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

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Grades 4 - 8Grades 5 - 10n/a7.045992
Discover inspirational real-life 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 single-handedly 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 no-hitter 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 first-hand accounts from stars who exemplify the idea of enduring at all costs, this collection of sports biographies will serve as a must-read source of inspiration for kids and sports fans of all ages.

Praise for Rising Above

A Scholastic Teacher magazine Summer Reading List selection
A Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Summer Reading List selection

"An easy pitch for middle school sports lovers."--School Library Journal

“This collection of mini-bios about athletes who overcame major obstacles packs a powerful message—perseverance and passion pay off. Even non-sports fans will cheer for superstars like LeBron James and Stephen Curry.”-- Scholastic Teacher

"So many of the obstacles that these athletes share are retold using personal interviews and primary source material that young readers will find very relatable. [T]heir 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 shouldn't allow setbacks to define them."--Booklist

"[O]ften inspiring . . . The underdog stories reveal that dedication and perseverance pay off, as well as that sports can serve as needed outlets and refuges."--Publishers Weekly

"I would rate this a 9 1/2 . . . it touch[es] your heart very often with the ways these athletes turn[ed] their lives around."--Colorado Kids
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published on May 3, 2016 by Philomel Books
ISBN-10: 039917382X
ISBN-13: 9780399173820
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  • codbla1617
    codbla1617Wednesday, December 7, 2016 at 6:45 amFeatured
    I relate to one of these people Tim Howard we both overcame living with Tourette Syndrome. My book is Rising Above How 11 Athletes Overcame Challenges in Their Youth to Become Stars by Gregory Zuckerman.My book took place all over Eastern Hemisphere it is from the 1940s to now. My book is focused on 11 athletes that overcame challenges as kids to get to where they are now.Some interesting facts are that Tim Howard was diagnosed with OCD and Tourette Syndrome. Jim Abbott was a pitcher in the MLB and he only had one arm. Stephen Curry was good at basketball but he was short and scrawny so no college wanted him. Dwyane Wade’s mother was a drug dealer and a drug addict. Dwyane Wade was really good at basketball but no college wanted him because he struggled academically. I would recommend this book to people who like sports and are struggling in their life but it is also for older readers.