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Billy's mother is dead, and his father and brother are fiercely involved in a bitter miners' fight that has split the local community. Billy's father wants his son to learn boxing, like he did and his father before him. But Billy is fascinated by the grace and magic of ballet and is determined to dance his way to a different future...


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Billy's mother is dead, and his father and brother are fiercely involved in a bitter miners' fight that has split the local community. Billy's father wants his son to learn boxing, like he did and his father before him. But Billy is fascinated by the grace and magic of ballet and is determined to dance his way to a different future...

30 review for Billy Elliot (teen edition) (Unabridged Audiobook)

  1. 5 out of 5

    Joey

    I am also into reading novelized movies aside from watching adapted movies. I tend not to be content with watching movies with my mouth agape; I want to understand the whole story completely, for there are times that I can’t follow the dialogues because I’m not much familiar with accent with which characters speak. Billy Elliot is the only movie that comes to my mind when someone asks me what my favorite movie is. It is a British dance drama film about an eleven-year-old boy desiring to be a prof I am also into reading novelized movies aside from watching adapted movies. I tend not to be content with watching movies with my mouth agape; I want to understand the whole story completely, for there are times that I can’t follow the dialogues because I’m not much familiar with accent with which characters speak. Billy Elliot is the only movie that comes to my mind when someone asks me what my favorite movie is. It is a British dance drama film about an eleven-year-old boy desiring to be a professional ballet dancer. However, both his father and brother are inculcated in the negative stereotype of the male ballet dancer. Males into this kind of art in western society in the early 19th century were said to be weak, effeminate, or homosexual. In short, all boys in his countryside are supposed to do things only for males. So, it is a big decision for Billy, especially both his father and brother are miners struggling against the government’s plan to close all coal mines. Reading the novelized movie has made me love the movie more. The novel and the movie have the same scenes. The dialogues became crystal-clear to me. The characters’ voices were even echoing through my head except Billy’s famous lines when a tutor asks him what he feels when he’s dancing. In the book, it goes, “When I dance, my body is full of fire, and I forget everything.”, but in the movie: “Don't know. Sorta feels good. Sorta stiff and that, but once I get going... then I like, forget everything. And... sorta disappear. Sorta disappear. Like I feel a change in my whole body. And I've got this fire in my body. I'm just there. Flyin' like a bird. Like electricity. Yeah, like electricity.” Also, it seems that the novel has been expurgated for the F-words steeped in the film. In the movie, I could almost hear quite a few bad words which seem to be a common way of communication among early Irish people. No doubt the movie has been censored for young audience as far as I know. On the other hand, I have proven that Billy is not gay at all. Count me in those people who have the negative stereotype of the male ballet dancer. I deserve to be pilloried in public or put to the sword.(laughs) The story is narrated by the main characters: Billy, Jack , his father; Tony, his older brother, and Michael, his gay best friend. So, I did not have a hard time reading it. In fact, the sequence of the plot is almost similar to the movie. After reading it, I watched my favorite scenes in the movie again: when Billy dances to his father’s presence, when he auditions at the ballet school (definitely one of the unforgettable scenes) when one of the school tutors asks him what he feels when he dances, when he opens the letter whether he is in or not, when his father and brother go watch his major ballet concert and come across his gay best friend Michael- the leave-me-in-the-air finale. My favorite scene in the movie when Billy dances to his dad's presence The major moral lesson of the story which is why it is one of my most favorite movies is that follow your dream no matter how harsh the culture you conform to. Such dilemma is still typical of our culture nowadays. There are still different traditional norms women and men should follow. Aside from the novelized movies Billy Elliot and Brokeback Mountain, I also want to read the novelizations of Eclipse and Beach(2000) in which both starred by Hollywood actor Leonardo Dicaprio, Braveheart directed by and starring Mel Gibson, 3 Idiots (1999,India). I also wish that there are some available for my favorite pink movies such as Love of Siam (2007, Thailand), Boys Love 1 (Bōizu Rabu) (2006, Japan), and Prayer for Bobby ( 2009, USA), to name a few. :)

