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December 19, 2010

Aria of the Sea

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Aria of the Sea by Dia Calhoun: Book Cover

Aria of the Sea

Author: Dia Calhoun

Reading Level: 5

Page Length: 264

Genre: Fiction

Career Connections: Dancer, Healer   

PLOT SUMMARY: After the death of her mother, Cerinthe Gale decides to follow the dream of her mother by pursuing her dancing talents.  She travels to the School of Royal Dancers, where she is accepted after the audition, although she is a commoner.  Cerinthe has the gifts of a healer.  However, she feels guilty because she was unable to save the life of her mother.  Because of this guilt, Cerinthe feels emptiness inside that is not fulfilled through her dancing. 

At the school, Cerinthe has several incidents which make her feel even more inept.  She has a disagreement with a young man she actually feels some desire for, a miscommunication with a teacher, a huge rivalry with Elliana – a very rich student, and an encounter with a mederi – a healer with magical powers.

When an accident between Cerinthe and Elliana occurs, Cerinthe is faced with the question she had earlier in her life with her mother—should she try to help Elliana or wait for the mederi to arrive?

REVIEW: This is a great book for girls from middle school to high school age who are interested in dance or any competition to read.  The characters are well developed and their feelings are easy to relate to.  The idea that a young girl can possess healing powers is intriguing and the discipline that dancers must endure is inspiring.


AREAS OF TEACHING: Setting, Character, Conflict, Sequence of Events

RELATED BOOKS: Avielle of Rhia, The Phoenix Dance, White Midnight


MUSIC, MOVIE, AND ART CONNECTIONS: The Turning Point (1977), The Company (2003), and Center Stage (2000)

REVIEWED BY: Shirley Wagner


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