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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2019 Catherine Bruton (P)2019 Nosy Crow Ltd

Critic Reviews

"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)

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  • 18-05-20

Boring

Well read. Heart warming. But completely and uttely boring. There is no tenaion or drama

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-06-21

A well structured, enjoyable story

This story highlights a more personal experience of Syrian refugee children. Whilst the plot is somewhat predictable, the characters are likeable and the story develops well. This would be appropriate for mature Year 5 or 6 children as some of story may upset them. However, the theme of hope and resilience runs throughout which creates an uplifting tale. A definite must read.

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  • CarolineC
  • 06-02-21

Beautiful and heartfelt

This story is so deep and meaningful. It is so awareness raising and sweet and I loved every second of it. I’m not really interested in ballet but this story made me want to dance forever, in a good way. An excellent listen, highly recommended to everyone and anyone

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  • michelle nicholls
  • 05-04-20

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