  2. 4 out of 5

    Vicky

    Originally reviewed at: http://www.booksbiscuitsandtea.co.uk/... The reason why I picked up this book is that Billy Elliot is one of my all time favourite films and I was really intrigued by the fact that it’s been released as a novel. Since it’s related to my thesis work I’ll have to start working on in the next few weeks and it’s been a while since I’ve seen the film, I decided to combine work with pleasure and read Melvin Burgess’s novel. To be honest, I found Billy’s narration quite strange a Originally reviewed at: http://www.booksbiscuitsandtea.co.uk/... The reason why I picked up this book is that Billy Elliot is one of my all time favourite films and I was really intrigued by the fact that it’s been released as a novel. Since it’s related to my thesis work I’ll have to start working on in the next few weeks and it’s been a while since I’ve seen the film, I decided to combine work with pleasure and read Melvin Burgess’s novel. To be honest, I found Billy’s narration quite strange at first and I thought it wouldn’t live up to my expectations after all – but I couldn’t be further from the truth. Burgess’s novel is just as good, if not better, than the film and I was in tears all the way to the end. What I loved about it the most is the fact that it’s narrated by several different people. Most of the time it’s Billy who’s speaking but there are chapters that are told by either Billy’s father, brother, or his friend Michael. I loved the contrast between these chapters, especially those of the father’s and his two children. The way we see things from a twelve-year-old’s point of view at first and then from an adult’s is just brilliant. Billy’s father was definitely my favourite character and I really enjoyed reading the story from his perspective as well. It was actually one of the reasons why I eventually found the book even more touching than the film. The way he describes what he feels about his wife, how poverty-stricken they are and how he can’t do anything to build a better future for his sons, how he’s ready to sacrifice himself and give up everything just to make at least one of their dreams come true is very touching. However, there are two things I should mention – rather as an advice than something negative- in connection with the book. The first one is that even though it’s a young adult book, it contains strong language therefore it might not be suitable for everyone. The other thing is that, I think, you really need to have some sort of background information about Thatcher’s reign and this era in order to fully understand what Billy and his family are going through, what the strike is about and what state their town is in at the time. All in all, Melvin Burgess’s novel is a fantastic read you don’t want to miss, whether or not you’ve seen the film before. It’s a tear-jerking tale about hope, sacrifice, love and devotion and I can guarantee that you’ll fall in love with it even if you’re not familiar with the story yet. It’s a definite must-read.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Rizal

    This is an adaptation from a movie. I LOVE it, LOVE IT! (and I actually cried for this book, it was so good) It is about... A boy who want to be a ballet dancer instead of a boxer. I guess this month is a diversity reading month for me and I'm loving it!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Markus

    Billy Elliot was a nice and quick read, but I was hoping so much more from it. I definitely liked how the story went on and the fact that it was easy to read. I enjoyed how it handled family and kind of LGBT issues, how it proved stereotypes wrong. On the downside, nothing was explained. I understand that it was originally a musical and the book was adapted, but it was rather poorly done. All the point of view changes were jumpy and I wanted to get to know the characters better. I did enjoy the Billy Elliot was a nice and quick read, but I was hoping so much more from it. I definitely liked how the story went on and the fact that it was easy to read. I enjoyed how it handled family and kind of LGBT issues, how it proved stereotypes wrong. On the downside, nothing was explained. I understand that it was originally a musical and the book was adapted, but it was rather poorly done. All the point of view changes were jumpy and I wanted to get to know the characters better. I did enjoy the book though, but it was kinda meh for me.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Dagmar

    I love Billy Elliott!!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Nadia Phillips

    Billy Elliot is a novel written by Melvin Burgees. Billy Elliot is also a really famous play that was written by Lee Hall. It is about a boy who likes to dance especially ballet dance. Billy's father made Billy box but Billy's passion was dancing. Billy lives with his brother called Tony Elliot and his dad called Jackie Elliot. His mum died a long time ago. Billy would go to Mrs Wilkinson for ballet lesson for 50 pence. He would go home and practice like doing the spin. When his father asked him Billy Elliot is a novel written by Melvin Burgees. Billy Elliot is also a really famous play that was written by Lee Hall. It is about a boy who likes to dance especially ballet dance. Billy's father made Billy box but Billy's passion was dancing. Billy lives with his brother called Tony Elliot and his dad called Jackie Elliot. His mum died a long time ago. Billy would go to Mrs Wilkinson for ballet lesson for 50 pence. He would go home and practice like doing the spin. When his father asked him what he was doing he would lie to his father and say that it was for boxing. My favourite part of the story is when Billy and his dad went to London for Billy's audition. He did the position for the audition well but when he needed to do a solo dance the song was halfway through instead he just stood there and stared at the judges. He remembered what Mrs Wilkinson told him which was “Billy you’re not concentrating! When you’re up there in front of an audience, you have to concentrate, no matter what’s going on. So go on - just do it!”, so Billy danced(135). When he finished his audition he ran to the changing room and there was a boy who tried to comfort Billy but Billy didn’t need comfort and so Billy punched him. Billy was in a lot of trouble and he thought that he would never ever will get into this school. At the end of the story Billy succeeded in getting a place at the dance school. When he performed he had to do a spin. When his brother shouted Billy’s name and he did a spin and another spin for his family(155). I recommend this book to 13 years old and up because there is some bad language in this book. I would also recommend this book to people who like to dance and also to people who strives for something but they are not allowed to do but are determined to follow their dreams. I rated this book 5 stars because the author described the book in full detail. I could really understand what was happening and I thought it was a really great book.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Bookproject_seebacher

