Venus and Serena: Serving From The Hip: 10 Rules for Living, Loving, and Winning

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Venus and Serena Williams have something to say. But it isn’t all about tennis. It’s about life and how to play it.

These superstars and super sisters share their secrets in this straight-talking smart guide. Speaking candidly about their personal experiences, the sisters give you the inside scoop on:

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Overview

Venus and Serena Williams have something to say. But it isn’t all about tennis. It’s about life and how to play it.

These superstars and super sisters share their secrets in this straight-talking smart guide. Speaking candidly about their personal experiences, the sisters give you the inside scoop on:

• What it takes to rise and stay on top.
• Who watches their backs when the pressure is on.
• How they spend—and save—their money.
• Dating—their real deal on romance.
• Book smarts—keeping grades up and study stress down.
• Loving the skin you’re in.

This book offers solid advice for getting an advantage in every game you play.

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"What makes this book so enticing is its attractive layout: lots of crisp, color photographs and design elements such as starbursts and silhouettes in different colors." Booklist, ALA
Publishers Weekly
The powerhouse sisters who stormed the international tennis scene share tips on how they aced their way to the top in Venus and Serena: Serving from the Hip by Venus and Serena Williams, with Hilary Beard. With style and rhythm, they deliver their "10 rules for living, loving, and winning" and back them up with biographical examples ("Sister Rule #1: I don't just daydream-I build a dream team. And I don't let others steal my vision," accompanies a stylish and flirtingly sassy photo of Serena). The siblings describe their childhood, their discipline and their mindset and will likely inspire youngsters to pursue dreams of their own. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
Every girl between eleven and fifteen-years-old should read this book. Though the tone may be a bit hyper-perky, the advice is clear, practical, and level-headed. And in a world that encourages girls to focus on fashion, boys, and popular culture at ever-younger ages, the Williams sisters provide welcome models of the benefit of focusing instead on hard work and personal achievement. The book covers the usual topics addressed by other "growing-up-right" books for adolescent girls—proper nutrition, exercise, skin care, choosing friends, etc. But what sets this book apart from the others is the sisters' emphasis on setting personal goals and pouring all one's energy into achieving them. They address the obstacles, or "dream-stealers," that young women face, and they provide strategies for overcoming them. There are no recipes for instant success in this book—the Williams sisters value hard work and dedication, and they offer many useful, positive ideas to help girls build successful lives. 2005, Houghton Mifflin Company, Ages 11 to 15.
—Barbara Carroll Roberts
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Gr 7 Up-The sisters and tennis players extraordinaire give teens advice on everyday living, showing them how to aim high and reach their goals. The 10 rules for success include building a "dream team" (people who support your goals), doing well in school, learning self-respect, valuing friendships, taking care of yourself emotionally and physically, obtaining financial security, and overcoming setbacks. The final chapter discusses the virtues of volunteerism and charity. A color photo appears on every spread. The two women speak candidly about their personal experiences, revealing the values, attitudes, and regimens that worked for them. Never preachy and always practical, this is a welcome addition to most collections.-Ajoke' T. I. Kokodoko, Oakland Public Library, CA Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780618576531
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 3/22/2005
  • Edition description: None
  • Pages: 144
  • Age range: 12 - 18 Years
  • Lexile: 1010L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 7.60 (w) x 8.76 (h) x 0.37 (d)

Meet the Author

Venus Williams
Hilary Beard grew up playing tennis in Cleveland, Ohio. She is now an established writer, living in Philadelphia, where she volunteers at a charter high school, attending a "sister circle," an adult-guided rap session emphasizing self-esteem and values.
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Table of Contents

A Word from Venus and Serena's Mom vi
Why We Wrote This Book viii
1 Beware of Dream Stealers 1
2 Why School Is Cool 15
3 Respect Yourself 27
4 Hang with an Incredible Crew 39
5 Be True-Do You 51
6 Don't Rush a Crush 69
7 Love the Skin You're In 77
8 All About the Money, Honey 95
9 Step Back, Setbacks! 109
10 It's Better to Give 123
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  • Posted October 20, 2009

    you always have to work harder.

    wonderful, inspiring' give or read to your daughters.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2005

    Great book to inspire people in sports

    It's a book to inspire people to make goals in life. Also to learn to play sports such as tennis with sportsmanship. Like learning to play by the rules and play by being a good person.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2005

    Serving from the Heart

    Rather than someone writing a story based on Venus and Serena, the twins put a book based on improving and loving yourself. This book really was serving from the heart.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 26, 2005

    A great book

    i read this book and i absolutely love it. Venus and Serena tell us about the wy to live a more successful life based on their own experience. GREAT BOOK!

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