Taking Flight

  • by Elaine DePrince, Michaela DePrince
  • Narrated by Allyson Johnson
  • 5 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Michaela DePrince was known as girl no. 27 at the orphanage where she was abandoned at a young age and tormented as a "devil child" for a skin condition that makes her skin appear spotted. But it was at the orphanage that Michaela would find a picture of a beautiful ballerina en pointe that would help change the course of her life.
At the age of four, Michaela was adopted by an American family who encouraged her love of dancing and enrolled her in classes. She went on to study at the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School at the American Ballet Theatre and now dances for the Dutch National Ballet. In this engaging, moving, and unforgettable memoir, Michaela shares her dramatic journey from an orphan in West Africa to becoming one of ballet's most exciting rising stars.


What the Critics Say

"There is plenty of ballet detail for dance lovers to revel in, and the authors achieve a believable, distinctive teenage voice with a nice touch of lyrical description." (Publishers Weekly)


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Customer Reviews

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This book will make you cry sad tears and happy tears. It begins with such heartbreak and devastation but developed into hope and love and passion.
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- Amazon Customer

Inspiring story of perseverance

This story makes me appreciate this dancer even more and the hard work it took for her to succeed.
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- Corrina

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-13-2015
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio