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The Competition by Maddie Ziegler: Dance Parent 101 Book Review

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The Competition

Review by: Sydney Bellerose
Genre: Dance Competition Fiction
Similar Books: Dance Your Heart Out – Books 1 & 2 by Maddie Ziegler.
Sydney Says: I highly recommend you read this book and the other books in the series if you love reading about dance, or dream about dancing at competitions with an elite team!

Author: Maddie Ziegler

What is The Competition by Maddie Ziegler About?

The time has come for Harper and her squad members to go to New York City to compete in Nationals, the biggest dance competition event of the year! But the problem is that not only will they be competing against their rivals- The Bells, but Harper’s old dance team which includes her BFF Eliza from her old hometown Connecticut.

Harper is surprised to see how much the competition comes between her Eliza and the DanceStarz squad. But amidst all the drama Harper clings onto the hope that she will be one of the few lucky people who will be picked by agents and be able to live out their dance dreams.

From hanging out with her friends or rehearsing the dances, Harper is ready to make her mark at this year’s Nationals competition. With the help of her friends, Harper might be able to find a way to be noticed on the biggest stage that she has performed on yet.


Who are the Main Characters in The Callback?

Harper McCoy
Is the main character and is featured on the front of the book. She moved from Connecticut to Florida, having to change dance studios in the previous book. Harper has two siblings, Jack and Hayley her brother Jack is older, and Hayley is younger.

Megan Snow
Megan was the original member of the DanceStarz studio in Florida. Megan, Riley, and Trina formed the clique known as The Bunheads when they were in the minis classes.

Lily Hu
Lily was new to Florida and DanceStarz as well and she joined her first-ever competition team.

Riley Rosen
Riley was the second person to join DanceStarz and still is Megan’s best friend.

Trina Uba
Trina has danced with Riley and Megan since they were minis and still does. Tap is her favorite style of dance.


Eliza is Harper’s old bestie from Connecticut and still is. They bonded over their love of dance and had known each other for a few years before they were friends.

Miss Vanessa
The head dance instructor at Dance Starz for the lyrical class, contemporary class, and Competition teams.

Mrs. McCoy
Is Harper, Hayley, and Jack’s Mother.

Hayley McCoy
Is Harper’s little sister who dances around a lot and is a very good singer.

Mrs. Snow
The mother of Megan Snow. Who is very competitive with the other girl’s moms

Quinn Rosen
The little sister of Riley. She is also Hayley’s best friend.

Mrs. Hu, & Mr. Hu
The proud parents of Lily Hu.

Isabelle James & Bella Martinez
The Belles. Ex-best friends of the bunheads (Megan, Riley, and Trina). They started off as dancers from Dance Starz, but when Vanessa said that they might not be right for being in the squad, they got angry and tried to get revenge by joining Energii.

Jack McCoy
Harper and Hayley’s older brother who is in college.

Where is the story mainly set?

Most of the action occurs in the hotel where Harper and the team are staying. You also get to read about the Rockefeller center and a hip-hop dance studio in New York. The story is also set in numerous locations where the rounds of nationals are held.

What I liked most about The Competition?

What I liked the most about The Competition was that the national competition was held in New York City and that one of their nationals competition costumes was on the front cover of the book.

What I liked least about The Competition?

I would have loved for there to have been more detail about the actual venues, as well as what else was happening at/to the competitions, and costumes.

What Age Group is The Competition book by Maddie Ziegler best for?

I think that these books would be the best for kids that are interested in dance and dance competitions around the ages of 8-13 because that is about how old the girls are in the book.

I think that older teenagers wouldn’t really want to read about a younger girl having fights and arguments and so they would just get bored. Because teenagers usually enjoy and like books with a bit more drama and characters that are their age.

Meanwhile, those who are younger around 5-7 would probably enjoy the book and series but some of it might go over their heads and they would probably need someone older reading it to them because of the reading difficulty.

My Rating of this book out of five stars!

I rate this book 4.7 stars because, in my opinion, this book was even better than the first and second books in this series as there was more depth to each character’s personality as well as why they act as they do and I felt Maddie had more experience as an author after writing a few other books before writing the competition writer.

How can you buy this book?

My mum thoughtfully got this book for Christmas for me – and then she bought the last book in the series from for my Birthday. I originally got started on the ‘Dance Your Heart Out’ series after finding the first book at a second-hand book store luckily enough! You can get your copy from Amazon here! (affiliate links)

Questions people also ask about this book!!!

How many books has Maddie Ziegler written?

Maddie Ziegler has written four books. The Audition, The Callback, and The competition, as well as a recount of her own life in a book called The Maddie Diaries: A Memoir. I own all four of these books and have read each more than three times in a row!!!

What genre is the book The Competition ?

The genre of the book The competition by Maddie Ziegler is dance or ballet fiction. All the characters and scenarios have been made up, although Maddie uses her experience and journey through dance to help supplement the content of her book.

What reading level is The Competition by Maddie Ziegler?

The reading level for The Competition by Maddie Ziegler is from around 4th to 8th-grade level both for ease of the text to read as well as the topic and content in the book.

How many pages does TheCompetition have?

My very own paperback copy of the book The Competition by Maddie Ziegler from the Dance your heart out Trilogy, also written by Maddie Ziegler has 211 pages.

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The Competition by Maddie Ziegler: Dance Parent 101 Book Review