    “Billy Elliot“ was written by Melvin Burgess and based on the motion picture screenplay by Lee Hall. It's a novel about a boy, who wants to become a ballet dancer. The book is for ages 11 and above. Billy lives in a poor family and has to take care of his grandmother. He takes boxing lessons, but instead of boxing, he likes dancing around the ring. That behaviour makes Billy's father Jackie angry, because of the fact that Jackie and Tony, Billy's brother, don't earn much money and the boxing lesso “Billy Elliot“ was written by Melvin Burgess and based on the motion picture screenplay by Lee Hall. It's a novel about a boy, who wants to become a ballet dancer. The book is for ages 11 and above. Billy lives in a poor family and has to take care of his grandmother. He takes boxing lessons, but instead of boxing, he likes dancing around the ring. That behaviour makes Billy's father Jackie angry, because of the fact that Jackie and Tony, Billy's brother, don't earn much money and the boxing lessons are expensive. However, Billy is interested in Mrs Wilkinson's ballet class and soon he learns some moves. Weeks later, Jackie finds out Billy had not taken his boxing classes and noticed him taking ballet lessons. They have an argument and Billy runs away from home to Mrs Wilkinson's house. She tells him that Billy should audition for the Royal Ballet School and that she will teach him. But Billy misses the audition and Mrs Wilkinson tells the family what has happened. Jackie wants to aid Billy in his audition and he knows he needs a lot of money, but Billy's boxing teacher organises a raffle to raise money. Will Billy get the chance to study at the Royal Ballet School? This book is about gender roles and expectations of society and I think it's good to read such a book, because it shows that a boy could also be a ballet dancer or general that you can be whoever you want to be. I think in this time it's very important to accept and tolerate that. I like the story and recommend the book! Sophie

  8. 5 out of 5

    Chloe

    After having recently re-discovered the brilliant movie that is Billy Elliot, my friend told be that it had also been published as a book. I found and purchased it within minutes, and I'm so glad I did. The book was absolutely fantastic with staying true to the original plot, but while still being original by giving the reader chapters in some of the other characters perspective. I really enjoyed knowing what each of the different characters were thinking, and seeing their view on things. I fini After having recently re-discovered the brilliant movie that is Billy Elliot, my friend told be that it had also been published as a book. I found and purchased it within minutes, and I'm so glad I did. The book was absolutely fantastic with staying true to the original plot, but while still being original by giving the reader chapters in some of the other characters perspective. I really enjoyed knowing what each of the different characters were thinking, and seeing their view on things. I finished the book from cover to cover within hours, all in one sitting - because even though I knew the outcome of the plot, I wanted to see how the author displayed different events and characters, and I loved how familiar to the film and production it was, but also different in a lot of ways. I would definitely recommend this book to any fans of the movie and production, and will definitely be re-reading it in the near future.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jane

    There isn't actually all that much to say about this story. The entire story should serve as a reminder that everyone should stay themselves and life isn't about living the way others want you to, but the way you want to. The ending is a bit predictable even though I anticipated a slightly different one for a few chapters. There are several POV-s and each adds something to the story. Billy's POV was my favourite and Tony's my least favourite. The season this book reminds me of? Strike season. :) There isn't actually all that much to say about this story. The entire story should serve as a reminder that everyone should stay themselves and life isn't about living the way others want you to, but the way you want to. The ending is a bit predictable even though I anticipated a slightly different one for a few chapters. There are several POV-s and each adds something to the story. Billy's POV was my favourite and Tony's my least favourite. The season this book reminds me of? Strike season. :) The year is 1984. Miners are striking and one miner's son discovers that he isn't interested in boxing or any of that. He wants to dance. Ballet, to be specific. A dance that most considered unmanly at that time. There are some setbacks and in the end ... ;) You can find both this review and more on my book blog The Book Challengers.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Chie Akura

