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Hope in a ballet shoe

Hope in a ballet shoe

DePrince, Michaela, author; DePrince, Elaine, author

A heart-breaking, inspiring autobiography by a teenager who shows us that, beyond everything, there is always hope for a better future

Paperback, Large print, Book. English.
Published Leicester: Ulverscroft, 2016
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Statement of responsibility: Michaela & Elaine DePrince
ISBN: 1444828657, 9781444828658
Note: Standard print edition originally published: as Taking flight. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2014.
Physical Description: 288 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
Subject: Large type books.; Biography.; African American dancers Biography.; DePrince, Michaela.; Ballerinas Sierra Leone Biography.; Ballerinas United States Biography.
Uniform Title: Taking flight


In Sierra Leone, Mabinty Bangura - 'a girl with skin like the leopard'- is cherished and educated by her parents. Then the civil war rips her family apart: her father is murdered by rebels, and her mother sickens and dies. At just four years old, she is sent to an orphanage, where daily life can be harsh, and the violence outside presses ever closer. But one day, the Harmattan winds blow a magazine against the gates - its cover photograph showing a beautiful ballerina. Mabinty declares that, someday, she will dance like this lady, and be as happy...