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Children's Fiction Dance

Disaster at the Highland Games

by (author) Riel Nason

illustrated by Nathasha Pilotte

Chocolate River Publishing
Initial publish date
Jul 2021
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Jul 2021
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 4 to 10
  • Grade: p to 5


Kate loves going to Highland dance class each week and is thrilled when her teacher suggests she compete at the Highland Games for the first time. Kate agrees to practice, but quickly changes her mind when she realises it's not as much fun to dance at home alone as it is with friends in class. And, besides, she figures her dancing is already good enough. Everything will be fine. Or will it?

A single misstep sets off a hilarious chain of events across the whole games field in this over-the-top tale...

This high-energy picture book by author and Highland dance teacher Riel Nason showcases Highland dancing and the Highland Games culture and is brought to life by the whimsical illustrations of Nathasha Pilotte.


About the authors

RIEL NASON is a Canadian novelist and textile artist. Her acclaimed debut novel The Town That Drowned won the 2012 Commonwealth Book Prize for Canada and Europe, and the 2012 Margaret and John Savage First Book Award. It was also shortlisted for several other literary awards as well as longlisted for the 2013 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. Her second novel, All the Things We Leave Behind, was published in September, 2016. Riel’s original quilts have been exhibited across Canada including being shown twice at Quilt Canada (the National Juried Show). Nason grew up in Hawkshaw, NB, and now lives in Quispamsis, NB, with her husband, son, daughter and cats.

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Nathasha Pilotte is a Quebec city native who lives in St John, New Brunswick, where she dedicates herself exclusively to her creative work. She likes to watercolor and paint in her studio, under the careful supervision of her cat Luna and pug Chuck. Author and illustrator of Zim s'imagine, Luna n'aime pas and Luna The Cat Doesn't Like That, she also illustrated La bonne idée! with Bouton d'or Acadie. Over the years, Nathasha has become a favorite of book fairs, with her needle felt puppet creations!

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