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In this engaging, moving, and unforgettable memoir, Michaela DePrince shares her dramatic journey from an orphan in West Africa to becoming one of ballet's most exciting rising stars.

Full Synopsis
Michaela DePrince was known as girl no. 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 now dances for the Dutch National Ballet.

In this engaging, moving, and unforgettable memoir, Michaela shares her dramatic journey from an orphan in West Africa to becoming one of ballet's most exciting rising stars.

"A revealing and absorbing journey through dance classes and competitions to success." ---Kirkus

"Johnson's. . . . .perfectly smooth voice embodies the story so fully that it is easy
to forget that it is not Michaela telling her own story." ---Booklist Starred Audio Review

"Allyson Johnson narrates Michaela DePrince's autobiographical story with a sophisticated intensity." ---AudioFile

"There is plenty of ballet detail for dance lovers to revel in, and the authors achieve a believable, distinctive teenage voice with a nice touch of lyrical description." ---Publishers Weekly Starred Review
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Taking Flight

From War Orphan to Star Ballerina

Author Elaine DePrince, Michaela DePrince

Narrated by Allyson Johnson

Publication date Oct 13, 2015

Running time 6 hrs

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