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Proud (Young Readers Edition): Living My American Dream Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2019-09-13 
Review Score: 5 out of 5 star From 0 user ratings
ISBN:0316477044
LANGUAGE:English

" Read alikes:Life in MotionI am MalalaQuestions:Why did Ibtihaj get in trouble with her U.S. team coach? She missed a practice even though no one told her about itWho helped Ibtihaj decide to start a clothing line? Her brother How many Olympic games has Ibtihaj competed in? Just one in 2016Why did some people complain about Ibtihaj traveling? She was not accompanied by a male relative. " said.

" Ibti's story is very sweet. Her family is sweet. Her personality is sweet. The amount of prejudice and struggle she faces is not, and I think the YA version glosses over the political context and social reality of our times, but she is a genuine person and a social justice, as well as athletic role model and you will also learn a lot about fencing! " said.

" Extremely readable memoir about Ibtihaj growing up as a half-black Muslim girl in Northern NJ and her desire to fit in and find her place. Fencing gives her that. Despite facing discrimination and at times hatred aimed at her, Ibtihaj shows extreme mental toughness and continues to persevere to find happiness, satisfaction and ultimately the utmost pride in her faith, her accomplishments and herself. Inspirational. Enlightening. Well done. " said.

" There's a lot to love about this book, and it mostly has to do with its existence. I'm so glad Ibtihaj Muhammad has a voice and a presence in today's world, but the writing is pretty bad. I never got a real sense of what it actually feels like to live her life, and I'm not sure if it's that it's a Young Readers Edition or something else. The memoir doesn't dig nearly deep enough into her personal experience of being a Black Muslim woman, but I did learn some things about the sport of fencing. " said.

"This book is inspiring, particularly for women looking for ways to go to college and have it paid for through sports. The author chooses fencing, because at the time there weren't many women fencers, although she's never at a loss for competitors. But there were no others who wore the hijab. Although the author graduated from an Ivy League school in 2008, at the height of the Great Recession, and at one point worked for a dollar store, she pursed her passion relentlessly and by her 30s went to the Olympics. An all-around inspiring sports story!

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"Ibtihaj Muhammad won a bronze medal at the Summer Olympics in 2016 for team saber fencing. This is her story of how she got to that place while keeping her faith, Muslim, intact. At times inspiring (hard work pays off) and at times frustrating (team members won't associate with her, issues wearing her hijab) I was very glad to read this and thrilled that Muslim women have a strong, healthy roll model for themselves in Ibtihaj Muhammad.

This book is the young adult version of her adult book, Proud: My Fight for an Unlikely American Dream, which was also published in 2018.
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"I ended up only skimming this young reader's edition because it fantastic fashion to compliment the adult memoir that I had just read, she did a bang-up job of adapting the storytelling without losing the story of being a proud African American Muslim girl who grew up in Newark New Jersey and took to fencing in high school.

I wouldn't hesitate to give the adult version to most of my students in HS, but knowing that this is just a little smaller and easier to digest, leaving out some of the training stories and people to fast-track this lovely adaption.
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""If you've had the opportunity taken from you because of your race, religion or gender, I hope this book inspires you."

"There are about 6.5 million Muslims in America, living in every state and employed in thousands of different professions."

"Black , white, Muslim, Christian, Jewish, boy, girl...anyone. Don't ever give up on your dreams. Work for them. Embrace them. They make you who you are."

"Dream big, and trust that with a lot of hard work, anything is possible."

"It's not always about the win. Progress is also winning."

"Find balance. rest and recovery are just as important as training itself."

"Be open to people who may be different from you."



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