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My Corner of the Ring

By: Jesselyn Silva

In this Lean-In style inspirational memoir, twelve-year-old Jesselyn Silva offers a ringside seat to girl power and what it takes to win in the ring and in life: punch by punch. Girl Boxer shows kids what it means to be true to yourself and stick with your dreams even when facing adversity and ridicule. Supported by her single dad, Jesselyn (JessZilla in the ring) first donned her boxing gloves at five years of age, making her one of very few female boxers in the country. Girl Boxer charts Jesselyn’s oft times exhilarating and heartbreaking journey to success in a male dominated sport where she struggles to find partners to spar with and combats the viewpoint that no one wants to see a girl fight. Despite an inhospitable environment, Jesselyn still has her sights set on the Olympics. With the help of her very dad, Pedro, who has instilled in her a strong work ethic, she just might make it.It is an exciting and motivational read that will provide kids with the roadmap and encouragement to accomplish whatever goals they set for themselves. Jesselyn’s positive can-do attitude and determination make this a must read.

Glossary. Black-and-white photographs and illustrations.

ISBN: 9780525518402

JLG Release: Sep 2019


Sensitive Areas: Violence: Mild Violence
Topics: Jesselyn Silva , Boxing , Women boxers , Hispanic Americans , Middle schools , Girls and women , Sports and recreation , Olympics , Women athletes , Hispanic and Latino , Memoirs

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Silva’s memoir is a unique and inspiring story of bravery, resilience, and passion. At only seven years old, Silva developed a love for boxing and never looked back. She soon discovered the male-dominated nature of the sport and in response, felt determined to make a place for herself and other female boxers. She also yearned to help create a wor Silva’s memoir is a unique and inspiring story of bravery, resilience, and passion. At only seven years old, Silva developed a love for boxing and never looked back. She soon discovered the male-dominated nature of the sport and in response, felt determined to make a place for herself and other female boxers. She also yearned to help create a world in which gender stereotypes ceased to exist in sports. While largely fueled by her own passion to challenge herself, Silva received immense love and encouragement from her family, friends, and coach. After only two years of intense training and sparring, she was able to participate in her first match with another girl. She earned the nickname Jess ‘Too Cute’ Silva and got a custom-made boxing outfit. In due time, Silva achieved one of her major goals—to qualify for the Junior Olympics. At 12, she fought in her local Junior Olympic Regional Tournament and only a month later, she competed at the nationals. Silva fought against someone who was both older and more experienced and while she didn’t win, she returned home with a bronze medal, her family and coach’s enduring support, and a new goal—to win gold at the 2024 ­Olympics. This memoir will undoubtedly inspire and motivate teens to set goals and challenge themselves. An invaluable addition to public and school library biography collections.

Book Details

ISBN

9780525518402

First Release

September 2019

Genre

Fic

Dewey Classification

B

Trim Size

8 1/4" x 5 1/2"

Page Count

288

Accelerated Reader

Level 5.6; Points: 7;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 5.4; Points: 13;

Lexile

Level 820L

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

G.P. Putnam's Sons

Potentially Sensitive Areas

Violence: Mild Violence

Topics

Jesselyn Silva, Boxing, Women boxers, Hispanic Americans, Middle schools, Girls and women, Sports and recreation, Olympics, Women athletes, Hispanic and Latino, Memoirs,

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