I love this story, which is reminiscent of classic middle grade novels like Ballet Shoes and features amazing family dynamics like Hilary McKay’s Casson family stories. Here’s how I originally pitched it — I look forward to sharing more information with you about this title as we get closer to pub!
Since her grandfather first took her to see The Nutcracker, Georgie has wished to be cast as Clara in her ballet company’s annual Christmas production, but when it actually happens, it’s not at all as she’d hoped. Her best friend won’t talk to her, her grandfather is in the hospital, and every time she holds her teacher’s antique nutcracker in her arms while she dances, she goes somewhere else. Somewhere dangerous. Somewhere with massive Christmas trees, a three-headed mouse king, and row of toy soldiers bigger than her. With advice from a new friend, and a chance to mend bridges with her BFF, can she help the Nutcracker prince break the spell before the curtain goes up?
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