By: Zanni Louise
Illustrated by: Sr Sanchez
Genre: YF - Children's / Teenage fiction & true stories
Published by: Five Mile
Published: 26 Jul 2019
ISBN: 9781760684617


Dance with your heart and reach for the stars! Stardust is a small dance studio in a modest suburban hall, which radiates light and hope for the neighbourhood kids. It's a place to belong, to dream and to dance!

Bertie Black has just moved in with her new step family, but it doesn't feel like home. She spends her time practising cool ninja moves, until the sound of music carries her to Stardust School of Dance. She is offered a role as a dancing shepherd. But will Bertie take her ninja moves from the shadows to the stage? If she does she might find a real home at Stardust. But will she take the leap?


Bertie is a ninja. Well, that’s what she thinks anyway! Finding herself now living with a new step family, including ‘fake’ brother Marcus and her new ‘fake’ mum, Bertie does all she can to avoid them and resist their efforts to include her in the family. She just wants to remember her old life.

So when Bertie hears the music playing from her favourite ballet that she attended with her Mum, she is drawn to it. She meets Madam Martine, who runs Stardust School of Dance and Madam Martine encourages Bertie to join their dance school. But Bertie is a ninja, not a ballerina! Will she take up this chance to make some new friends and do something she enjoys?

This is a great read in a new series about making friends, adjusting to a new life, and giving people a chance. It will be best enjoyed by your emerging readers 6+.

Reviewed by Sam