Hope in a Ballet Shoe: Orphaned by war, saved by ballet: an extraordinary true story (Paperback)
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Hope in a Ballet Shoe: Orphaned by war, saved by ballet: an extraordinary true story (Paperback)

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Hope in a Ballet Shoe tells the story of Michaela DePrince. Growing up in war-torn Sierra Leone, she witnessed atrocities that no child ever should. Her father was killed by rebels and her mother died of famine. Sent to an orphanage, Michaela was mistreated and saw the brutal murder of her favourite teacher. Then Michaela and her best friend are adopted by an American couple, and Michaela begins to take dance lessons. But life in the States isn't without difficulties. Unfortunately, tragedy can find its way to Michaela in America, too, and her past can feel like it's haunting her. The world of ballet is a racist one, and Michaela has to fight for a place amongst the ballet elite, hearing the words 'America's not ready for a black girl ballerina.' And yet . . . Today, Michaela DePrince is an international ballet star, dancing for The Dutch National Ballet at the age of nineteen. This is a heart-breaking, inspiring autobiography by a teenager who shows us that, beyond everything, there is always hope for a better future.

Publisher: Faber & Faber
ISBN: 9780571314478
Number of pages: 272
Weight: 226 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 17 mm
Edition: Main

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“A true story that reads like a fairy tale”

Some of you may have seen the documentary film “First Position”, about the world of young aspiring ballet dancers, in which Michaela is one of the characters.
This book is her own story, how she got where she is now.... More

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