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Rising Above: How 11 Athletes Overcame Challenges in Their Youth to Become Stars Paperback – May 2, 2017

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Praise for Rising Above

Scholastic Teacher magazine Summer Reading List selection
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. Though the people chronicled are all athletes, 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 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 

About the Author

Gregory Zuckerman is a Special Writer at The Wall Street Journal and the bestselling author of The Frackers: The Outrageous Inside Story of the New Billionaire Wildcatters; and The Greatest Trade Ever: The Behind-the-Scenes Story of How John Paulson Defied Wall Street and Made Financial History. He appears regularly on CNBC, Fox Business, National Public Radio, BBC, and other major media outlets.  He lives with his wife and two sons in West Orange, N.J., where they enjoy the Yankees in the summer, root for the Giants in the fall, and reminisce about Linsanity in the winter. Follow @gzuckerman

Product details

  • Age Range: 10 - 14 years
  • Grade Level: 5 - 9
  • Lexile Measure: 1010L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin Books; Reprint edition (May 2, 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0147515688
  • ISBN-13: 978-0147515681
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.7 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
  • Customer Reviews: 4.7 out of 5 stars200 customer ratings
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,019 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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