Inspired by Cato’s sketches of a African-American ballerina Oscar-winning actress and View” co-host Whoopi Goldberg has created a new series set at the Nutcracker Ballet School in Harlem.
Book 1 – “Plum Fantastic” – In this first title Alex Johnson discovers it’s hard being the new ballerina on the block.
Book 2 – “Toeshoe Trouble” – Award-winning actress Goldberg is back with the second installment of her Sugar Plum Ballerinas series. Brenda Black needs the help of her Sugar Plum Sisters when she gets into a mess after her spoiled cousin comes to visit.
Book 3 – “Perfectly Prima” – Jerzey Mae is frustrated by her friends’ jokes about her terrible dancing. When she learns her idol a prima ballerina will be attending her recital Jerzey mae is determined to improve. But her efforts to learn her dance are continually thwarted – until she finds help in a very unexpected place.
Book 4 – “Terrible Terrel” – Terrel’s dad surprises her with his new girlfiend during a night out at the ballet – a night that was supposed to be father-daughter time. With some Sugar Plum help Terrel takes charge of breaking up her father’s new relationship.
Book 5 – “Sugar Plums to the Rescue!” – Triplets Jessica JoAnn and Jerzey and their friends in ballet class try to keep the building that houses The Nutcracker School from being torn down while also trying to rescue a stray kitten.
Book 6 – “Dancing Divas” – When Epatha tries to spice up the choreography of the new ballet in Harlem with her free-spirited style the rest of the Sugar Plum ballerinas encourage her to keep her toes in line.
Ages 6 – 10 years
Reading level – 3.9
Pages – approx 150