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.
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 girlsproper 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 bookthe 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
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.