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

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

Growing up in war-torn Sierra Leone, the author witnesses atrocities that no child ever should. Her father is killed by rebels and her mother dies of famine. Sent to an orphanage, she is mistreated and she sees the brutal murder of her favourite teacher. This book tells her story... read full description below.

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ISBN 9780571314461
Barcode 9780571314461
Published 1 November 2014 by Faber and Faber
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback, Main
Alternate Format(s) View All (2 other possible title(s) available)
Author(s) By Deprince, Michaela
By Deprince, Elaine
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ISBN-13 9780571314461
ISBN-10 0571314465
Stock Out of stock
Status Out of print
Publisher Faber and Faber
Imprint Faber & Faber
Publication Date 1 November 2014
International Publication Date 22 October 2014
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback, Main
Edition Main
Author(s) By Deprince, Michaela
By Deprince, Elaine
Category True Stories (Of Endurance and Survival)
Dance
Ballet
Biography & Autobiography: Film, Television, Music, Theatre
True Stories Of Endurance & Survival
Children's and Educational
Number of Pages 288
Dimensions Width: 135mm
Height: 216mm
Spine: 21mm
Weight 336g
Interest Age Children
Reading Age Children
NBS Text Autobiography: The Arts
ONIX Text General/trade;Young adult
Dewey Code 792.8028092
Catalogue Code 534525

Description of this Book

Orphaned by war, saved by ballet. Growing up in war-torn Sierra Leone, Michaela DePrince witnesses atrocities that no child ever should. Her father is killed by rebels and her mother dies of famine. Sent to an orphanage, Michaela is mistreated and she sees the brutal murder of her favourite teacher. But there is hope: the Harmattan wind blows a magazine through the orphanage gates. Michaela picks it up and sees a beautiful image of a young woman dancing. One day, she thinks, I want to be this happy. And then Michaela and her best friend are adopted by an American couple and Michaela can take the dance lessons she's dreamed of since finding her picture. 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 is an international ballet star, dancing for The Dutch National Ballet at the age of 19.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

UK Review Bertrams Star Rating: 3 stars (out of 5)

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Author's Bio

Michaela DePrince was born in 1995 in Sierra Leone. After the deaths of her parents, she moved to an orphanage from which she was adopted and taken to the US in 1999. Elaine DePrince, her new mother, noticed Michaela's obsession with ballet and allowed her to begin lessons. Michaela went on to study on a scholarship at the Rock School for Dance Education and The Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School at The American Ballet Theatre, and is now a professional ballerina, who danced principal with The Dance Theatre of Harlem, in guest principal roles in South Africa and The Netherlands, and is now just starting with The Dutch National Ballet. Michaela featured in the documentary First Position. Speaking out about her experiences, she is recognised throughout the world as an inspirational woman: she featured in Huffington Post's Most Amazing Young People of the Year and Newsweek's 125 Women of Impact. She has spoken at the United Nations for children affected by war and the Women in the World conference.

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