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No Ballet Shoes in Syria


FORMAT: Paperback PRICE: £6.99 PAGES: 272 Pages PUBLICATION DATE: 02/05/2019 ISBN: 9781788004503

No Ballet Shoes in Syria

Catherine Bruton

Nosy Crow

Ten-year-old Aya has arrived in Britain with her mother and baby brother as refugees from Syria. When Aya stumbles across a local ballet class, the formidable dance teacher, Miss Helena, spots Aya’s exceptional natural talent and believes that she has the potential to earn a scholarship at the prestigious Royal Northern Ballet School.

But at the same time, Aya and her family must fight to be allowed to remain in the country, to make a new home for themselves, and to find Aya’s father – separated from the rest of the family during the perilous journey from Syria.

Selling points

  • Beautiful writing and classic storytelling – reminiscent of Eva Ibbotson, Noel Streatfeild, and Lorna Hill.
  • Wonderfully authentic ballet writing, filled with dance-related detail.
  • An important message championing the rights of refugees.


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