Taking Flight

Taking Flight

From War Orphan to Star Ballerina

Book - 2014
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Michaela DePrince lived the first few years of her live in war-torn Sierra Leone until she was adopted by an American Family. Now seventeen, she is one of the premiere ballerinas in the United States.
Publisher: New York :, Alfred A. Knopf,, [2014]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780385755115
Branch Call Number: Y 921 DE
Characteristics: 249 pages, 16 unnumbered plates : color illustrations ; 22 cm


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The true story of Michaela DePrince's child hood from War Orphan in Sierra Leone to a top ballerina. Her story is one of love, courage, perseverance, and hope. This is a great biography for anyone interested in dance, but the story goes deeper. Well written and interesting.

Mar 01, 2017

The book Taking Flight by Michaela DePrince is a wonderful book about a young war orphan girl who grows into a beautiful women dancing as a ballerina at the Dutch National Ballet. My heart was truly captured by all of the life morals and lessons I received from reading this book. Not only were the life lessons learned useful, but the story that Michaela tells is way beyond words to describe. I encourage all to read Michaela DePrince's book Taking Flight!

Nov 12, 2016

The first half of this book covers Michaela DePrince’s traumatic childhood growing up in war-torn Sierra Leone. Michaela witnesses extreme violence, and she distracts herself with dreams of being a ballerina after finding a cover of Dance Magazine. After Michaela is adopted by an American family, she starts to take dance lessons. I first heard of Michaela DePrince from the documentary First Position, and this book is a good way to hear her story in her own words. Michaela is still very young, and early in her dance career, but this is a very inspiration story from someone who overcame unbelievable obstacles to become a ballerina.

Jan 18, 2016

This is such a wonderful book. I loved this book so much!

LMcShaneCLE Jan 09, 2015

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Nov 11, 2014

Recommended for young teens who are looking for an inspiring story.


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