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Hope in a Ballet Shoe

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…

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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.

  • Hope in a Ballet Shoe
  • Author: Michaela & Elaine DePrince
  • ISBN: 9780571314461
  • Young Adult
  • Published by: Allen & Unwin
  • Paperback

Hopeinaballetshoe

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. Michaela is now a professional ballerina and dances with The Dutch National Ballet. 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 and has spoken at the United Nations

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One comment

  1. Wow what a truely inspirational book. It kinda puts my life to shame. To read about her struggles from being born in Sierra Leone and hear about how her father was murdered and moving next door to her uncles place where she was starved and beaten then to watch her mother die a painful death is truely devasting. Being taken to an orphanage where also beaten for the way she looks your heart truely does beat for her. When nobody was going to adopt her because of her skin condition I just about cried.
    My heart goes to her adoptive family the DePrinces. What amazing people they are. Having lost two sons to the HIV virus and then a third later on. To adopt so many and to give so much – I only hope I can be so chartable one day.
    For complete strangers to invest so much time and money into children from another country to let them follow there dreams. It is amazing how far Michaela has come and what she has accomplished in such a short time.

    Truely a book that everyone should read if only to remind you to work for all of your dreams.

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