One Wrong Turn
Publisher: Fremantle Press
Published: July 2023
Marrapodi’s own dance background and Italian heritage shine through in this story about the dedication, sacrifice and teamwork required for success in the demanding world of ballet. But there are also powerplays, exclusionary tactics and lies that threaten to undo not only individual performances but the entire production.
Told through the alternating voices of Amelia and Valentina, One Wrong Turn invites empathy for both girls, even when readers may disagree with their choices. While Amelia and Valentina are the narrators of this story, perhaps the hero is Khalila, a fellow student at the dance school. Inclusive and welcoming, she epitomises what it means to be a team player and a true friend. She works quietly behind the scenes to save the show from being an unmitigated disaster.
Although categorised as a middle-grade novel, One Wrong Turn is an engaging read for dance lovers of all ages – as well as anyone who remembers what it’s like being a young teenager attempting to navigate, and find their place in, the world around them.