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Beating the Odds: A Teen Guide to 75 Superstars Who Overcame Adversity
     

Beating the Odds: A Teen Guide to 75 Superstars Who Overcame Adversity

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by Mary Ellen Snodgrass
 

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Many famous people have overcome difficult circumstances and gone on to become successful in their fields. This book profiles the lives of 75 courageous and persistent people who have triumphed over adversity. These individuals have conquered a range of problems, including physical, psychological, social, and economic handicaps. Individuals profiled come from a

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Many famous people have overcome difficult circumstances and gone on to become successful in their fields. This book profiles the lives of 75 courageous and persistent people who have triumphed over adversity. These individuals have conquered a range of problems, including physical, psychological, social, and economic handicaps. Individuals profiled come from a range of professions and reflect battles against religious prejudice, medical conditions, eating disorders, poverty, and other social ills. Among the people profiled are Mitch Albom, Hillary Clinton, Magic Johnson, Stephen King, Greg Louganis, and Henry Winkler. The volume includes an historical timeline, a list of relevant films documenting the achievements of these superstars, and a general bibliography.

Some of the most successful people in our society have overcome great odds in order to achieve their dreams. Through courage and persistence, they have triumphed over a range of adversities and serve as models for students faced with similar circumstances. This book profiles the struggles and accomplishments of 75 such individuals from all walks of life.

Each entry highlights the physical, psychological, social, or economic struggles of the person and discusses how the person won their battle against adversity. Among the individuals profiled are: Mitch Albom, Roseanne Barr, Sandra Cisneros, Hillary Clinton, Pat Conroy, Michael J. Fox, Magic Johnson, Stephen King, Greg Louganis, Jessica Lynch, Colin Powell, Salman Rushdie, Martin Sheen, Henry Winkler, and many more. The volume closes with an historical timeline, a list of films related to the achievements of these superstars, and a general bibliography. In addition to inspiring students to succeed against all odds, the book promotes respect for diversity and explores a host of social issues related to religious prejudice, eating disorders, medical conditions, poverty, and other concerns.

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"Adolescent students often express a sense of isolation in their attempts to overcome personal adversity. These young readers will find solace in the accounts presented in this volume, a collection of 75 biographies that share the stories of other people who have overcome their own struggles and attained success. Teachers and students can use entries as extensions or starting points as they explore the concepts of personal adversity, struggle and triumph. Highly recommended for high school and public libraries." - Doug's Student Reference Room

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780313345647
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
08/30/2008
Pages:
368
Product dimensions:
7.20(w) x 10.10(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
12 - 15 Years

Meet the Author

MARY ELLEN SNODGRASS is the author of numerous reference works, including Signs of the Zodiac: A Reference Guide to Historical, Mythological, and Cultural Associations (Greenwood, 1997).

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Beating the Odds: A Teen Guide to 75 Superstars Who Overcame Adversity 1.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Why would a book cost so much? It's crazy!! You know how many books you can by insread of this book???? Don't waste your money on this book, unless your a millionare.. Please don't waste your money that could be spent on stuff that is actually useful..
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anybody else not hear of any of these people who have "overcome the odds?" Lol
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
$75!!!!!!!!!!!! Not buying this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Is it a dollar for every "superstar"?????
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Did anyone ACTUALLY buy the book??????
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Jasmine Brown More than 1 year ago
Why would a book cost so much.? Somebody needs to drop this price range down.!!
Bobby Pruitt More than 1 year ago
Not worth the price....
Kari Teknos More than 1 year ago
Gish who would spend almost 100 bucks on a book!!!!!!!!! NOT me is who!!!!!!! its just a book you could buy SO much with a hundred!!!! I strongly not recommed thiss book!!!
Lizbeth Duenas More than 1 year ago