    1. Penguin Readers level 3 2. 6/28=30minutes, 6/29=30minutes, 7/1=35minutes 3. coal, ballet, boxing, strike, hard, accept, professional 4. I like this story very much. Billy who is a main character does what he wants even if other people say anything. He wanted to ballet though he is a boy. I was encouraged by that part. 5. I thought that to do something what I like or I should continuously is important. I noticed again that if I continue something it would get better. I thought I should exert al 1. Penguin Readers level 3 2. 6/28=30minutes, 6/29=30minutes, 7/1=35minutes 3. coal, ballet, boxing, strike, hard, accept, professional 4. I like this story very much. Billy who is a main character does what he wants even if other people say anything. He wanted to ballet though he is a boy. I was encouraged by that part. 5. I thought that to do something what I like or I should continuously is important. I noticed again that if I continue something it would get better. I thought I should exert all possible efforts.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Kayo Nakagaki

    1. Penguin level 3 2. 11/15 20min 11/19 65min 3. ballet, boxing, mother, piano, father, London, dancer 4. a) I'm not a gay. b) When I read this scene, I thought Billy is gay. But ballet isn't only for girls, but also for boys. My thinking is discrimination based on gender. 5. At first, father opposed Billy going to a dance school in London and become a ballet dancer. However, finally he cheered and understood his son. And he was proud of his son. In my opinion, love between parents and children is s 1. Penguin level 3 2. 11/15 20min 11/19 65min 3. ballet, boxing, mother, piano, father, London, dancer 4. a) I'm not a gay. b) When I read this scene, I thought Billy is gay. But ballet isn't only for girls, but also for boys. My thinking is discrimination based on gender. 5. At first, father opposed Billy going to a dance school in London and become a ballet dancer. However, finally he cheered and understood his son. And he was proud of his son. In my opinion, love between parents and children is so deep.

  12. 4 out of 5

    ✧Riho✧

    1,Penguin level 3 2,6/15 60min 6/16 30min 3,dance,boy,family,life,study,sport,like 4,The main charactor is Elliot. Elliot is 11 years old. His family are poor, so they want Elliot to be rich. Elliot learn boxing to get a lot of money,but he doesn't like boxing. One day, he looked the lesson of dance. He became want to be a dancer, but his family oppose to be dancer.In the future, he became a famous dancer overcame family's opposition. 5,I have little interest in this book. This book is fun, but I th 1,Penguin level 3 2,6/15 60min 6/16 30min 3,dance,boy,family,life,study,sport,like 4,The main charactor is Elliot. Elliot is 11 years old. His family are poor, so they want Elliot to be rich. Elliot learn boxing to get a lot of money,but he doesn't like boxing. One day, he looked the lesson of dance. He became want to be a dancer, but his family oppose to be dancer.In the future, he became a famous dancer overcame family's opposition. 5,I have little interest in this book. This book is fun, but I think that this story is little monotonous.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Lyonsl

    enjoyed this book. a good story and full of funny things happening.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Neu

