"All's fair in love and war and ballet." Fifteen-year-old Erik Shaw loves dancing. He doesn't care that he's the only boy in his ballet class or about the remarks people make. Coping with these is as natural to him as the turned-out fish-feet stance from which he gets his nickname. But now Erik wants to audition for the Royal Ballet School, which means making some tough decisions - such as giving up the Falcons football team and letting down old friends like Richard. This is further complicated by Erik's growing feelings for Richard's twin sister, Ruth, a fellow ballet dancer. Then there's Erik's dad who has his own ambitions for his son and being a ballet dancer isn't one of them. Has Erik got the strength of will as well as the talent to achieve his goal?
Veronica Bennett works part-time as a English lecturer. She began her writing career as a freelance journalist, but soon moved into fiction. Her first book, Monkey, was published in 1998 and was acclaimed by The Times Educational Supplement as "an impressively well-written and audacious debut." She has since written Dandelion and Bobcat, and for older readers, The Boy-free Zone. Veronica Bennett is married to a university professor and has two children.