Today I want to highlight Phantom's Dance by Lesa Howard! It's a modern retelling of "The Phantom of the Opera" by Gaston Leroux and after reading the excerpt I knew this has to be awesome!
Christine Dadey’s family uprooted their lives and moved to Houston for her to attend the prestigious Rousseau Academy of Dance. Now, two years later, Christine struggles to compete among the Academy’s finest dancers, her parents are on the brink of divorce, and she’s told no one about her debilitating performance anxiety and what she’s willing to do to cope with it.
Erik was a ballet prodigy, a savant, destined to be a star on the world’s stage, but a suspicious fire left Erik’s face horribly disfigured. Now, a lonely phantom forced to keep his scars hidden, he spends his nights haunting the theater halls, mourning all he’s lost. Then, from behind the curtain he sees the lovely Christine. The moldable, malleable Christine.
Drawn in by Erik’s unwavering confidence, Christine allows herself to believe Erik’s declarations that he can transform her into the dancer she longs to be. But Christine’s hope of achieving her dreams may be her undoing when she learns Erik is not everything he claims. And before long, Erik’s shadowy past jeopardizes Christine’s unstable present as his obsession with her becomes hopelessly entangled with his plans for revenge.
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Lesa Howard lives in the greater Houston area where she works as a writer-in-residence for the nonprofit organization Writers in the Schools, but her students know her as Lesa Boutin.
She was passionate about writing for teens before it was ever labeled Young Adult, and her latest YA novel is Phantom's Dance, which is a modern retelling of Gaston Leroux's Phantom of the Opera.
She also has written two books under the name Lesa Boutin: Amanda Noble, Zookeeper Extraordinaire and Amanda Noble, Special Agent.