Catherine Bruton

No Ballet Shoes in Syria

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Classic storytelling filled with warmth, hope and humanity, Bruton’s beautiful and captivating writing sets out an important message championing the rights of refugees.

Award-winning Catherine Bruton discusses her latest novel, No Ballet Shoes in Syria, and the refugee crisis. Eleven-year-old Aya 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 dance teacher spots her talent and earmarks her for a ballet scholarship. But Aya has other priorities: her family must fight to stay in the country, make a new home, and find Aya’s missing father. 

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

Catherine Bruton studied English at Oxford University and juggles life as a teacher, author and parent. Her books tackle some of the biggest issues facing young people today in ways that are heart-breaking, often hilarious, but invariably hopeful.