Ballet Shoes - Diane Goode, Noel Streatfeild Almost certainly my favourite childhood novel. I read it and re-read it over and over again. My dream as a child was to be either a ballet dancer or an actress, so Ballet Shoes was perfect for me (as were other books by Noel Streatfeild, especially the Gemma series) and Lorna Hill's Sadlers Wells series. Well, I became neither a dancer nor an actress, but my love for the performing arts has endured, as has my love for this book.