Life in Motion

Life in Motion

An Unlikely Ballerina

Book - 2016 | Young Readers edition
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Determination meets dance in this middle grade adaptation of the New York Times bestselling memoir by the first African-American principal dancer in American Ballet Theatre history, Misty Copeland. Life in Motion is a story for all the kids who dare to be different, dream bigger, and want to break stereotypes in whatever they do.
Publisher: New York : Aladdin, [2016]
Edition: Young Readers edition
ISBN: 9781481479806 (pbk : alk. paper)
1481479806 (pbk : alk. paper)
9781481479790 (hardcover : alk. paper)
1481479792 (hardcover : alk. paper)
Branch Call Number: YB COPELAND
Characteristics: 186 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Colbert, Brandy


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An insider's look at the cutthroat world of professional ballet, as well as a moving story of passion and grace for anyone who has dared to dream of a different life.

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May 23, 2018

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Mar 09, 2018

As much as I wanted to finish this book as I had read an article about Misty that was quite intriguing, I found it difficult to get into the book as I know nothing of dance and the terminology associated with it. I'll try this book again another time.

Feb 28, 2018

Misty is such a insperation for young dancers like me!! I think the phrasing is beautiful and she shows power in her writing skills. She is the best role modle ever!! I am in awe at how she was able to go en pointe after only 2 monthes of ballet. This is my 6th year and I get my pointe shoes in september!

Aug 29, 2017

a life story, that is easy to read , to inspire.

see how people in our lives, can make us grow, to be a ballerina or someone like you and me.

Misty Copeland dances well, thanks for telling her story so well as well.

Apr 24, 2017

A great book for anyone wanting to know the struggles and the luck that Misty Copeland recieved. This book, I felt like it was really good. The flare inside of her dims and burns even brightly throughout all the things she had to go through.

Oct 02, 2016

I really wanted to like this book because Misty Copeland has such a great story, but I really couldn’t get into this book. The writing wasn’t good, and there didn’t seem to be any true emotion in the book. It’s well-known that Misty tried to become emancipated from her mother when she was a teenager, but Misty really doesn’t give a good explanation for why she did that or what she thought would happen. Even now, she doesn’t seem to take responsibility for that decision at all. There are way too many places where she says something, but doesn’t show or explain it all. For example, she says there was a time she wanted to leave the American Ballet Theatre, but then she turned down other job offers. She doesn’t really offer any explanation. She has a great and inspiring story to tell, but it could have been told a lot better.

Sep 19, 2016

I'm a ballet dancer and a dancer at my school was reading it so I decided to reserve it! Really looking forward to reading this book!

ArapahoeBridget Aug 23, 2016

Quick, interesting read, with great details about ballet and Copeland's childhood. I love reading about dancers, and this was really satisfying with a small handful of photos included. Definitely pick this up if you're a ballet fan!

Corey G Brooks Aug 14, 2015

"A new perspective on success in my generation. She watched 'Sister, Sister', Paid in full, and developed her brain to do what it is that she does very well. I just wish she wasn't espoused."

Jul 31, 2015

I have commented that men are totally unaware of obstacles women face in corporate america and this memoir illustrates that white ballerinas are not aware of what minority ballerinas battle. Misty is as tough as she is graceful and more power to her.

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