Taking Flight: From War Orphan to Star Ballerina

takingflightWritten by Michaela DePrince with Elaine DePrince


This is an autobiography of Michaela DePrince, who was born in 1995 in war-torn Sierra Leone. She was orphaned when she was only three. Eventually she was adopted by an American family. Michaela had an impossible dream to become a ballerina. This amazing girl, with the support of her new family, overcame many obstacles and hardships and went on to realize her dream. I found the story very moving. It is such a good positive read. I highly recommend it.

Review by Susan Booth, Churchill Jr. High Media Center
Rating: ★★★★★ (5 stars)
Interest Level: Grades 7-12

Taking Flight, From War Orphan to Star Ballerina
Written by Michaela DePrince with Elaine DePrince
Alfred A. Knopf
249 pages
Release Date: October 14, 2014
ISBN: 9780385755115 (hardcover)

Categories: Jr. High – Nonfiction, High School – Nonfiction
Tags: autobiography, ballet, orphan, Africa, Sierra Leone,

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