Children's Literature - Enid PortnoyWhat does it take to wrestle your way to the top? Cena is a popular World Wrestler with twelve world titles. He is also known as a “good guy” as well as a successful sportsman. This title in the “Superstars!” series features him for his wrestling success and also for his acting popularity. John Cena more than doubled his weight when he began a vigorous weight training program during high school. This kind of dedication and work ethic endeared him to his fans throughout his career. In spite of his record he remains humble and confident about what he has to continue to do to improve himself and polish his skills. Loyalty, hard work, and respect are words he holds in mind to practice throughout his lifetime. Although he has enough fight inside him to take on any opponent, Cena possesses good looks and a clean appearance which is not always the norm for a professional wrestler. Coming from a family of five sons, he did not always feel that he fit in. He displayed a love of music and acting as well as a love of sports. He took up weight lifting as a form of self-defense. His father had been a wrestler and taught him that hard work is essential for what anyone wants to achieve in life. John took the message to heart, as the photographs and the text stresses, he linked music and hip-hop with wrestling, and found a gimmick to make him a little different from other wrestlers. Readers will appreciate seeing colored photos of John at different stages of his development as a wrestler, and in his secondary activities appearing in films. Reviewer: Enid Portnoy; Ages 11 to 15.
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