No Ballet Shoes in Syria (Paperback)
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No Ballet Shoes in Syria (Paperback)

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Paperback 272 Pages / Published: 25/04/2019
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Aya is eleven years old and has just arrived in Britain with her mum and baby brother, seeking asylum from war in Syria. When Aya stumbles across a local ballet class, the formidable dance teacher spots her exceptional talent and believes that Aya has the potential to earn a prestigious ballet scholarship. But at the same time, Aya and her family must fight to be allowed to remain in the country, to make a home for themselves and to find Aya's father - separated from the rest of the family during the journey from Syria. With beautiful, captivating writing, wonderfully authentic ballet detail, and an important message championing the rights of refugees, this is classic storytelling - filled with warmth, hope and humanity. "Wise and kind and unputdownable." - Hilary McKay, Costa Book Prize-winning author of The Skylarks' War "A perfect balance of tragedy and triumph." - Natasha Farrant, author of The Children of Castle Rock "A moving story about one of the big issues of our time, told with wonderful clarity, and incredibly touching." - Axel Scheffler, illustrator of The Gruffalo "A moving, textured story ... Ballet Shoes for the 21st century" - The Times

Publisher: Nosy Crow Ltd
ISBN: 9781788004503
Number of pages: 272
Weight: 254 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 19 mm

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“Empathetic and Charming”

Aya has travelled so far to get to England. She misses her home, her friends - and most of all, being able to dance. When she discovers a ballet class at the centre she is staying in, she finds herself coming alive... More

“Sensitively and skilfully written - everyone should read it!”

Billed as a modern version of, and as the author herself explains in the introduction, influenced by the wonderful ‘When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit’, this certainly has echoes of it, and I'm sure fans of the former... More

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“Moving story for those who love ballet - and those who don’t!”

Catherine Bruton tells a very important and moving story through this book. Her introduction powerfully explains what inspired her, when writing it, and why she felt Aya’s story needed to be told. Whilst it will... More

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