Work It, Girl: Become a Leader Like Michelle Obama

Publisher: Frances Lincoln

Michelle LaVaughn Robinson was determined from a very early age to learn everything that she could, and her sharp, active mind and passion for education meant that she became a star student.

Michelle’s parents hadn’t been to university, but they made sure Michelle and her brother Craig knew how important it was: sometimes they would drive around the more affluent neighbourhoods of Chicago and say: “This is what life could look like if you go to a good college and get a good job.” Yet when Michelle went to see the university advisor at her school and told her she wanted to go to Princeton, one of the best universities in the USA, the woman told her she “wasn’t Princeton material”.

Fortunately, the young Michelle was very determined, so she went straight to the Assistant Principal and asked him to write her a letter of recommendation. A few months later, she was accepted to Princeton, and her life changed forever. After university she became a top lawyer in Chicago (where she met her future husband and President of the United States, Barack), and then got more and more involved in local politics and charities, all informing her work as First Lady and beyond.

A perfect introduction to Michelle Obama’s inspiring life, this book is a must for anyone with a dream, and a reminder that with hard work and focus, everything is possible. Just wonderful.

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