Sona Charaipotra & Dhonielle Clayton

Publisher: HarperTeen | Release date: 5/26/2015 | ISBN: 9780062342393
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary

About the Book

TINY PRETTY THINGS digs beneath the practiced poise of a cutthroat Manhattan ballet academy, where three young protagonists all fight for prima position while navigating secrets, lies, and the pressure that comes with being prodigies.

Free-spirited new girl Giselle just wants to dance – but the very act might kill her. Upper East Side-bred Bette lives in the all-encompassing shadow of her ballet star sister, but the weight of family expectations brings out a dangerous edge in her. Perfectionist June forever stands in the wings as an understudy, but now she’s willing to do whatever it takes – even push someone out the way – to take the stage.

In a world where every other dancer is both friend and foe, the girls have formed the tenuous bond that comes with being the best of the best. But when New York City Ballet Conservatory newbie Giselle is cast as the lead in The Nutcracker – opposite Bette’s longtime love Alec – the competition turns deadly.


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About the Authors

An entertainment and lifestyle journalist published by the New York Times, People, Cosmopolitan and other major national media, Sona Charaipotra received her MFA in Writing for Children from the New School. Thanks to a Masters in screenwriting from New York University (where her thesis project was developed for the screen by MTV Films), Sona is a strong believer that three-act structure can work in fiction, too. When she’s not busy hanging with her writer husband and two chatter-boxy kids, she’s busy watching The Vampire Diaries – for work, of course! She is the co-founder of CAKE Literary, a boutique book development company with a decidedly diverse bent. Find her on the web at CAKELiterary.com or SonaCharaipotra.com.

Dhonielle Clayton spent most of her childhood under her grandmother’s table with a stack of books. She hails from the Washington, D.C. suburbs on the Maryland side. She earned an MA in Children’s Literature from Hollins University and an MFA in Writing for Children at the New School. She taught secondary school for several years. Now, she is a librarian at Harlem Village Academies and co-founder of CAKE Literary, a creative kitchen whipping up decadent — and decidedly diverse — literary confections for middle grade, young adult, and women’s fiction readers. Her debut novel TINY PRETTY THINGS with Sona Charaipotra hits shelves in 2015 from Harper Teen, and she is represented by Victoria Marini at ICM/Gelfman Schnieder. Website: CAKEliterary.com.

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