paris, France. At five years old, she began studying classical dance with the legendary Max Bozzoni, then later with Daniel Franck and Monique Arabian at the famous Académie Chaptal. At thirteen, she moved to the United States, where she danced with the Pacific Northwest Ballet for one summer and with the Richmond Ballet Student Company for several years. She's a graduate of the College of William and Mary and has an MFA in fiction from Vermont College of Fine Arts. When she's not writing, she spends time with her husband, her puppy, and her three daughters, and practices yoga. Bright Burning Stars is her first novel.

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  • Kirkus

    March 15, 2019
    Two best friends navigate their final transformative year at a cutthroat Paris ballet school.Life for students, or "rats," at the Paris Opera Ballet School isn't for the faint of heart, and Marine Duval, who is French, and American Kate Sanders, have been inseparable since they were 12. It's been a whirlwind four years, and now, as 16-year-old First Division students in their final year, they'll begin the fight for The Prize: an invitation to become part of the Paris Opera's corps de ballet. It's believed that their ridiculously handsome and talented classmate Cyrille Terrant, aka The Demigod, can elevate a girl's ranking just by proximity. Kate single-mindedly seeks out his attention while Marine worries that her more voluptuous figure is a hindrance. The pressure to win inevitably strains their once-unbreakable bond. Marine's and Kate's dual narratives explore their inner pain, desires, and motives, from why they dance to who they love, and, most importantly, what, and who, they allow to define them. Debut author Small, herself a dancer, brings authenticity (fascinating day-to-day details abound) to what it takes to flourish or wither amid the soaring highs and crushing lows of a competitive dance school while sensitively exploring the girls' many emotional and physical extremes. All main characters are assumed white.Addictive, angst-y, and heartfelt. (Fiction. 14-18)

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  • Publisher's Weekly

    April 8, 2019
    Marine Duval and Kate Sanders are best friends and First Division dancers at a premier ballet school in Paris. The girls, best friends since they were 12, are both vying for “The Prize,” an invitation to join the Paris Opera’s corps de ballet, presented to the top female and male dancer in the school’s top division. Written in the alternating voices of Marine and Kate, Small’s debut delves into the physical and emotional strains required by the world of competitive dance. Both girls cope differently with the extreme stress and bitter competition: Marine struggles with her body image and pushes herself to the brink of starvation, while Kate begins to experiment with drugs. Adding to the tension is the school’s best male dancer, known to the girls as “the Demigod.” Kate sees him as her ticket to the top spot, but when Marianne captures his attention, the girls’ friendship begins to fray. Small, a trained ballerina, infuses her novel with dance terminology and French phrases, giving the reader a sense of the milieu. And while much of the focus of this novel is dance, the heart of the story is about the lengths one will go to realize a dream. Ages 14–up. Agent: Wendi Gu, Janklow & Nesbit Assoc.

  • School Library Journal

    June 14, 2019

    Gr 9 Up-French-born Marine and All-American girl Kate, known as the "petites-rats" at Paris's most prestigious ballet school, have been best friends since they started their training, encouraging and supporting each other through thick and thin. Both are ambitious: Marine, overwhelmed by guilt from her twin brother Oli's untimely death, strives for the career Oli had wanted, while Kate, still suffering from her mother's disappearance when Kate was only five, is determined to become a success at any cost. When her one-night affair with Cyrille, the "Demigod," leaves her pregnant, however, she closes herself off from Marine and seems to lose her sense of self. Only when Marine has a breakdown of her own do the two realize the importance of reinstating their friendship. Middle-school and beginning-high-school dance aficionados will revel in the girls' all-consuming world of classical ballet-the protocol, the intensity, even the "Mean Girls"-esque competitive backbiting. While some of the adult characters seem rather two-dimensional, the protagonists-whose points of view are told in alternating chapters-are believable in their thoughts, dialogue, and actions. Kate's abortion is handled very matter-of-factly. VERDICT While the well-paced prose clarifies some French phrases, a knowledge of ballet vocabulary is largely presumed. This is a story filled with interesting plot twists sure to maintain a high level of interest for readers.-Nancy Menaldi-Scanlan, formerly at LaSalle Academy, Providence

    Copyright 2019 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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