Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina Young Readers Edition

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Simon and Schuster, Dec 6, 2016 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 192 pages
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Determination meets dance in this middle grade adaptation of the New York Times bestselling memoir by the first African-American principal dancer in American Ballet Theatre history, Misty Copeland.

As the first African-American principal dancer at the American Ballet Theatre, Misty Copeland has been breaking down all kinds of barriers in the world of dance. But when she first started dancing—at the late age of thirteen—no one would have guessed the shy, underprivileged girl would one day make history in her field.

Her road to excellence was not easy—a chaotic home life, with several siblings and a single mother, was a stark contrast to the control and comfort she found on stage. And when her home life and incredible dance promise begin to clash, Misty had to learn to stand up for herself and navigate a complex relationship with her mother, while pursuing her ballet dreams.

Life in Motion is a story for all the kids who dare to be different, dream bigger, and want to break stereotypes in whatever they do.
 

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User Review  - ASKelmore - LibraryThing

Best for: Those who enjoy a good memoir; those who enjoy a story about someone rising to the pinnacle in their artistic field. In a nutshell: Misty Copeland tells the story of her life, from living in ... Read full review

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User Review  - mirikayla - LibraryThing

3.5 stars, if I could. Well written and interesting from two angles: illuminating the ballet world and telling the story of a poor black girl who grew up to excel in an elite, super-white culture. You ... Read full review

Contents

Section 1
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Section 2
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Section 3
11
Section 4
17
Section 5
23
Section 6
30
Section 7
34
Section 8
40
Section 15
86
Section 16
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Section 17
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Section 18
107
Section 19
114
Section 20
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Section 21
129
Section 22
140

Section 9
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Section 10
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Section 11
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Section 12
67
Section 13
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Section 14
78
Section 23
149
Section 24
159
Section 25
164
Section 26
174
Section 27
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About the author (2016)

Misty Copeland made history by becoming the first African-American female principal dancer at American Ballet Theatre. The bestselling author of Life in Motion and a children’s picture book, Firebird, she is the recipient of the Leonore Annenberg Fellowship in the Arts and an inductee into the Boys and Girls Club Alumni Hall of Fame. In 2015, Misty was named to Time magazine’s 100 list and one of Glamour magazine’s “Women of the Year.” She lives in New York City. Visit her online at MistyCopeland.com.

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