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Hope in a Ballet Shoe: Orphaned by War,…

Hope in a Ballet Shoe: Orphaned by War, Saved by Ballet: An Extraordinary…

by Michaela DePrince

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This was a sweet book, simply written about a young girl who escaped Africa to become a ballerina in the US. Personally, I found the first part of the story more interesting as five year-old Michaela struggled to survive in war-torn Sierra Leone. Once she moved to America with her adopted family, the novel became rather repetitive with ballet auditions and practise routines. However, still an uplifting book for young ballet lovers. ( )
  HeatherLINC | Jan 23, 2016 |
After I read this book some of the people in my class read it too. My teacher said that it wasn't very well written but it does make you think differently about rasisim in America and how it is still going on now!
I loved this book!!! ( )
  chocolatepasta | Jul 11, 2015 |
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To Charles DePrince,
gentle and generous father and husband
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I stand in the wings, dressed in a lush black tutu embellished with black feathers and blood-red flowers.
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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 teachers. 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. 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".… (more)

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