Michaela DePrince was fortunate enough to escape her home country of war-torn Sierra Leone, West Africa, when she was adopted at the age of four by Elaine and Charles DePrince. Her parents enrolled her in swimming and dance classes, but ever since seeing a picture of a ballerina when she was living at the orphanage, she had wanted to study ballet. She is now, at the young age of 20, an international ballet superstar who has danced with the Dutch National Ballet, the Dance Theatre of Harlem, in Beyoncé’s “Lemonade” music video, and on Broadway.
Michaela’s biography Taking Flight is emblematic of the American can-do spirit. Check out her inspiring story, listen to her talk about her past or watch her beautiful dance style in these videos:
On August 9, 1945, six-year-old Sachiko, who lived in Nagasaki, Japan, was playing outdoors with four other children. Moments later, those children were all dead. An atomic bomb had exploded half a mile away, destroying everything in its wake. In “Sachiko: A Nagasaki Bomb Survivor’s Story,” author Caren Stelson shares the true story – using pictures and text – of a young girl who survived the atomic bomb, and chronicles her long journey to health and peace.
Also in: The first volume in Amy S. Foster’s The Rift Uprising trilogy is a fast-paced action-adventure, where a young soldier comes to question the monsters she’s trained to fight against, and the monsters she fights for.
Finally, in “Burn Baby Burn” by Meg Medina, 17-year-old Nora Lopez lives through a freezing cold winter and a searing hot summer in 1977, when a serial murderer Son of Sam is terrorizing her hometown New York City, and the city seems on the verge to explode.
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Fresh off her gold-medal wins at the Rio 2016 Olympics, gymnast Simone Biles takes you through her gymnastics career in her new autobiography “Courage to Soar,” beginning with her early childhood in foster care, followed by being adopted by her grandparents, and showing off the mad skills that has made her one of the most talented and medaled athletes in history.
The Diary of a Wimpy Kid series continues with “Double Down.” Same with Dork Diaries, with “Tales From a Not-So-Friendly Frenemy.” Another epic read: “The Greatest Zombie Movie Ever,” by Jeff Strand, about budding filmmaker Justin, who sets out to make great cinema, but ends up, well….the clue is in the title.
Dan Howell and Phil Lester, avoiders of human contact and direct sunlight (much like real teens), travel the world bring us this collection of exclusive, funny and intimate photos in their photo diary “Dan & Phil Go Outside.”
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