Character: The Fossil Sisters 

Book: Ballet Shoes 

Author: Noel Streatfeild 

26 writer: Miranda Dickinson 


The Fossil Sisters are three orphans adopted as babies by eccentric explorer Great Uncle Matthew, or ‘Gum.’ They’re called the ‘Fossils’ after the artefacts he collects.


A family found are we.

Gathered by Gum from far flung lands

to breathe life into Cromwell Road.

Pauline, saved from the ravening waves; 

Petrova, a Russian blessing;

and Posy, delivered with ballet shoes.

Three collected sisters, called to the stage: 

finding our voice, heart and feet,

discovering life’s dance.

Owning our name that is all our own,

vowing to make history.

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