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Taking Flight: From War Orphan to Star Ballerina by Michaela DePrince and Elaine Deprince

Taking Flight: From War Orphan to Star Ballerina

  • Paperback $9.99

    Jan 19, 2016 | 256 Pages | Young Adult

  • Hardcover $16.99

    Oct 14, 2014 | 256 Pages | Young Adult

  • Hardcover $19.99

    Oct 14, 2014 | 256 Pages | Young Adult

  • Ebook $4.99

    Oct 14, 2014 | 256 Pages | Young Adult

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Starred review, Publishers Weekly, August 11, 2014:
“A compelling narrative . . . The book’s strong thread is Michaela’s lifelong passion for ballet and her candid depiction of the physical and emotional struggles of becoming a black classical ballerina. There is plenty of ballet detail for dance lovers to revel in, and the authors achieve a believable, distinctive teenage voice with a nice touch of lyrical description.” 

“Readers will find her life story gripping whether or not they are dance fans…the heart of the journey resonates in this mother/daughter collaboration. A revealing and absorbing journey through dance classes and competitions to success.”—Kirkus Reviews

“From her earliest days as an orphan in Sierra Leone to the stages of world-renowned theaters, Michaela’s incredible determination to not only survive, but triumph in the face of unthinkable adversity is an inspiration to anyone who has fought for a dream. Her grace and strength bleed through in each of her breathtaking performances. This is a story of great courage that all women—young and old—should read.” —Tina Brown

“Extraordinarily written. Hardship ads to the strength of the people and artists we become and Michaela is nothing short of a miracle, born to be a ballerina. For every young brown, yellow, and purple dancer, she is an inspiration!” —Misty Copeland, world-renowned ballet dancer

From the Hardcover edition.

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