Friday, November 9, 2018


Tonja Drecker
Dancing Lemur Press
Ages 8-12

"I only desire your talent..."

Twelve-year-old Lindsey McKay's biggest dream is to be a famous ballerina. But after moving to New York, she ends up at the Community Center with a teacher who's a burly bear in tights.

When she meets Madame Destinée, the teacher of a top dance school who offers her classes for free, Lindsey can't believe her luck. In exchange, she must perform in the school's exclusive midnight shows, ones sure to make her a star. But something's not right...

One by one, the other dancers disappear. Each time they do, a music box with a figurine just like the missing ballerina joins Madame Destinée's growing collection. If Lindsey doesn't discover the truth about the dance school, she might end up a tiny figurine herself.


Music Boxes is a terrific thriller for young fans of Goosebumps and other books that go bump in the night.

Lindsey and her family move to New York so her younger sister can pursue her dreams of being a violinist. But Lindsey has dreams of her own. She wants to be a ballet dancer. So when Madame Destinee invites her join her studio and perform nightly in front of an audience, she jumps at the chance. At first, Lindsey loves the applause and the glamour of the stage, but soon she begins to see through the magical facade. All is not as it appears.

In addition, her dancing friends are disappearing one by one, replaced by Madam Destinee's music boxes with figurines that look just like them.

If your child loves scary stories (but not too scary), then this is the perfect read. Don't let the theme of ballet and music fool you. Kids will keep turning pages hoping to find out if Lindsey will escape the clutches of the sinister Madame Destinee.

Release date isn't until February, but it is available for pre-order now.

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