Rising Above


Rising Above

How 11 Athletes Overcame Challenges In Their Youth To Become Stars

By Gregory Zuckerman, Elijah Zuckerman And Gabriel Zuckerman

Hardcover Published by Philomel Books
May 03, 2016, 256 Pages, 5-1/2 x 8-1/4
Middle Grade (8-12)
ISBN 9780399173820

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Discover the inspirational real-life stories of superstar athletes like 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, Rising Above will serve as a must-read source of inspiration for kids and sports fans of all ages.

Praise for Rising Above:

“An easy pitch for middle school sports lovers.”–School Library Journal

“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

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