The Flamenco Academy

The Flamenco Academy

A Novel

Book - 2006
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Lights! Camera! Action! A hilarious chapter book debut from a fabulous new talent!

Things to Know About Me
by Jules Bloom

1. I am a scrambled-eggs-and-chocolate-milk type person.
2. I have an audition for a TV commercial (which would be great if I were a tall-icy-drink type person.)
3. I am in between best friends right now.
4. I am worried that the audition will be a disaster. (See #1 and #3!)

Jules doesn't want to ruin THE OPPORTUNITY OF A LIFETIME, and she's willing to turn to anyone for help--even her know-it-all ex-best friend! If only that lovely new girl in class would turn out to be the new best friend of her dreams, maybe, just maybe, Jules will be ready for her close-up....
Publisher: New York : Knopf, 2006
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781400040841
Characteristics: 381 p. ; 24 cm


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FindingJane Jun 23, 2016

What is flamenco? Though there can be joy in the art form, its history is a grim one, a past of misery, hunger, resistance and defiance. According to historian Felix Grande, it arose out of persecution, exploitation, humiliation, wholesale genocide and expulsion. “It is a storm of exasperation and grief.” Onto this stage comes Cindi Rae Hrncir, a pale-skinned Czech girl descended from milkmaids and looking it. Along for the ride is the flamboyant, exotic, devil-may-care Ofelia a.k.a. Didi “Deeds” Steinberg, née Rachel Steinberg, Cindi Rae’s best friend and worst enemy. Told with a fervor that leaps off the page and sears the heart, it is a novel of passion, love, betrayal, mistaken identities, changeling history, obsession and erotomania. Tangled up with all this is the wild adoration of flamenco, a love that withers and blights all it touches and yet snares its victims helplessly within its web. Ms. Bird has crafted an epic tale, one that extends back centuries, one that has its characters and readers arguing, fighting and loving each other while trying to solve the burning mystery of what flamenco is and to whom it truly belongs.


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