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TAKING FLIGHT From War Orphan to Star Ballerina

by | Read by Allyson Johnson

Young Adult Young Adult • 5.75 hrs. • Unabridged • © 2014

Allyson Johnson narrates Michaela DePrince's autobiographical story with a sophisticated intensity. From the terror of DePrince's war-torn childhood, to the confusion of life in America, and the challenges in becoming a well-respected black ballerina, Johnson invokes the strength and determination of Michaela's dream. The story begins in Africa, with young Mabinty-turned-Michaela the least favored child in the orphanage after her parents die as a result of the civil war in Sierra Leone. When her American mother adopts her and her best friend, life begins anew for Michaela. Never wavering from her desire to become a ballerina, Michaela struggles to fit into the cutthroat ballet world. Listeners will be struck not just by Johnson's performance but also by Michaela's perseverance in the face of adversity. E.A.B. © AudioFile 2016, Portland, Maine [Published: MARCH 2016]

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Formats

Trade Ed. • Tantor Media • 2015

CD ISBN 9781494518226 $29.99 • Five CDs

MP3-CD ISBN 9781494568221 $19.99 • One MP3-CDs

DD ISBN $20.99

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