#MeetTheNewbs ~Sona Charaipotra & Dhonielle Clayton Authors of Tiny Pretty Things (Guest Post)

Meet The Newbies is a blog event co-hosted by Dana @DanaSquare and I, in which we introduce you to all of the new kids in school, the 2015 debut authors!

Meet Sona Charaipotra & Dhonielle Clayton:

Sona Charaipotra & Dhonielle Clayton met while attending the New School's Writing for Children MFA program. Sona is a journalist who has written for the New York Times, People, Parade, Cosmopolitan, and other major media. Dhonielle is a librarian at a middle school in Harlem and taught English at a cutthroat ballet academy. Together, the pair have also co-founded CAKE Literary, a boutique book packaging company with a decidedly diverse bent. Find them online at www.cakeliterary.com.

Sona - Website | Goodreads | Twitter | Facebook
Dhonielle - Goodreads | Twitter

Meet Their Debut Novel:

Black Swan meets Pretty Little Liars in this soapy, drama-packed novel featuring diverse characters who will do anything to be the prima at their elite ballet school.

Gigi, Bette, and June, three top students at an exclusive Manhattan ballet school, have seen their fair share of drama. Free-spirited new girl Gigi just wants to dance—but the very act might kill her. Privileged New Yorker Bette's desire to escape the shadow of her ballet star sister brings out a dangerous edge in her. And perfectionist June needs to land a lead role this year or her controlling mother will put an end to her dancing dreams forever. When every dancer is both friend and foe, the girls will sacrifice, manipulate, and backstab to be the best of the best.

I'm so excited to read their book! Today the Sona and Dhonielle share four ballet movies to get you ready for Tiny Pretty Things.

Guest Post:

Dance & Drama? Yes Please!
These ballet movies will prime you for your TINY PRETTY THINGS experience
TINY PRETTY THINGS hits shelves this week! Can’t wait to dig in? Check out these four awesome ballet movies that will definitely get you ready for the spotlight.
Okay, so real ballerinas can’t take the dancing in this 2000 flick seriously – but YA lovers will no doubt adore the frenemies, forbidden romance, and Zoe Saldana infamously stubbing out a cigarette with her toe shoe. A must-watch for any dance fan, the flick stars San Francisco Ballet dancer Amanda Schull, alongside New York City ballet star Ethan Stiefel.

Perhaps the best known dance flick to date, the Oscar-nominated Darren Aronofsky thrillerwhich earned star Natalie Portman an Academy Award for best actress – explores the shadowy underbelly of the dance world and the lengths ballerinas will go to for that top spot. With it’s fairytale nightmare of a Swan Lake tale, it’s dark and exquisite, much like ballet itself.

This dance docu-drama focuses on the uber-competitive Youth America Grand Prix, a ballet championship, following six pre-professional dancers as they compete for scholarships and placements at cutthroat academies worldwide. With talent like Michaela DePrince, Miko Fogarty and Aran Bell featured, the 2013 release showcases the high stakes reality teen dancers face as they prepare for the professional stage.  

Most dance fans have heard about the amazing rise of American Ballet Theatre star Misty Copeland -- who started dancing at 13 and has changed the face of modern ballet. This upcoming documentary digs deep into Misty’s life on and off the stage in 2013, when she was performing her first ABT lead in Firebird and undergoing a corrective surgery that put her dance career in the balance. It’s a finely crafted cinema verite look at the real struggles every professional dancer faces.

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  1. Gah I just absolutely loved Tiny Pretty Things! It was dark and intense and showed the world of ballet in a light I had never even imagined before. Never have been involved in competitive dancing myself, this was entirely new to me and the comparison of TPT with Black Swan is just spot on!

    Rhea @ Rhea's Neon Journal

  2. I am so excited for Tiny Pretty Things - thanks for the giveaway!
    Missie @ A Flurry of Ponderings

  3. I hadn't heard of this book, it sounds interesting

  4. I actually have a review copy of this one that I am going to be getting around to this summer! As soon as I saw the cover for this one and heard about what it entailed, I knew I was going to love it. I hope I do as well ^^

  5. I love the description of this book..."Black Swan meets Pretty Little Liars." I've heard good things and look forward to reading it! - Jennifer Y.

  6. I'm sucker for drama and dancing! I'm so excited to read this book! And oh, such a lovelg cover too!


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