started writing stories when he was 11
years old and too shy to have a life. He eventually found
a life when he started acting in community theatre and
met other writers, actors, dancers, and artists. He discovered
that the best thing about performing arts (and other arts,
too) is that they give people more freedom to be who they
want to be. After spending time as an actor, teacher,
co-author of a New York Times Bestselling Business Book,
and freelance writer, he returned to his first love, fiction,
and wrote Dancing on the Inside, a novel for ages 9-12.
Glen C. Strathy earned an M.A. in English
from the University of Western Ontario, and graduated
from the Artist in Community Education program at Queen's
University, Kingston. He co-authored two non-fiction books
and belongs to the Professional Writers Association of
Canada (PWAC) and the Society of Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators (SCBWI). His website www.how-to-write-a-book-now.com
provides advice to budding authors.
Glen lives with his wife, fellow writer
Kaitlin Rainey, and their daughter in Kingston, Ontario,
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since her grandparents gave her a DVD of Swan Lake, twelve-year
old Jenny Spark has wanted to be a dancer. But on her first
day of ballet class, she suffers a panic attack and makes
a horrifying discovery. She’s terrified of dancing
in front of the other kids. As for actually performing for
an audience—forget it!
Dancing on the Inside
by Glen C. Strathy
ISBN 978-1-46201-870-3 hbk.
ISBN 978-1-46201-871-0 pbk.
Yet Jenny refuses to give up her dream. With determination
and a little ingenuity, she finds ways to observe ballet
classes without actually participating. She trains in
the safety of her room, while hiding the truth from her
parents. Then Jenny meets her exact opposite: Ara Reyes,
an outgoing, spontaneous, and accident-prone girl who
loves dancing but has always been overlooked.
The girls’ friendship blossoms as they help each
other uncover their real talents. Ara’s dancing
takes a leap forward and Jenny discovers she has an amazing
gift for choreography. With the support of the school’s
newest teacher, Jenny’s original ballet might just
make it onto the stage. But will Jenny?
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