The Reel

Irish Dancing chapter book for girls 4-8

Children - Action
83 Pages
Reviewed on 12/13/2016
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Author Biography

Amanda Miles has been writing for years, as well as mothering, wifing ( being a wife not using wifi all the time!), cleaning, cooking, book keeping, communication correspondence, taxi driving, peace keeping and general handyman work.

She worked as a primary school teacher and wrote in her spare time. She now does all the above and is Chair of Governors in a Primary school near London.

To date, Amanda has 5 chapter books for children ranging from ages 4 to 12. Her tastes are eclectic hence the diversity in topics for her books e.g.. science, Irish dancing, music, environmental issues.

For Amanda, the most important thing is to get children to enjoy reading. It doesn't matter what it is but to read for pleasure is one of the greatest gifts we can give our children.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite

The Reel by Amanda Miles revolves around Grace who needs to divert her attention from the sadness in her life. Grace has lost her mother and she has not gotten over it. Grace is in Ireland with her Aunt Mary for her holidays and she is enjoying her time there. Her aunt takes her out one day and they go into a Clock Tower where music is coming from. Once the music is over, Grace gets to see the Irish Dance and she is fascinated by it. She gets to know that her mother was an Irish dancer and that motivates her to learn dancing. Will Grace be able to perform on stage like the other girls she saw?

It’s a beautiful story for all those who love dancing. The story is magical and Grace’s character is real, adorable, relatable, and palpable to young readers. The black and white sketches complement the story nicely, helping readers connect well with the characters, and they breathe life into the scenes. Grace’s interest in learning Irish dancing and being a dancer like her mother is tangible, and her enthusiasm can be felt while reading the book. The story gives good information about Irish dancing and will encourage many girls to take up dancing. The book is educational as well as informative and is good for readers as they get to know more about Irish dancing through the story of Grace.