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I read this book for a class and had to analyze different elements of the book for a paper. While I enjoyed the book, it isn't what I usually read and even though I liked the story, the novel is just all right for me. Nothing special. Billy Elliot is a shy 12-year old boy who randomly discovers his love for ballet one day. A boy dancing ballet is unheard of in his community but Billy shows maturity and open-mindedness when considering why the working class does not accept of boys dancing. “Ballet I read this book for a class and had to analyze different elements of the book for a paper. While I enjoyed the book, it isn't what I usually read and even though I liked the story, the novel is just all right for me. Nothing special. Billy Elliot is a shy 12-year old boy who randomly discovers his love for ballet one day. A boy dancing ballet is unheard of in his community but Billy shows maturity and open-mindedness when considering why the working class does not accept of boys dancing. “Ballet isn’t what boys do. It’s not football and boxing and being hard. And it’s not going on strike and standing up for yourself and sticking it out with your mates and hanging in together. (…) It’s not what we do. (…) Why isn’t it what we do? Just because no one’s ever done it before, that’s all. Well, once I’ve done it, it is what we do, because I’m one of us too. It doesn’t have to be like him or not at all. Just because I like dancing doesn’t mean I’m turning into someone else (p. 49).” Billy understands the social norms and conventions in his neighborhood but he also sees that there is room for improvement and development in the mindset of the working class. While the quote depicts sensibility from Billy, it also portrays his naïve and juvenile thinking. His views on the gender-roles and issues coming along them are construed by the fact that he is still a child and has not yet encountered and comprehended the world and the harsh realities within it in a way his father and older brother have. His mother’s death is unresolved and Billy has not dealt properly with the emotional repercussions he has met – this is obvious in his relationship with Miss Wilkinson, which at times, almost acts as a mother-son relationship. His friendship with his best friend, who later reveals that he is gay, is another example of Billy’s friendliness, his tolerance and his happy nature. While Billy does have his reservations about homosexuals they are minor and only relate to the fact that he does not want Michael to think he is gay as well, but he is still completely accepting of Michael and his choices. Billy’s development in novel is evident in the last chapters of the book – he is more confident and he has found a common goal he shares with his family and a talent he enjoys developing. The book is written in a 1st person narrative containing multiple perspectives – focusing mainly on Billy and his father, Jackie, but also containing chapters from the point-of-view of side characters Tony, George, Michael and a pawnbroker. This usage of several viewpoints makes the characters more complex, round and reliable as they are all seen in different situations by different people. As the narrative is in 1st person, one character might keep things hidden only to be revealed later in a new chapter by another character. It makes the story flow and keeps the pace steady as well as making the reader understand the intentions and opinions behind a character’s statements and situations better as they are viewed by multiple people. Billy Elliot, his family and neighborhood belong in the working class. Ever since his father and the rest of the miners went on a strike, they have been low on money. The extend of their poverty shines through at the end of the novel, with Jackie having to pawn Sarah’s ring to pay for tickets for Billy’s audition. When the ring does not provide enough money, they host a fundraiser, invite most of the neighborhood and sell them raffle tickets – however, since almost no one in the community has any income, they are not able to earn money for the ticket this way. To keep warm inside the house, Jackie Elliot is forced to carve up Sarah’s old piano and burn the wood. The neighborhood is a tight-knit community where everybody knows everybody. The working class has a close-minded view on gender-roles and the activities and jobs males and females should partake in. It takes a long time before Jackie and Tony accept Billy and his fondness of ballet because according to the working class dancing is not considered manly and should be reserved for girls only. On the contrary, the middle and upper class do not seem to have issues with boys doing ballet. Miss Wilkinson, belonging in the middle class, encourages Billy to keep dancing and becomes his private dance teacher before his audition. The upper class is present at the audition and there seems to be a lot of boys auditioning, which shows the upper class’ views on gender-roles. The working class is not particular fond of the middle or upper class. Billy and his father encounter the upper class for the first time in London at Billy’s audition. “… All those other kids, they had every advantage you could think of. You could tell. Rich parents, good homes, first-class schools. The schools they go to probably cost more than I earn in a year. (…) And then London and their big houses and their posh kids and rich schools. All we ever had in the northeast was our mines and our jobs and a hard life, and now they were even taking those from us (p. 141).” In the quoted passage, Jackie reflects and complains about the upper class and all the privileges and money they have, which Jackie and his family never had. Billy also expresses his dislike toward the upper class, he finds their accent weird and he feels uncomfortable around them at the audition. The working class interacts with the middle class all throughout the book – the coppers trying to control the demonstrating miners and Billy and his family’s meetings with Miss Wilkinson. The working and middle class are more familiar with each other than then working class and upper class, but the Billy’s neighborhood still think lowly of the middle class and especially Tony has issues with Miss Wilkinson because he thinks that she is trying to act more knowledgeable than him and his family.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Kiko Kawashima

    1. Penguin Readers level3 2. Oct 24 / about 20minutes, Oct 28 / about 30minutes 3. ballet / dancing / coal mine depression / England / London / dream / family love / friend love 4. a) Eleven-years-old Billy Elliot is different from other boys. He is not very clever or good at sports. Then, one day, he discovers ballet dancing. Finally, he has found something that he can do well. But everybody knows that ballet is for girls, not boys. Will Billy continue to dance? Or have his father and brother got 1. Penguin Readers level3 2. Oct 24 / about 20minutes, Oct 28 / about 30minutes 3. ballet / dancing / coal mine depression / England / London / dream / family love / friend love 4. a) Eleven-years-old Billy Elliot is different from other boys. He is not very clever or good at sports. Then, one day, he discovers ballet dancing. Finally, he has found something that he can do well. But everybody knows that ballet is for girls, not boys. Will Billy continue to dance? Or have his father and brother got other plans for him? b) The story is set in London in 1984. So, it tells us about not only Billy's story about ballet, but also the time setting of England at the time. And also it tells us about his family and friends. Billy's father was a coal miner but he lost his job because of a coal mine shaft depression. Then, in England, The movement that fuel tried to turn to oil or gas from coal mine had happened. So, they became poor. I was really moved by the scene that his father sold his engage ring that he really valued. And I was impressed more and more when I read his words that "We're all poor. We're selling the most important things that we own." 5. Of corse, I was also interested in Billy's story. He is not very clever and good at sports, and also in England at the time, There is a fixed idea and conservative opinion that ballet is for girls, and boxing or football is for boys. But Billy has the interest for ballet. He said nothing for fear that his father or brother would scold him, but he went to a ballet school secretly. Actually, I had learned ballet dancing for 10 years when I was children, so I sympathized with his feeling or mind about ballet dancing. I really love this story. I want to see this movie very much.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Steve Mitchell

