Ready to Fly, How Sylvia Townsend Became the Bookmobile Ballerina

Ready to Fly, How Sylvia Townsend Became the Bookmobile Ballerina by Lea Lyon and A. Lafaye, illustrated by Jessica Gibson--This is the inspiring true story of a young African American girl’s determination to become a ballerina. Sylvia loved music and dancing and was entranced by the graceful ballet movements she originally saw on TV. There was no money for lessons, but there was a bookmobile that provided her with books about ballet. After being turned away by many schools she found a teacher who took her under her wing and she was off! 1950's America could still be a prejudiced place and ballet was considered to be for white girls. She was spunky though and prevailed. (Non-Fiction)