Synopsis: The A Girl Named series tells the stories of how ordinary American girls grew up to be extraordinary American women. Misty Copeland became the first African American Female Principal Dancer for the American Ballet Theatre, but how did she get there? A Girl Named Misty describes the defining moments that made up her childhood and adolescence with full-color illustrations throughout. In addition to stories and facts about Misty’s upbringing and accomplishments, the book includes a timeline and a glossary, plus a profile of a noteworthy and contemporary American girl following in Misty’s graceful footsteps to lead the way for African American women in the arts.

Release Date: 29th May 2018

Format Read: Paperback

Genres: Memoir, Picture Book, Children’s, Sports

Pages: 49

Review: I haven’t ever heard of Misty Copeland before reading this book, I’m so glad that now I have.

I love this series of books focusing on very inspiring women to help teach children all about them and help inspire them to go after whatever dreams they have. 

It was really interesting to read about Misty’s story striving to become a principle ballet dancer for ABT. It was a tough journey but even through separation and injuries nothing stopped her and she still went for it all achieving her dreams. She made history. I really love the way the author told her story.


About Author: Kelly Starling Lyons is an award-winning author whose 17 titles for children span easy readers, picture books, chapter books, fiction, nonfiction, and series. For more than a decade, Lyons has been creating inspiring books that center Black heroes, celebrate family, friendship and heritage and show all children the storyteller they hold inside. Her acclaimed titles include Going Down Home with Daddy, Sing a Song: How Lift Every Voice & Sing Inspired Generations, Dream Builder: The Story of Architect Philip Freelon, Tiara’s Hat Parade and the Jada Jones chapter book series. Her new easy reader series with illustrator Nina Mata, Ty’s Travels, debuts September 1. The first book, All Aboard, earned a starred Kirkus review.

Lyons counts Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People, Best of the Year and state award lists, Junior Library Guild selections, a Caldecott Honor and a Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor among the accolades her books have received. Two of her books, Hope’s Gift and Going Down Home with Daddy, have represented the states of North Carolina and Georgia, respectively, at the National Book Festival’s Parade of the States. 

Lyons is a founding member of The Brown Bookshelf, a team dedicated to raising awareness of Black children’s book creators, a Raleigh-Durham co-ambassador for The Authors Guild, and a teaching artist who visits schools, libraries, conferences and festivals nationwide. She lives in North Carolina with her husband and children where she facilitates a book club for boys that salutes literary treasures from Black authors and illustrators of today and the past. Learn more at


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