    Set in during the miner’s strike, this book is a novelisation of the film (which I have not seen yet) that tells the story of a miner’s son that is crap at sports - including boxing, which is a family tradition - but is a natural at ballet. I remember the miner’s strike as the event that nearly turned this country into a police state; nobody will ever convince me that the police were not acting criminally during that protest and were acting upon the orders of Thatcher - and for that reason alone Set in during the miner’s strike, this book is a novelisation of the film (which I have not seen yet) that tells the story of a miner’s son that is crap at sports - including boxing, which is a family tradition - but is a natural at ballet. I remember the miner’s strike as the event that nearly turned this country into a police state; nobody will ever convince me that the police were not acting criminally during that protest and were acting upon the orders of Thatcher - and for that reason alone she must not receive a state funeral (whoops! little bit of politics there). The despair of an entire community about to be destroyed and of a father willing to do anything for his son comes across brilliantly. The fear of a young lad brought up in a tough environment doing something as ‘effeminate’ as ballet is only appreciated by his best friend - who is actually batting for the other side. This is a touching book that is also a nice quick read. Even though I have not seen the film that this book was derived from, I have seen the musical in London’s West End and that was magnificent. I cannot recommend this highly enough.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Aki Tanaka

    *book: Penguin, level 3 *time: 10/24, 120 minutes *summary: Billy, strike, masculinity, coal miner, boxing, ballet, family *questions: 1. Billy who was the main character liked ballet better than boxing even though it is womanish dance. Do you like anything mannish? Yes! I love baseball and blue! My father, my sister, and I played softball, and my brother played baseball, so I understand the rules well. I think it is the most exciting sport! Additionally, my favorite color is blue. Usually, blue is f *book: Penguin, level 3 *time: 10/24, 120 minutes *summary: Billy, strike, masculinity, coal miner, boxing, ballet, family *questions: 1. Billy who was the main character liked ballet better than boxing even though it is womanish dance. Do you like anything mannish? Yes! I love baseball and blue! My father, my sister, and I played softball, and my brother played baseball, so I understand the rules well. I think it is the most exciting sport! Additionally, my favorite color is blue. Usually, blue is for boys, but I like it because it is like the beautiful sky and the sea. 2. Billy's father helped and made Billy to go to the ballet school, at last. If your family wants to start something difficult, can you help him or her? I hope Yes. I am the youngest in my family, but I want to do all I can do for him or her. Before, my father said that he wanted to travel around the world after retiring his job, so someday I want to take my family beside him to other countries in the future.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Elise Bouwknegt

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I like the story but I don't think this was a very good adaptation of the movie, maybe I'm just not in the right demographic but I didn't like the writing. A few of my biggest issues were that first of all the writing is very sexist towards the female ballet dancers and always implies that Billy is the best one just because he's a boy, even though he just started dancing a few days ago. Also the pov is split with some of them adding nothing to the story, because the characters are not developed I like the story but I don't think this was a very good adaptation of the movie, maybe I'm just not in the right demographic but I didn't like the writing. A few of my biggest issues were that first of all the writing is very sexist towards the female ballet dancers and always implies that Billy is the best one just because he's a boy, even though he just started dancing a few days ago. Also the pov is split with some of them adding nothing to the story, because the characters are not developed and feel incredibly disconnected, one chapter is from the pov of a store clerk for some reason. Also they use the word f*** a lot, but always sensor it which is very distracting. I did like how Michael was written and how accepting Billy was that was sweet. Moral of the story is just watch the musical instead of reading a book that literally quotes it and doesn't even have Merry Christmas Maggie Thatcher aka the best song.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Mayumi Inoko

