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Aussie Bites : Fairy Four-Eyes : Aussie Bites Readers - Matthews Penny

Aussie Bites : Fairy Four-Eyes

Aussie Bites Readers

By: Matthews Penny, Emma Quay (Illustrator)

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Lucy is a wonderful ballet dancer, the best in the class, and all she wants to be is a famous ballet dancer.

But there is one small problem – Lucy wears glasses and she doesn't believe that famous ballerinas should wear glasses.

Then a boy – Craig Spinetti – joins the class. Not only does he make fun of Lucy, but he has been chosen to play the Fairy Prince to her Fairy Princess at the end-of-year ballet concert.

Can things get any worse?

About the Author

Penny Matthews grew up on her family's sheep farm in South Australia. After graduating from university she lived and worked in England for three years, returning to Adelaide to begin work in the publishing industry. As well as editing children's books, Penny is also a popular and critically acclaimed author. Her books include Potato Baby and The Best Pet, which were both nominated as Notable Books by the Children's Book Council of Australia. Her picture books include A Year on Our Farm, illustrated by Andrew McLean, which was the CBCA's Book of the Year (Early Childhood) and an Honour Book in the Picture Book of the Year awards. Penny has two children, now grown up, and works from her home in Adelaide.

As well as being an author of note, Penny is a much-valued member of the Books for Children and Young Adults team at Penguin Australia. She co-ordinates and edits the highly regarded Puffin Aussie Bites and Nibbles program.

Chapter 1

'Ouch!' squealed Kim. 'Lucy, watch where you're going!'

Lucy stopped dancing her own version of the Sugar Plum Fairy solo and saw that her best friend was sprawled on the floor. Oops! She bent to help her up.

'Kimmy, I'm sorry. I didn't see you.'

Kim dusted herself down. 'You'd better be sorry. That's the second time you've knocked me over this week!'

'I didn't mean to.'

'I know. But hey, it's not as if you can't see me – I'm twice as big as you . . . Oh no! Now there's a hole in my tights. Mum'll kill me.'

Mrs Figg clapped her hands. 'Lucy! Kim! Back in line, please. Arms out! Backs straight! And one, and two, and three. . . '

Lucy and Kim had ballet lessons twice a week at Mrs Figg's School of Dance, on Wednesday afternoons and Saturday mornings. Mrs Figg liked her students to call her 'Madame', even though she wasn't French. She was short and a bit chubby, and she always wore a long swirly skirt and big dangly earrings. When she took off her skirt to demonstrate a new movement in her leotard, she magically stopped being chubby and became neat and graceful. 'Like a cat,' said Lucy.

There were twenty students in Lucy's class. All the girls were keen, and some were quite good, but Lucy had real talent. Mrs Figg said she had a naturally beautiful 'line'. She could kick higher than anyone else. She could do the splits all the way down, and turn proper cartwheels. Cartwheels weren't really ballet, of course. But Lucy loved the feeling of being airborne as she circled over and over, light as a feather.

Lucy had just one weakness. She concentrated so hard on her dancing that she didn't seem to notice when people or things got in her way. 'Lucy, you live in a dream world,' Mrs Figg told her.

Lucy was proud to be the best dancer in the class. She adored ballet, and read lots of books about it. Her bedroom walls were covered with ballet pictures – mostly scenes from classical ballets like Swan Lake and The Sleeping Beauty. Above her bed was her most precious possession: a signed photo of Darcey Bussell, star of London's Royal Ballet, as the Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker.

Kim, who had been Lucy's best friend for ever, wanted to be a doctor like her mum. She'd been putting bandages on her toys since she and Lucy were in kindy together.

But Lucy wanted to be a ballerina. More than that, she wanted to be a Principal Dancer like Darcey Bussell. In her dreams she saw herself onstage, radiant and graceful, dancing the role of the Sugar Plum Fairy.

ISBN: 9780143302773
ISBN-10: 0143302779
Series: Aussie Bites Ser.
Audience: Children
For Ages: 8 - 12 years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 84
Published: 2nd April 2007
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 19.800 x 13.2  x 0.600
Weight (kg): 19.9
Edition Number: 1