The Chocolate Box Girls: Summer's Dream Award-winning

by Cathy Cassidy (author)

Suitable for 9 - 11 years

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Beautiful, golden-haired Summer has always dreamed of dancing. So when a place at her chosen ballet school comes up, she wants it so badly it hurts. Middle school ends and the holidays start – but unlike her sisters, Summer has no time for lazy days and beach parties. The audition becomes her obsession, and things start spiralling out of control. But the more Summer tries to find perfection, the more lost she feels. Will she finally see that dreams come in all shapes and sizes?

  • The third book in Cathy Cassidy’s gorgeous series
  • Irresistible family fiction for fans of Hilary McKay
  • A compelling tale of finding your own happy medium
  • Summery and heartwarming but with important themes

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AR book level: 5.2; Middle years plus; 7.0 points

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  • 288 pages




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  1. CrazyBookGirl
    on 30 April 2019

    This book is amazing – it will make you laugh cry and smile! I would recommend it for age 10+ but if you are younger – have a go! Xx Cathy Cassidy never fails to impress me!

  2. bimbo12334
    on 15 December 2014

    This book was amazing me and my sister both love it its definitely 5/5

  3. tomgates27
    on 17 March 2014

    this was the first cathy cassidy book i had read and i loved it

    5out of 5
  4. loobyloulou123
    on 9 March 2014

    This book is absolutely amazing you have so got to read it! NOW

    5out of 5
  5. Rumaitha12
    on 5 March 2014

    I personally think that this is a fabulous book explaining the life of summer. J think this is the second best book in the series. I recommend it.

  6. xoluchix
    on 30 August 2013

    HI just got it from the libary yesterday gonna read it


  7. lillycutety874
    on 8 March 2013

    I really like this book

  8. natashakrywald
    on 8 March 2013

    very good

  9. supercoolcharm
    on 8 March 2013

    A lovely story!! It is one of the best book!

    5out of 5
  10. AgentTigerlily132
    on 8 March 2013

    Cathay is a really good author! x

  11. bouncybunny
    on 7 March 2013

    A really good book about a giel who always wanted to dance she tries too hard and nearly reck her chance to do her dream I really good book or 10+ or older

  12. ellie-melay27
    on 6 March 2013

    i liked this book, i could not put it down i recommend it for about 10- 14 yr olds xx

  13. sunnyrainbow123
    on 5 March 2013


    RATE:9/10 RECOMMEND:9+

  14. Zoyaangel
    on 5 March 2013

    This book is so cool

  15. inge22
    on 5 March 2013

    Brilliant, loved it! The fab thrid!

    5out of 5
  16. lap312i
    on 5 March 2013

    this book is really interesting

  17. stupendousteen
    on 5 March 2013

    great book. a Must read

    5out of 5
  18. Magicme11
    on 4 March 2013

    Summer and Sky are totally cool.Summer is my favourite.I like how Cathy Cassidy tells the story.One of my fave books ever.

    5out of 5
  19. chloewhite33
    on 4 March 2013

    This book is so cool! Summer has to get her place in the dance school so she practially starves herself so she is ‘the right shape’

  20. totalbookworm
    on 2 March 2013

    Extraordinary Book. It explains the concept of ambition really well. How you “can want something so badly that it hurts.” As soon as I read the first line, I knew I am going to love it. Until then, I thought that no writer can write books that really move me apart from ‘My Sister Jodie’ by Jacqueline Wilson, but this book certainly did. Maybe because I have big ambitions myself, so I can really relate to it, but whatever it is Summer really did inspire me.

    5out of 5
  21. xxChocolateBoxGirlxx
    on 2 March 2013

    I absolutely love this book. This is the third book in the Chocolate Box Girls series by Cathy Cassidy and its my favourite.Summer has big dreams and her biggest dream of all is to attend The Royal Ballet school in London.Summer has the chance to achieve but she has to work really hard.But then she works too hard and things start spiraling out of control. I would recommend this book to any girl who loves Cathy Cassidy <3

  22. lemonade123
    on 15 December 2012

    I love this book so much as i am into ballet and its really inspiring!

    5out of 5
  23. sweet-cupcake32
    on 10 November 2012

    This book was absolutely gorgeous! It just has to be the best by Cathy Cassidy!

    Summer tries her best to get into The Royal Ballet School. She’s on a diet, practices extra hard and, well, she gets anorexia. 100% guarantee, you’ll love this book!!! Read the book to find out more…

    5out of 5
  24. lyddie3x
    on 8 November 2012

    I absolutely love all the Chocolate Box Girls books so far :) Can’t wait for the next one!!!!

    5out of 5
  25. suchie
    on 6 November 2012

    this is the best book ever !!!!!!! havnt actualy read it yet but really wanting to

    5out of 5
  26. ClockworkDragon
    on 18 October 2012

    I thought this was a brilliant book, very well written and about quite a sensitive subject. The author handles it perfectly! Would definitely recommend.

    5out of 5
  27. Jennicom
    on 14 October 2012

    I loved this book so much! It is truly amazing.

    5out of 5
  28. cuitiepie
    on 3 September 2012

    it sounds very good and i would like to read it

    5out of 5
  29. Cupcakekid11
    on 2 September 2012

    I loved this book – It’s my favourite of the chocolate box girls series!

    5out of 5
  30. Missteffi101
    on 29 August 2012

    This book is really good I love it!

    5out of 5
  31. madistar23
    on 29 August 2012

    I love this series. Cathy Cassidy is now loved even more by her new fans that have read the Chocolate Box Girls’ Series.

  32. Ollymursrocksdotcom
    on 25 August 2012

    2 words, Imaginitive and amazing. Thanks for another amazing story!

    5out of 5
  33. kkitt-kkatt
    on 23 August 2012

    so good. it also teaches girls about what can happen if your eating habits get out of control. full of knowledge and a great read