Taking Flight

Taking FlightTaking Flight by Michaela Deprince, Elaine Deprince
Published by: Knopf
Release Date: 14 October 2014
Pages: 258
Genres: Diversity, Non-fiction
Recommended For: Grades 6-10
Submitted by: Renata Sancken


Michaela DePrince was born in war-torn Sierra Leone in West Africa. She was orphaned at the age of three, and went to live in a crowded orphanage, where there wasn’t enough food to go around. One day, she found an old magazine with a picture of a ballerina. She’d never seen anything like that before, but she thought the dancer looked beautiful.

That photograph gave her hope. The next year, when she was four, Michaela was adopted by a family in the United States. She told them she wanted to become a ballerina like the one in the picture, and her adoptive parents supported her dream by signing her up for ballet lessons as soon as possible. Michaela worked hard and became a professional ballerina with the Dutch National Ballet, which is one of the top theater companies in the world.

Here’s why Michaela herself said she wrote this book:
[when booktalking I read an excerpt from her closing chapter]

Taking Flight by Michaela DePrince is an incredibly inspiring story and I would especially recommend it to anyone who likes ballet and dance, but also to anyone who likes to read true stories about young people who have gone through hard times and come out as champions.

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