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Happy Book Birthday to NUTCRACKED!

It’s a big beautiful day for book releases today at KT Literary! Congrats also to Susan Adrian on the release of her middle grade novel NUTCRACKED!

Georgie has waited for this moment her whole life—to dance the part of Clara in The Nutcracker ballet. And when she finally gets the part, it’s like a dream come true. . . .


Every time Georgie dances with the Nutcracker doll, she leaves the ballet studio and enters a world where everything around her—the old wooden furniture, the Christmas tree, the carefully wrapped presents—is larger than life. It’s so magical, Georgie can’t wait to return again and again.

Then the Nutcracker’s magic seeps into the real world, putting Georgie’s friend in danger. Everything is falling apart, and it’s almost Christmas! Can Georgie save her friend, the Nutcracker, and most of all, herself?

From Booklist: “Unfolding through gripping action, Georgie risks losing her role to help the Nutcracker. In her first-person account, Georgie relates how she learns to make and restore friendships, endeavors to rescue the Nutcracker, and aspires to perform her dream role. Adrian’s fantasy draws upon her personal experience are Clara, and the result offers a great new look at the annual family tradition of seeing The Nutcracker ballet.”

While Kirkus comments, “There’s magic onstage and off in this production of The Nutcracker.”

And School Library Journal says, “Adrian manages to make both the magical and real-life challenges of Georgie relatable and compelling as she navigates the everyday struggles of broken and new friendships, annoying siblings, and family stresses… Georgie is a strong and believable character, and her relationship with her parents is endearing… VERDICT This engaging title will appeal to fans of fantasy or ballet.”

And finally, Publishers Weekly says “the electric showdown is worth the wait. Georgie’s real-world interactions with family and friends (her grandfather recently had a stroke, and Georgie is trying to repair a rift with her best friend Kaitlyn, who also wanted to play Clara) add warmth and depth to this atmospheric interpretation.”

Grab a copy today at your favorite bookstore, and send Susan congrats on Twitter @susan_adrian!