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Quiet Pilar worries about a lot of things, especially too much attention. Good thing she has her dancing, which makes her feel strong and calm. But when she learns she must try out in front of judges to be in her favorite ballet, she doesn't feel calm at all! To dance in the show she loves, Pilar must find a way to overcome her fears. Can she do it?

Albert Whitman & Co., October 2018

Nervous kids will be able to relate, especially when Pilar describes how she feels after every mishap, and they’ll have their confidence bolstered by Pilar’s smart coping techniques, such as using positive thinking, talking about her feelings with friends and family, and taking time to do the things she truly loves.
— Booklist Online
VERDICT A solid addition to help young readers develop empathy and ­resilience.
— School Library Journal