Taking Flight: From War Orphan To Star Ballerina

ISBN-10: 0385755147
ISBN-13: 9780385755146
Author: DePrince, Michaela and Elaine
Interest Level: 7-12
Publisher: Penguin Random House

Publication Date: January 2016

Copyright: 2014

Page Count: 256

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Interest Level

Grades 7-12

Reading Level

Lexile: 940L
Accelerated Reader Level: 6.3
Accelerated Reader Points: 9.0

BISAC Subjects

YOUNG ADULT NONFICTION / Performing Arts / Dance *


The extraordinary memoir of Michaela DePrince, a young dancer who escaped war-torn Sierra Leone for the rarefied heights of American ballet. Michaela DePrince was known as girl Number 27 at the orphanage, where she was abandoned at a young age and tormented as a "devil child" for a skin condition that makes her skin appear spotted. But it was at the orphanage that Michaela would find a picture of a beautiful ballerina en pointe that would help change the course of her life. At the age of four, Michaela was adopted by an American family, who encouraged her love of dancing and enrolled her in classes. She went on to study at the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School at the American Ballet Theatre and is now the youngest principal dancer with the Dance Theatre of Harlem. She has appeared in the ballet documentary First Position , as well as on Dancing with the Stars, Good Morning America , and Nightline . In this engaging, moving, and unforgettable memoir, Michaela shares her dramatic journey from an orphan in West Africa to becoming one o
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