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When it All Syncs Up

6 June, 2023

The background is all pinks and yellow swirled together. A young Black woman is in ballet slippers with ribbons up her calves. She is wearing form fitting exercise shorts and a tank. Her arms are raised with one above her head and one out to the side. Her hair is up in a bun. There are faint shadows of her in other poses in the background.When it All Syncs Up by Maya Ameyaw
Annick Press

Ballet is Aisha’s life. So when she’s denied yet another lead at her elite academy because she doesn’t “look” the part, she knows something has to change–the constant discrimination is harming her mental health. Switching to her best friend Neil’s art school seems like the perfect plan at first. But she soon discovers racism and bullying are entrenched in the ballet program here, too, and there’s a new, troubling distance between her and Neil. And as past traumas surface, pressure from friends and family, a new romance, and questions about her dance career threaten to overwhelm her. There’s no choreography to follow–for high school or for healing. Aisha will have to find the strength within herself–and place her trust in others–to make her next move. — Cover image and summary via Goodreads


6 June, 2023
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