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One day, not so very many years ago, a small peasant boy was chosen to study ballet at the Beijing Dance Academy. His mother urged him to take this chance of a lifetime.
But Li was only eleven years old and he was scared and lonely, pushed away from all that he had ever known and loved. He hated the strict training routines and the strange place he had been brought to. All he wanted to do was go home – to his mother, father and six brothers, to his own small village. But soon Li realised that his mother was right. He had the chance to do something special with his life – and he never turned back . . .
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Formats & editions

  • EBook

    9781742281209

    May 2, 2005

    Penguin eBooks

    320 pages

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Awards and Recognition

  • KOALA Children's Choice Awards
    2008
    Winner
    Fiction for Years 7–9
  • YABBA Children's Choice Awards
    2008
    Winner
    Fiction for Years 7–9
  • REAL Children's Choice Awards
    2008
    Shortlisted
    Fiction for Years 7–9

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