Hope in a Ballet Shoe tells the story of Michaela DePrince. Growing up in war-torn Sierra Leone, she 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.
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.
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One of the most heart wrenching and inspirational stories you'll read this year. ( The Bookseller)
A story of great courage that all women - young and old - should read. (Tina Brown)
[T]he story she tells....is one of almost unimaginable turmoil and out-of-the-blue good fortune, much like the fairy-tale dances she now performs....[H]ere is where another hero of this book appears. DePrince has an amazing story to tell, and without her seemingly selfless mother and co-author, Elaine DePrince, she wouldn't be here to tell it. ( New York Times Book Review)
Co-written with her adoptive mother, this is an extraordinary and compelling account of love and hope triumphing over cruelty ( Sunday Times)
Hope in a Ballet Shoe: Orphaned by war, saved by ballet: an extraordinary true story , by Elaine and Michaela DePrince is the stunning biography of Michaela's journey from the bullets of Sierra Leone to the ballet of New York.
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Descrizione libro Faber and Faber, 2015. Paperback. Condizione libro: Brand New. 272 pages. 8.50x5.31x0.83 inches. In Stock. Codice libro della libreria zk0571314465
Descrizione libro Faber & Faber, 2015. Paperback. Condizione libro: New. book. Codice libro della libreria 0571314465