After leading the Seattle Seahawks to their crushing Super Bowl XLVIII defeat of the Denver Broncosand their veteran quarterback Peyton Manningduring his second NFL season, Russell Wilson proved himself to be a powerhouse on the football field. Attaching himself to a host of causes, including bullying and domestic violence, the upstart quarterback has also become a formidable force for good off the field. This exciting volume chronicles how Wilson worked hard to defy expectations and rise to stardom. Wilsons many accomplishments will inspire readers and teach them that it is never too early to make a difference.
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Gr 5-8-These upbeat and engaging biographies offer a mix of anecdotes and facts, along with sidebars and color photos. Fans will enjoy learning that LeBron James maintained a B average in high school and that his favorite subject was earth science. These athletes are in their 20s and 30s, and the books neatly balance stories of the players' early lives with their considerable personal accomplishments. For instance, readers learn that soccer star Lionel Messi overcame a childhood growth hormone deficiency and that David Ortiz felt that growing up in the Dominican Republic, where he often played baseball with makeshift equipment such as bottle caps and broomsticks, helped him become a better hitter. A time line and a section on other "living legends" add context. VERDICT This well-executed set is sure to please fans and newcomers alike.α(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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