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How to Solve a Problem: The Rise (and Falls) of a Rock-Climbing Champion



by
Ashima Shiraishi
illustrated by
Yao Xiao

Edition
Library edition with trade jacket added
Publisher
Penguin Random House
Imprint
Make Me a World
ISBN
9781524773281

Awards and Honors
Publisher's Weekly Top 10 Best Pictures Books of 2020
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To a rock climber, a boulder is called a problem, and you solve it by climbing to the top. There are twists and turns, falls and scrapes, and obstacles that seem insurmountable until you learn to see the possibilities within them. And then there is the moment of triumph, when there’s nothing above you but sky and nothing below but a goal achieved.

Ashima Shiraishi draws on her experience as a world-class climber in this story that challenges readers to tackle the problems in their own lives and rise to greater heights than they would have ever thought possible.

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Details

Format

Print

Page Count

40

Trim Size

12" x 8 1/2"

Dewey

F

AR

3.5: points 0.5

Lexile

AD650L

Genre

Nonfic

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

Jul 2020

Book Genres

Picture Book

Topics

Problem solving. Rock climbing. Persistence. Ashima Shiraishi (2001– ). Sports and recreation. Adventure and adventurers.

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Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

School Library Journal, Publishers Weekly*

School Library Journal

A teen rock-climbing star describes how she approaches a climb, mapping it out one step at a time. Olympic-hopeful Ashima Shiraishi addresses readers directly, explaining that climbers call the rocks they face “problems.” Her first-person narration is relatively simple, often featuring a single line on a page. Shiraishi describes facing one difficult climb, breaking it down into familiar steps and using similes to identify each distinctive part. She climbs, falls, and climbs again “with the new information / the fall had given me.” This New York–born, Japanese American phenom is given a heroic treatment in digital illustrations by illustrator Xiao. The cover showcases Shiraishi hanging by her fingertips, almost flying, against a backdrop of sky and mountain. Early spreads showcase her climbs in Central Park before attempting the challenge at the heart of her story. After tracing her path up the rock, Xiao depicts Shiraishi reaching for a path through the stars. A final spread repeats the night sky motif with a more detailed history of her accomplishments through age 15. Publisher Christopher Myers introduces this teen author and athlete as someone who is “one of the best in the world at what she does” but with a secret superpower: “the ability to try again after failing.” A well-told story that could be an inspiration to young readers.

Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

A teen rock-climbing star describes how she approaches a climb, mapping it out one step at a time. Olympic-hopeful Ashima Shiraishi addresses readers directly, explaining that climbers call the rocks they face “problems.” Her first-person narration is relatively simple, often featuring a single line on a page. Shiraishi describes facing one difficult climb, breaking it down into familiar steps and using similes to identify each distinctive part. She climbs, falls, and climbs again “with the new information / the fall had given me.” This New York–born, Japanese American phenom is given a heroic treatment in digital illustrations by illustrator Xiao. The cover showcases Shiraishi hanging by her fingertips, almost flying, against a backdrop of sky and mountain. Early spreads showcase her climbs in Central Park before attempting the challenge at the heart of her story. After tracing her path up the rock, Xiao depicts Shiraishi reaching for a path through the stars. A final spread repeats the night sky motif with a more detailed history of her accomplishments through age 15. Publisher Christopher Myers introduces this teen author and athlete as someone who is “one of the best in the world at what she does” but with a secret superpower: “the ability to try again after failing.” A well-told story that could be an inspiration to young readers.

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