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Michaela DePrince book

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Taking Flight: From War Orphan to Star Ballerina by Michaela and Elaine DePrince will be available as of October 14 through the usual outlets. Hardback and Kindle editions available.

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Interesting. I find the Dutch version cover much more elegant than the English version. And the title in Dutch translates as "They called me devil child" (!!)

Agree. I find the English cover and titles a bit generic. It seems like a totally different story!

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I just finished reading this book. It's a very quick read, suitable for middle school through young adult. I love DePrince's spirit and grit. She doesn't spend much time describing the illnesses she and her sisters have had to deal with as a result of their early malnutrition and mistreatment, but the little glimpses she gives us indicate that they have been significant. She might be the luckiest health-wise of the 3 girls her parents adopted, but that's not to say she was untouched by her starvation. And then the emotional toll of what she both endured and witnessed! She amazes me. Her adoptive parents are extraordinary people. Elaine DePrince is a former learning specialist; as a parenting educator, I read with great interest the sections in the book that describe the behaviorial issues the adopted children had (many related to what they endured in Sierra Leone) and how the parents, especially the mom helped the girls work through them. I marvel at her energy levels!

I gave this book to a middle school student of mine along with Malala Yousafzai's autobiography. She read both eagerly and has come away with the strongest impressions of DePrince's life experiences. She said she thinks both these books changed her world view. Until she read them, she had no idea of the hardships so many children endure. As a ballet student, she identified strongly with Michaela.

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