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No Ballet Shoes in Syria

No Ballet Shoes in Syria

Author Catherine Bruton
Age

8-12

Pages

272

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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.

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 perfect balance of tragedy and triumph.” – Natasha Farrant, author of The Children of Castle Rock

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 moving, textured story … Ballet Shoes for the 21st century” – The Times

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What the Critics said

“Wise and kind and unputdownable.”

– Hilary McKay, Costa Book Prize-winning author of The Skylarks’ War

“A perfect balance of tragedy and triumph.”

– Natasha Farrant, author of The Children of Castle Rock

“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 moving, textured story; a Ballet Shoes for the 21st century, if you like.”

– Alex O’Connell, The TimesChildren’s Book of the Week

“A gem of a book.”

– Natasha Harding, The Sun, Children’s Book of the Week

“Dedicated to “the 11.5 million refugee children around the globe”, this story resonates on many levels.”

– Emma Lee-Potter, Daily Express

“With echoes of Noel Streatfeild’s much loved Ballet Shoes, No Ballet Shoes in Syria looks set to become a classic.”

– The Good Schools Guide Newsletter

“It’s both heartbreaking and heart-mending, with such sweet characters.”

– Carlie Sorosiak, author of I, Cosmo

“The book is ideal for readers who enjoy shedding a cathartic tear, but need an optimistic ending. Fans of Noel Streatfield will find much that is familiar and fun.”

– BookTrust

“Heart warming excellence…  it is important to have these issues highlighted to children in a sensitive manner, this book does exactly that.”

Independent Book Reviews (blog)

“A fascinating insight into the experiences, challenges and difficulties faced by families who have been forced to flee from their home countries and resettle in new and unfamiliar lands […]  both heartwarming and heartbreaking.”

– Story Snug (blog)

“Even though it is raw, very real, personal and heart-wrenching throughout, it’s told with hopefulness, humanity and heart and I absolutely love it when the writing is this good that it makes me directly feel for the characters.”

– Scott Evans, The Reader Teacher (blog)

“Compelling Reading.”

– Inspire Education Library Service

“An emotional, beautifully written tale.”

 Sue and Pakka (blog)

“It made me cry, and it made me smile, and it feels like one of those quietly classic stories that British children’s literature does so utterly well … It’s honest, kind, heartbreaking and really rather utterly lovely.”

Did You Ever Stop To Think (blog)

“This nuanced gentle portrayal of a young Syrian girl is a fantastic read and an eye-opening book.”

Minerva Reads (blog)

“A perfect twenty-first century version of children’s classics such as When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit or Ballet Shoes […] a story of hope, resilience and generosity.”

– Madge Eekal Reviews (blog)

“A superb read. This is a gripping and thought-provoking story exploring the experience of an eleven-year-old girl fleeing conflict in Syria.”

– Alison Leach, Books for Topics (blog)

“Wonderfully empathetic and incredibly inspiring, I felt emotionally wrung out by this moving story. A complete triumph in every way.”

– Jo Clarke, Book Lover Jo (blog)

 

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