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No Ballet Shoes In Syria - Catherine Bruton


Aya is eleven 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.

This award-winning book features beautiful, captivating writing, wonderfully authentic ballet detail, and an important message championing the rights of refugees. It's classic storytelling – filled with warmth, hope and humanity. Perfect for middle-grade readers, aged 9-11.