    -Penguin Readers Level 3 -Time 10/28 = 110 minutes -7 word summary: Billy - Jackie - Tony - boxing - ballet - Mrs Wilkinson - audition -Discussion questions 1. Have you ever thought that you are different from others? Yes, I have thought it. When I go shopping, strange clothes often catch my eye's and I often buy them. I feel a little different from average people. I think it is one of my character. 2.Have you ever experienced anything that you did very hard? In my case , I practiced volleyball very ha -Penguin Readers Level 3 -Time 10/28 = 110 minutes -7 word summary: Billy - Jackie - Tony - boxing - ballet - Mrs Wilkinson - audition -Discussion questions 1. Have you ever thought that you are different from others? Yes, I have thought it. When I go shopping, strange clothes often catch my eye's and I often buy them. I feel a little different from average people. I think it is one of my character. 2.Have you ever experienced anything that you did very hard? In my case , I practiced volleyball very hard more than studying. I never forget the experiences that I played volleyball with my team mates. I recommend this book because some people changed their mind during I read it. You can understand how changed they were if you read this book. In addition, I like final scenes the most.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Naoya Minobe

    For soffie's class Minutes 65 Summary boy strike boxing unwilling dance enjoy hidden Q1 In the book main characer Billy plays boxing un willing. His father force him to play boxing as his father and his grandfather did. so Do you have some resson that you don't want to?? A1 Actually when I was in elementary school, basically 2 days in a week, I should go swimming club. Then I wonder why I go swimming school and hesitate to go there. That's so boring for me to go. Q2 In the book, Billy really enjoy da For soffie's class Minutes 65 Summary boy strike boxing unwilling dance enjoy hidden Q1 In the book main characer Billy plays boxing un willing. His father force him to play boxing as his father and his grandfather did. so Do you have some resson that you don't want to?? A1 Actually when I was in elementary school, basically 2 days in a week, I should go swimming club. Then I wonder why I go swimming school and hesitate to go there. That's so boring for me to go. Q2 In the book, Billy really enjoy dancing. However the thing that he play dance without practie boxing is not known by his father. so Do you have some secret activity like he did in the book?? A2. I haven't done such as he did. However I make a lot of things to connect my grade hidden somewhere for not seen.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Yuna Tatsuoka

    -penguin readers level 3 -aurthor :Melvin Burgess -10/16=100 minutes -7 summary words: a elven-year-old boy, strange, family, boxing, ballet dance, exciting and smile -Discussion questions 1, what do you think that your son want to learn ballet dance? -If my son say that, I want him to learn it. I think he should do what he want to do! 2, If you have only a son, what sports do you want him to play? - I want him to play badminton, because I can teache it to him. I recommend this book because it was excit -penguin readers level 3 -aurthor :Melvin Burgess -10/16=100 minutes -7 summary words: a elven-year-old boy, strange, family, boxing, ballet dance, exciting and smile -Discussion questions 1, what do you think that your son want to learn ballet dance? -If my son say that, I want him to learn it. I think he should do what he want to do! 2, If you have only a son, what sports do you want him to play? - I want him to play badminton, because I can teache it to him. I recommend this book because it was exciting that a elven-year-old boy tried ballet dance. I think Ballet dance is for girls, but he tried it. So his feeling that he tried to do what he did was very good!

  22. 5 out of 5

    かりん

    1. Penguin readers level 3 2. 10/28 40min 10/29 50min 3. boys, boxing, girls, ballet, dancing, mum 4. What do you think about an idea of Billy's father that ballet is for girls and boys should not do it? --- I think that the idea is not good. Because there are many men who are good at ballet. It is extremely free what boys and girls, old and young people do and enjoy. 5. I really respect Billy. Because he has himself strongly. I am often controlled and influenced by people and their opinions. So if 1. Penguin readers level 3 2. 10/28 40min 10/29 50min 3. boys, boxing, girls, ballet, dancing, mum 4. What do you think about an idea of Billy's father that ballet is for girls and boys should not do it? --- I think that the idea is not good. Because there are many men who are good at ballet. It is extremely free what boys and girls, old and young people do and enjoy. 5. I really respect Billy. Because he has himself strongly. I am often controlled and influenced by people and their opinions. So if I were him, I must do boxing same as his older brother and father. I want to watch the movie "Billy Elliot" too.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Shiho Kawai

    -Penguin Readers, level 3 -Time: 90 minutes -7 word summary: strike, ballet, boxing, mine, family, fight, and police -Discussion Questions 1. Do you think boys dance ballet? It is OK but I have never heard some boys dance ballet, so if I don't read this book, I may have a biased view. 2. If you have boys, do you want them to box? No, I don't. I like soccer, especially watching the games, so if I have boys, I want them to play soccer. -Comment This book made a deep impression on me. I have never read such -Penguin Readers, level 3 -Time: 90 minutes -7 word summary: strike, ballet, boxing, mine, family, fight, and police -Discussion Questions 1. Do you think boys dance ballet? It is OK but I have never heard some boys dance ballet, so if I don't read this book, I may have a biased view. 2. If you have boys, do you want them to box? No, I don't. I like soccer, especially watching the games, so if I have boys, I want them to play soccer. -Comment This book made a deep impression on me. I have never read such books before.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Haruka Furuta

