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Hope In A Ballet Shoe

RRP $15.99

From war-torn Sierra Leone to the US, to dancing for the Dutch National Ballet, this is a heartwrenching, life-affirming true story of a young girl orphaned by war and saved by ballet.

Growing up in war-torn Sierra Leone, Michaela DePrince witnesses atrocities that no child ever should. Her father is killed by rebels and her mother dies of famine. Sent to an orphanage, Michaela is mistreated and she sees the brutal murder of her favourite teachers.

But there is hope: the Harmattan wind blows a magazine through the orphanage gates. Michaela picks it up and sees a beautiful image of a young woman dancing. One day, she thinks, I want to be this happy.

And then Michaela and her best friend are adopted by an American couple and Michaela can take the dance lessons she's dreamed of since finding her picture.

Life in the States isn't without difficulties. Unfortunately, tragedy can find its way to Michaela in America, too, and her past can feel like it's haunting her. The world of ballet is a racist one, and Michaela has to fight for a place amongst the ballet elite, hearing the words "America's not ready for a black girl ballerina".

And yet...

Today, Michaela is an international ballet star, dancing for The Dutch National Ballet at the age of 19.

A heart-breaking, inspiring autobiography by a teenager who shows us that, beyond everything, there is always hope for a better future.

About the Author

Michaela DePrince was born in 1995 in Sierra Leone. After the deaths of her parents, she moved to an orphanage from which she was adopted and taken to the US in 1999.

Elaine DePrince, her new mother, noticed Michaela's obsession with ballet and allowed her to begin lessons. Michaela went on to study on a scholarship at the Rock School for Dance Education and The Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School at The American Ballet Theatre, and is now a professional ballerina, who danced principal with The Dance Theatre of Harlem, in guest principal roles in South Africa and The Netherlands, and is now just starting with The Dutch National Ballet.

Michaela featured in the documentary First Position. Speaking out about her experiences, she is recognised throughout the world as an inspirational woman: she featured in Huffington Post's Most Amazing Young People of the Year and Newsweek's 125 Women of Impact. She has spoken at the United Nations for children affected by war and the Women in the World conference.


Shoestring Business Manual

RRP $13.99

Debt-free, a comfortable home, a good life, independence. Those are things we all wish for. Working for a salary isn't likely to get them for us, though, since our wages don't keep up with inflation, much less get us ahead of the curve. The only way to enjoy the life we want is to be able to set our own income and the only way to do that is to operate our own successful business. The Shoestring Manual help you do just that. Instead of a business plan, the Shoestring Manual provides a game plan. Laid out in a simple, easy to understand format, it is a "follow the steps" type of instruction. It begins by guiding you to choose the best business for your skills and talents and ends with a client paying you. All you do is fill in the blanks one at a time to create a small business that works. Think about your life and what you want for yourself, your wife, and your children. If things don't look promising today, what's tomorrow likely to be? One sure thing is that if you keep doing what you're doing, you'll keep getting what you're getting. To change your future, you have to change your present.


One Pair Of Shoes

RRP $49.95

Mollie Peace was a woman of her time, one of a generation that saw the most extraordinary changes. Born in poverty, she lived through the hardship of the early twentieth century, and experienced the tragedies of war. She witnessed the birth of the motor car, the atom bomb, the computer and the Internet. A loyal wife and mother, she raised a family and knew the joy of great-grandchildren. To have experienced all this was no ordinary life. But like so many other women of her time, she nurtured a private desire that was always denied her. She wanted to be a writer. That was her real identity and she was a talented poet. But there was no opportunity for her. Until now. This collection is both a tribute to her and an encouragement to everyone who believes in their own purpose and desires. Never give up. Your words will live on.


Plight And Fate Of Children During And Following Genocide

RRP $274.99

Plight and Fate of Children During and Following Genocide examines why and how children were mistreated during genocides in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Among the cases examined are the Australian Aboriginals, the Armenian genocide, the Holocaust, the Mayans in Guatemala, the 1994 Rwanda genocide, and the genocide in Darfur. Two additional chapters examine the issues of sexual and gender-based violence against children and the phenomenon of child soldiers. Following an introduction by Samuel Totten, the essays include: "Australia's Aboriginal Children"; "Hell is for Children"; "Children: The Most Vulnerable Victims of the Armenian Genocide"; "Children and the Holocaust"; "The Fate of Mentally and Physically Disabled Children in Nazi Germany"; "The Plight and Fate of Children vis-A-vis the Guatemalan Genocide"; "The Plight of Children During and Following the 1994 Rwandan Genocide"; "Darfur Genocide"; "Sexual and Gender-Based Violence against Children during Genocide"; and, "Child Soldiers." Contributors include: Colin Tatz, Henry C. Theriault, Asya Darbinyan, Rubina Peroomian, Jeffrey Blutinger, Amanda Grzyb, Elisa von Joeden-Forgey, Sara Demir, Hannibal Travis, and Samuel Totten. The editor and several of the contributors have personally investigated and witnessed the aftermath of genocidal campaigns.


What's In Your Shoe's?

RRP $16.99

The first half of this book contains true and graphic accounts of people with mild to very serious foot problems. Drama, humor, and heart run through these stories of real people, just like you, who needed help and had tried many things on their own. Traditional medicine and "thinking outside the box" got these people happy, comfortable, and many times simply out of their wheel-chair walking and dancing again. The second half of this book contains over 101 budget minded solutions, progressing from the simpler, cheaper to the more expensive medical treatments as necessary. Many suggestions are Do-It-Yourself. You will scratch your head and say, "Why didn't I think of that?" Are you an amputee or do you have a bunion? Yourself, a friend, or family member has foot problems what should you do? You will find multiple ideas and possibilities, such as: "What can I use to relieve foot pain that doesn't cost so much?" "How do I know if I really need a custom orthotic?" "Does anyone else have these same problems, or is it just me?" "How do I buy the right shoes in the first place?" "What if part of my foot has been amputated? How can I balance and walk again?" Lynda Elliott Goyzueta is a Certified Pedorthist who has dealt with these questions and found solutions. She has worked in a clinical setting as a practitioner/manager as well as helping the neighbor on the street. When you meet her she will ask you, "What's In Your Shoes?"



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