Pointe, Claw

By Amber J. Keyser

A tale of magical realism in which two best friends, one who wants to be a professional ballerina and the other who is turning into a bear, confront society's narrow definition of what it means to be feminine and find a way to embrace the wildness in them

Jessie is practically killing her body to become a professional ballerina. Her best friend, Dawn, is having blackouts and fugues, and experiencing changes in her body and language that point to only one thing - she's turning into a bear. The girls' intense relationship becomes a way for them to confront society's narrow definition of femininity. When Jessie is rejected by the Ballet des Artes, and Dawn's parents plan to institutionalize her, the two girls run away and embrace their own wildness, discovering there's nothing unfeminine about going feral.

  • Brilliant, unique story that fearless jumps into the world of magical realism.
  • Features two girls who come to embrace their strength and divergence from the norm.
  • Shows the difficulty girls have in rejecting what society thinks they should be.

About the author

Amber J. Keyser is a former ballerina and evolutionary biologist with an MS in zoology and a Ph.D. in genetics. She has written books for children of all ages in a wide variety of formats, including picture books, nonfiction books, and novels. To find out more about Amber, please visit

ISBN: 9781467775915
Imprint: Lerner PG - Carolrhoda Lab
Distributor: Walker Australia-HEDS
Binding: Hardback
Release Date: April 1, 2017
Dimensions: 140 x 210mm, 288pp
Stock Status: Confirmed
Australian RRP: $27.99
New Zealand RRP: $29.99
Stock Level: In Stock

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