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Proud: Living My American Dream (Young Readers Edition)



by
Ibtihaj Muhammad

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Hachette Book Group
Imprint
Little, Brown BFYR
ISBN
9780316477000

Awards and Honors
2019 Septima Clark Book Award Winner
Booklist Top 10 Sports Books for Youth 2018
NYPL Best Books for Teens - 2018
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Discrimination: Reference/Discussion, Discrimination: Racial Insensitivity/Racism
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At the 2016 Olympic Games, Ibtihaj Muhammad broke barriers as the first American to compete wearing hijab and made history as the first Muslim American woman to win a medal. She describes the hard work, emotional fortitude, and faith she needed to become an Olympic fencer.Glossary of fencing terms. "Ibtihaj’s Advice." Q&A with the author. Full-color photo insert.

POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Discrimination: Reference/Discussion, Discrimination: Racial Insensitivity/Racism

Details

Format

Print

Page Count

304

Trim Size

6" 8 1/2"

Dewey

796.862092 B

AR

6.7: points 10

Lexile

960L

Genre

Nonfic

Scholastic Reading Counts

16

JLG Release

Dec 2018

Book Genres


Topics

Ibtihaj Muhammad (1985– ). Fencers and fencing. Biography. US women fencers. Women Olympic athletes. Muslims. Muslim Americans. Hijab (Islamic clothing). Sports.

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Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

School Library Journal, Booklist*, Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA), Kirkus Reviews*

School Library Journal

Fencer and Olympic medalist Muhammad pens an eminently readable account of her childhood through her win at the 2016 Rio Olympics in this must-have memoir. Opening with an all-too familiar scene, she recalls how a substitute teacher refused to properly pronounce her name, an episode that the Olympian uses to elucidate her motivations behind writing this text: “I wanted to chronicle my quest to challenge society’s limited perceptions of what a Muslim woman, a black woman, or an athlete can be.” In this regard, and many others, Muhammad excels. Her steadfast trust in herself and the guidance of her family and her faith shine throughout. Muhammad’s retelling of her early home life, her qualification for the 2016 Olympics, and of blessings big and small are passages filled with love and awe. The writing is concise, and the replays of Muhammad’s matches are riveting. Teen athletes, especially those playing in sports perceived as white, will relate to and value Muhammad’s keen perspective on manipulative coaches, college and scholarship applications, racist and Islamophobic abuse from teammates, and the challenge of balancing practice, classwork, and personal academic interests. An epilogue discusses her role in creating the nonprofit Athletes for Impact and underlines the importance of defining one’s identity for oneself and embracing one’s dreams. VERDICT A first purchase for YA nonfiction collections.–Della Farrell, School Library Journal, School Library Journal

Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

Fencer and Olympic medalist Muhammad pens an eminently readable account of her childhood through her win at the 2016 Rio Olympics in this must-have memoir. Opening with an all-too familiar scene, she recalls how a substitute teacher refused to properly pronounce her name, an episode that the Olympian uses to elucidate her motivations behind writing this text: “I wanted to chronicle my quest to challenge society’s limited perceptions of what a Muslim woman, a black woman, or an athlete can be.” In this regard, and many others, Muhammad excels. Her steadfast trust in herself and the guidance of her family and her faith shine throughout. Muhammad’s retelling of her early home life, her qualification for the 2016 Olympics, and of blessings big and small are passages filled with love and awe. The writing is concise, and the replays of Muhammad’s matches are riveting. Teen athletes, especially those playing in sports perceived as white, will relate to and value Muhammad’s keen perspective on manipulative coaches, college and scholarship applications, racist and Islamophobic abuse from teammates, and the challenge of balancing practice, classwork, and personal academic interests. An epilogue discusses her role in creating the nonprofit Athletes for Impact and underlines the importance of defining one’s identity for oneself and embracing one’s dreams. VERDICT A first purchase for YA nonfiction collections.–Della Farrell, School Library Journal, School Library Journal

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