Review by Hannah
Cassie Marramgrass was very small when her mother, the prima donna dancer of the Sand Sprites, disappeared on the night of the Great Sandstorm years ago. Since then, the Supreme Sand Sprite has closed down Sandringham Dance School. But then Cassie discovers that the Sandringham Dance School is going to reopen, they are holding auditions soon and she is desperate to win a place. Not only for dance, but for her mother, to find out what happened to her. This term Cassie not only finds her friends, she finds something that could change her life forever...
This is the first book in the Sand Dancers series. The author, Lynda Waterhouse, did a good job writing this! Most books for younger readers are written in such an unreal way that it's annyoing. But this book was imaginative and suitable. The characters each had different personalities and I liked the focus on dance. Of course! Even though Cassie at first hated dance, she became better and better hoping this will lead her to the secrets of the Great Sandstorm. Madame Rosa seemed nicer than any teacher I have known. Shell and Lexie were... interesting (you'll learn more about them once you read the book) and so is Rubus (her long-time friend). This book is a light, funny, and cute story about a little troublesome sand sprite. I recommend it for younger readers.
Review by Hannah, aged 13