Rise Up: Ordinary Kids with Extraordinary Stories

Publisher: Buster Books

What are your dreams and aspirations? Do you ever wonder what it would be like to do something extraordinary? Young people are capable of pretty much anything – of being world-class sportspeople and champions, of surviving seemingly impossible challenges, of changing the world.

This inspiring book is a collection of true-life stories about young people who have achieved the unimaginable: inventors and explorers, activists and heroes. There are people who have climbed mountains, both literally and metaphorically, from Bethany Hamilton (who survived a shark attack and went on to become a professional surfer) to Lizzie Velasquez (who didn’t let extreme bullying defeat her but found the strength to become an inspirational speaker, helping thousands of people around the world). And perhaps the thing you dream of doing is something that one of the children in this book have done – ballet dancing like Joel Kioko, or becoming a chess champ like Phiona Mutesi.

Large, colourful illustrations and simple text make this a great book to dip into, and after the biographical information for each person, there are interesting suggestions for activities based on that child’s message or passion, from tips on how to become a K-pop star to facts about the Australian Outback or sending a coded message in braille – lots to disc

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