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

UPDATE TIME: 2019-06-02 
Review Score: 5 out of 5 star From 0 user ratings
ISBN:0316477044
LANGUAGE:English

" A memoir of grit and perseverance that tells us of her struggles while staying overwhelmingly positive. " said.

" I loved this book and read it in less than a day, it was so good. This is a great inspirational story, teaching people that you should keep on trying even when people tell you no, or they don’t think you are good enough. " said.

" Shows determination of this young athlete as she struggled against discrimination (because of her Muslim religion and as an African American) and societal attitudes regarding her identity as a woman in the field of fencing. " said.

" This was a really great read and I really enjoyed reading about her journey. She really defied the odds and proved that with hard work and dedication you can do anything regardless of religion or the color of your skin. Excellent read and definitely recommend. " said.

" I read this to get ready for book talks focusing on sports, and I'm so glad I did. I think it's a very accessible story for middle school kids, and there is a lot to admire about Ibtihaj's determination and perseverance. I also thought the way she talks about her experiences as a black, Muslim woman in spaces where there was no one else like her could resonate with many students. " 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.

"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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