The Graceful Ghost by Eleanor Dixon

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The Graceful Ghost by Eleanor Dixon
Genre – Children (middle grade), Fantasy
Page Count – 266 pages
Grace has haunted her ancestral home, Amberwood Hall, for 200 years. However, it wasn’t until it became a girls’ ballet school that she discovered her passion for the art. Now she has a burning desire to visit live ballet performances and experience the thrill of thunderous applause. But she can’t leave Amberwood!
Her fellow ghost, former stable boy Rodney (who can go anywhere he wants) has discovered that if Grace can help someone achieve their dream, she will be free of the spell that binds her.
So when twelve-year-old Lauren Mason auditions for a place at the school, Grace decides she’s the one. It seems though that Lauren is so wrapped up in problems she can’t dance, and she won’t let Grace help. Is another year to go by without Grace achieving her own dreams? Or can she break down Lauren’s defences?
A timeless, fast paced story combines humour and emotional conflict with the world of ballet boarding school.


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My school life was spent in a girls’ boarding-school specialising in classical ballet and on leaving I danced professionally, touring Europe, for 4 years. After that I ran my own ballet school in Athens, Greece for a number of years and simultaneously volunteered as a veterinary nurse, as my love of animals is the driving force in my life. I returned to England with my horse and my cat, and now live on a smallholding in Shropshire with various farm animals and a constant stream of pets.

 I started writing while in Greece and completed a Creative Writing Course with the Writers’ Bureau. The same year, I won an annual competition in the Writing Magazine for an adult Fairy Story.

On my return to England I wrote two children’s books, but my new life, caring for Highland Cattle, sheep, hens and pets, coupled with extensive global travel, meant that writing for publication took a back seat. I continued my love of writing with a daily journal and amusing travel blogs of each trip.

I am now writing full time and THE GRACEFUL GHOST draws on my own experiences in ballet-boarding-school and my early teenage life, including divorced parents and a father who ‘took the dog’.

I am currently working on a 6 book series called TALLY AND THE ANGEL. Tally and her angel’s first adventure takes them to India. In the second book they go to Canada, in North Yukon and the third in Japan. I intend them to have adventures in Greece, Egypt, Peru – anywhere I have been, really.

Author Interview With Eleanor Dixon




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