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Kelly Mangan is a writer of picture books and middle grade stories with humor, heart, and social justice themes. She is a former union organizer, women’s rights activist, and past director of various progressive campaigns.

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Prima Gina, Ballerina

Gina dreams of being a ballerina, but people doubt her because of her size. When a snooty ballet studio turns her away for lessons, she enters a dance competition to prove her mettle. Through courage and determination, Gina shows that dance is for all bodies—and inspires other kids to join her in creating a dance space where everyone is welcome. Prima Gina is a tale about body positivity, inclusion, and not letting the close-mindedness of others stand in the way of your dreams.

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