Taking Flight: From War Orphan to Star Ballerina

By DEPRINCE, Michaela & Elaine DePrince

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ISBN
9780385755115 9780385755122 9780385755139
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Knopf.


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School Library Journal

Reviewed on November 1, 2014  |  Grades 5 and Up

Gr 6 Up—In this moving memoir, DePrince, who in 1995 was born in war-torn Sierra Leone but went on to become an acclaimed professional ballerina, tells her story. Her struggles started early: it was discovered that she had vitiligo, a medical condition that results in blotchy, irregular patches of skin, and her biological parents both died when she was only three. DePrince was sold to an orphanage, where she was starved and abused and where she witnessed the brutal murder of her pregnant teacher, a memory that would forever haunt her. After the orphanage was bombed, DePr...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Guide

Reviewed on January 1, 2014

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Reviewed on January 1, 2014

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Reviewed on January 1, 2014

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Reviewed on January 1, 2014

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Reviewed on January 1, 2014

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Junior Library Guild

Reviewed on November 1, 2014

This incredible success story of professional dancer Michaela DePrince will captivate readers, starting with transporting descriptions of her early childhood in Sierra Leone. Despite the hardships Michaela faced, her positive outlook and ability to make the best of tough situations combine for an uplifting read. As a young girl, for instance, when Michaela was bullied by kids at the orphanage where she was staying, she invented a storytelling game and invit...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

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