Parents' Guide to

Taking Flight: From War Orphan to Star Ballerina

By Terreece Clarke, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Ballerina's frank, inspiring tale of perseverance and hope.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this book.

Community Reviews

age 16+

Based on 1 parent review

age 16+

Not for middle schoolers

This book is marketed to be for middle school students who enjoyed "I Am Malala." It is an important book that I think should be read, but not by middle schoolers. I gave this book to my niece and daughter. Now, I'm reading it and would not have bought it had I read it. The detail of war is too much. I am very much regretting buying this for the middle schoolers in my life.

This title has:

Too much violence

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (1):
Kids say: Not yet rated

Horrifying, sad, soaring, and hopeful, this autobiography captures the imagination of the reader from the first few pages. There are times when little Mabinty's abuse is too much too bear, but her hope helps readers turn to the next page. After suffering through loss, illness, neglect, and outright contempt, Mabinty becomes Michaela and begins a journey that seems like a fairy tale but in reality is a story of the strength of the human spirit and the hope that comes with finding loving support and a passion for your calling.

Parents and kids will love the novel for its dynamic pacing and triumphant message. It's heavy on ballet jargon, which may be difficult for readers unfamiliar with dance to understand, but it shouldn't get in the way of most readers' enjoyment.

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