Rising Above: How 11 Athletes Overcame Challenges in Their Youth to Become Stars

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By Gregory Zuckerman, Elijah Zuckerman, Gabriel Zuckerman
Publisher Philomel Books
Rising Above: How 11 Athletes Overcame Challenges in Their Youth to Become Stars
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Discover inspirational reallife stories of superstar athletes in this collection of sports biographies featuring LeBron James, Stephen Curry, Tim Howard, and more! Team USA goalkeeper Tim Howard was diagnosed with Tourette Syndrome in 6th grade. He went on to become a national treasure after singlehandedly keeping America competitive in the 2014 World Cup. Stephen Curry was told he was too small, too weak, and too slow to even receive a scholarship to play college basketball. He outworked everyone and went on to become MVP of the National Basketball Association. Jim Abbott was born without his right hand, yet he refused to be defined by what he lacked. He went on to pitch a nohitter in the Major Leagues.Athlete after athlete in this book found discipline, hope, and inspiration on the playing field, rising above their circumstances. Filled with firsthand accounts from stars who exemplify the idea of enduring at all costs, this collection of sports biographies will serve as a mustread source of inspiration for kids and sports fans of all ages.Praise for Rising AboveA Scholastic Teacher magazine Summer Reading List selectionA Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Summer Reading List selectionAn easy pitch for middle school sports lovers.School Library JournalThis collection of minibios about athletes who overcame major obstacles packs a powerful messageperseverance and passion pay off. Even nonsports fans will cheer for superstars like LeBron James and Stephen Curry.Scholastic TeacherSo many of the obstacles that these athletes share are retold using personal interviews and primary source material that young readers will find very relatable. Their stories have morals that are easily transferred to life off the court or the field. The highly relevant message is that no situation is too dire or insurmountable with the right attitude and that young people shouldnt allow setbacks to define them.BooklistOften inspiring . . . The underdog stories reveal that dedication and perseverance pay off, as well as that sports can serve as needed outlets and refuges.Publishers WeeklyI would rate this a 9 1/2 . . . it touches your heart very often with the ways these athletes turned their lives around.Colorado Kids

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45322 words45,322 words
256 pages256 pages
Lexile 1010LLexile 1010L
Grade 3 to 7Grade 3 to 7
Age 8-12Age 8-12
Published 2016Published 2016

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