    1. PENGUIN Level 3 2. 10/8 40 min 10/12 25 min 3. lost, strike, box, ballet, destruction, competition, got into, 4. a A strike can destroy some families. Dad and I are friends because ballet dancing! B they had very complicated relationship after his mother died. however thanks of Billy their relationship is fixed. So I thought, even a small thing could change and solve difficult situation and problems. 5 This book was interesting to read. I thought, I shouldn't judge the things by gender. also, 1. PENGUIN Level 3 2. 10/8 40 min 10/12 25 min 3. lost, strike, box, ballet, destruction, competition, got into, 4. a A strike can destroy some families. Dad and I are friends because ballet dancing! B they had very complicated relationship after his mother died. however thanks of Billy their relationship is fixed. So I thought, even a small thing could change and solve difficult situation and problems. 5 This book was interesting to read. I thought, I shouldn't judge the things by gender. also, it's important to have a thing that I can have a confident.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Raz

    Complete review available: Billy Elliot It didn't go as far as I was expecting, but it was a thrilling read. There's a lot more to the story than gets passed around by word of mouth, with twists and strong sideplots. The temporal and spatial setting of the novel is well-explored, well-researched and is used in such effect with the rest of the novel. A heart-warming tale of more than you'd expect... Complete review available: Billy Elliot It didn't go as far as I was expecting, but it was a thrilling read. There's a lot more to the story than gets passed around by word of mouth, with twists and strong sideplots. The temporal and spatial setting of the novel is well-explored, well-researched and is used in such effect with the rest of the novel. A heart-warming tale of more than you'd expect...

  26. 4 out of 5

    Daniel Choi

    Billy was the main character of this book. However, he was weak and he doesn’t have lots of time to survived. So, his father asked the wishes that he wants to do. Billy said he want to do boxing. He was having hard time for three months to do boxing, but he overcome with it. After three months, he saw a ballet and wanted to learn about ballet. So, he tried and it was also hard to make balance of straight body. This story gives a lot of impressions every scene. At last, it is the moment that is v Billy was the main character of this book. However, he was weak and he doesn’t have lots of time to survived. So, his father asked the wishes that he wants to do. Billy said he want to do boxing. He was having hard time for three months to do boxing, but he overcome with it. After three months, he saw a ballet and wanted to learn about ballet. So, he tried and it was also hard to make balance of straight body. This story gives a lot of impressions every scene. At last, it is the moment that is very miserable and loneness.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Megan C.

    So I haven't read this book, but I recently watched the movie with a friend and loved it!! This movie is now my new favorite. We were in tears several times (good tears!) as we watched the relationship of this boy with his father and the sacrifices the father made for his son. It takes place in England so the language is atrocious but doesn't seem offensive because of the English accent. Even still I highly recommend this movie.

  28. 4 out of 5

    航平 里田

    70min 7words elliot / clever / dance / father / poor / entering / pass Q1 Did you belong to any club? why did you choose the club? A1 I belonged to Judo club. Because there are many intresting people in judo club and i wanted to be a strong person. Q2 if your father don't agree with your dream, what would you do? A2 i would try to persuade him to agree with my dream. i don't ignore his thinking. this story was interesting. i think my situation is really endowed.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Chiz

    Loved it. Although I've seen the film and knew the whole story, it was so interesting that I couldn't stop reading. Each chapter is written from different character's point of view which makes the character's personalities, ways of thinking more specific. This brings you to understand in depth of how they feel and the way they react. As a mother and a parent on my own, I couldn't read it without tears. Heartwarming, brilliant story for everyone.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Yuta Kondo

    1. PENGUIN READERS, Level3 2. 05/10: 25 minutes; 05/11: 60 minutes 3. ballet, boxing, mother, piano, father, London, dancer 4. He was dancing, turning in circles. I thought it is very interesting to dance on the boxing ring. Boxing ring is the place to hit opponent, so I thought the Billy's act is a totally unexpected idea. 5. Through this book, I learned the importance of doing that I want to do. It is more fun than doing that I don't want to do. And I thought it is important to have my mind.

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