Growing up in a crime-plagued, gang-infested neighborhood, Venus and Serena Williams were led to believe their environment was not a place where dreams could come true. It took a relentless determination, a burning desire to be the best, and a willingness to conquer racial barriers for them to emerge as tennis legends. Simone Biles was raised by a single mother with addiction issues, forcing her grandparents to intervene. But Simone soon discovered balance beams and gymnastics mats, setting her on a path toward Olympic greatness. Carli Lloyd, meanwhile, believed her youth soccer career was really starting to take off, only to be cut from her team. Instead of quitting the sport she loved, Carli rebuilt her confidence from the ground up, ultimately becoming one of the leaders on the World Cup Champion US Women's Soccer team.
The athletes featured in this book met earth-shaking challenges head on, and through hard work and perseverance, went on to conquer the sports world. This collection of mini biographies, complete with first-hand content drawn from interviews, is a source of inspiration and self-empowerment for kids and sports fans of all ages.
Also included in the book: Wilma Rudolph (track and field), Mo'ne Davis (Little League baseball), Swin Cash (basketball), Elena Delle Donne (basketball), Bethany Hamilton (surfing), Ronda Rousey (mixed martial arts), and Kerri Strug (gymnastics).
Praise for Rising Above: Inspiring Women in Sports:
"An inspiring, empowering collection of true stories of perseverance and resolve." --Kirkus Reviews
"This is a good choice for libraries where biographies about current newsmakers are in demand." --School Library Connection
"What will inspire athletes of any ability or gender is how these women turned to help when needed and learned to accept themselves inside and out." --Booklist
"A varied and inspiring collection of sports biographies." --School Library Journal
|Publisher:||Penguin Young Readers Group|
|Product dimensions:||5.60(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.90(d)|
|Age Range:||10 - 14 Years|
About the Author
Gabra Zackman is the award-winning narrator of over 300 audiobooks. She has been in the business since 2004, when she started recording for the National Library Service for the Blind. A classically trained actress, Gabra has appeared in theaters all over the country as well as on film and television.
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Table of Contents
Simone Biles 1
Elena Delle Donne 26
Venus and Serena Williams 43
Mo'ne Davis 66
Bethany Hamilton 81
Carli Lloyd 97
Wilma Rudolph 115
Ronda Rousey 131
Swin Cash 155
Kerri Strug 178