Aya is 11 years old and has just arrived in Britain with her mum and baby brother, seeking asylum from war in Syria.
When Aya stumbles across a local ballet class, the formidable dance teacher spots her exceptional talent and believes that Aya has the potential to earn a prestigious ballet scholarship.
But at the same time, Aya and her family must fight to be allowed to remain in the country, to make a home for themselves and to find Aya's father - separated from the rest of the family during the journey from Syria.
With beautiful, captivating writing, wonderfully authentic ballet detail, and an important message championing the rights of refugees, this is classic storytelling - filled with warmth, hope and humanity.
"Wise and kind and unputdownable." (Hilary McKay, Costa Book Prize-winning author of The Skylarks' War)
"A moving story about one of the big issues of our time, told with wonderful clarity, and incredibly touching." (Axel Scheffler, illustrator of The Gruffalo)
"A perfect balance of tragedy and triumph." (Natasha Farrant, author of The Children of Castle Rock)
What listeners say about No Ballet Shoes in Syria
- Amazon Customer
Well read. Heart warming. But completely and uttely boring. There is no tenaion or drama
- michelle nicholls
a heartfelt read
loved it ....so many feelings felt through this books and it shows the plight of refugees in the past during ww2 to the present day