Dance Jam Productions


Mataya "Mattie" Black Hawk loves dancing. Music, more than anything else, helps her deal with the scars of her childhood. In her effort to land a spot as a regular on a local teen dance show, she gets more than she bargained for.

Reader Enjoyment Factors:

The plot moves quickly, with the right balance of character development and action.
Student reviewer: I liked the element of mystery; it was really exciting.

Content Awareness Factors:

None. Although you don't need to read Secrets and Kisses first, you may want to so you can understand references to the characters in that story.
Student reviewer: It was over too fast.

Young Reader Reaction

This book is a great mystery and love story. This would be a great read for high school girls: it is a mystery and a love story, so they get the best of both worlds. I picked the book because of the description on the back made it look interesting. I couldn't put it down, and I want to read it again. It was really entertaining.

Parent Reaction

This is a fun, fast read (even if you're not a teen anymore). It's a nice follow-on to Secrets and Kisses.

Type of Book:
This is a mystery adventure for young adults.
Educational Themes:

Although principally just a fictional novel, teens trying to come to grips with "family secrets" may find a kindred spirit in Mattie.

Reading Level:
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
13 and Up
Recommended Age To Read Together:
10 to 13
Age of child:
Read by student at the Woodside Magnet High School for Arts and Communication (Newport News, VA)
Purchase Recommendation:
Buy. It's a great book story for the money.

Title Dance Jam Productions
Author Celise Downs
Publisher Gemini Mojo Press © 2004
ISBN 0975290711
Material Paperback
Cost $8.50
Genres Mystery
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