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What could be better than a magic dress shop, where each gorgeous outfit takes you on an adventure through time and imagination? A shop with hundreds of dresses in every colour of the rainbow, sewn with magic thread, all ready to whisk you away? Ava has just discovered the enchantment of Marietta’s special dressing-up shop, so she can’t wait to try on a twinkling tutu with matching ballet slippers. Instantly, she finds herself magically swept away to Victorian times. It seems she has an important part to play in a sparkly ballet show… and in making another girl’s dreams come true! Captivating fantasy fiction for girls by the bestselling Gwyneth Rees.

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Macmillan Children's Books

Date published

May 6th, 2011

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Accelerated Reader

AR book level: 6.2; Middle years; 5.0 points




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  1. Ballerina11
    on 21 March 2014

    This is a great book and I loved when she went into the mirror.

    4out of 5
  2. Princess-Strawberry
    on 30 September 2013

    This book lets my imagination run wild:-)

    5out of 5
  3. KarlMagic33
    on 7 March 2013

    Really Good!

  4. samcharlie123
    on 6 March 2013

    A fabulous book! A great read.

    5out of 5
  5. TheMileLongBookshelfBlog
    on 4 March 2013

    This was one of my favourite books when I was younger. It had a great plot and it got me hooked on the rest of her books.

    5out of 5
  6. Book-Club-Review-Team
    on 17 April 2012

    The main characters in the story are Ava, Marietta (Ava’s aunt) and Otto (Ava’s Dad).

    The story line is Ava travels through a magic mirror into Victorian times.

    My favourite part is when Ava is very kind and lends her tutu to Florrie(the chimney sweeper) because Ava is helping Florrie to get a place in Madam Varty Ballet School.

    I think this book is suitable for girls any age who believe in magic.

    Kloe, age 10

  7. lemonademouth
    on 15 January 2012

    this book is really good because my dad got it me and i read it so it was really interesting so i am giving it 5 stars!!!!!!

    5out of 5
  8. sisi18543977
    on 16 July 2011


    5out of 5