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Michaela DePrince: From War-Torn Childhood to Ballet Fame
Michaela DePrince: From War-Torn Childhood to Ballet Fame
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Michaela DePrince: From War-Torn Childhood to Ballet Fame

Michaela DePrince was born in Sierra Leone and grew up in the United States. She rose to fame as a ballet dancer in the late 2000s. Learn more about DePrince's life as a famous ballerina!

PublisherCapstone Press
BrandCapstone Captivate
Age Level8-11 Years
Reading LevelGrades 4-5
Trim Size7 x 9
Page Count48



Booklist - Julia Smith

"In this biography from the Movers, Shakers & History Makers series, the inspiring life of Michaela DePrince is recounted, beginning with Michaela’s traumatic experiences as a young child in warravaged Sierra Leone, which left her an orphan at age three. . . . Michaela had to contend with the negative impacts of having vitiligo (an obstacle in getting adopted) and the racism attached to being a Black dancer in the very white world of ballet. The text does an admirable job of drawing attention to these challenges without losing sight of Michaela’s refusal to let such things stop her. Fact boxes impart additional historical context and ballet insights to help readers better understand the significance of Michaela’s achievements. . . . Point(e) your Misty Copeland fans this way." - Booklist

October 15, 2020