cover image Leaping at Shadows

Leaping at Shadows

Megan Atwood. Lerner/Darby Creek, $7.95 trade paper (112p) ISBN 978-1-4677-1483-9

Ballet dancers become ghost-busters in this first book in the Dario Quincy Academy of Dance series, which is written at a fourth-grade reading level and set in a prestigious, potentially haunted boarding school. Madeleine faces challenges as a scholarship student arriving after the semester starts, but she quickly proves herself with her graceful talents. She and her new classmates bond during midnight explorations of the Academy’s spooky basement tunnels in search of stolen keepsakes. Atwood uses a light touch to create pleasant characters and a suspenseful premise, never letting the sinister notes weigh too heavily on the proceedings. Future mysterious adventures await: Stolen Luck, The Cursed Ballet, and Twin Dangers are available simultaneously. Ages 11–up. (Aug.)