Tenacious: Fifteen Adventures Alongside Disabled Athletes

By Patty Cisneros Prevo
Illustrators Illustrated by Dion MBD Edition

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Publisher Lee & Low Books Imprint Lee & Low ISBN


Tenacious: Fifteen Adventures Alongside Disabled Athletes

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Meet fifteen remarkable athletes who use adaptive equipment in this beautiful and truth-telling picture book.

A downhill skier whose blindness has sharpened her communication skills. An adaptive surfer who shreds waves while sitting down. A young man who excels at wheelchair motocross--but struggles with math. Tenacious tells their stories and more, revealing the daily joys and challenges of life as an athlete with disabilities.

These competitors have won gold medals, set world records, climbed mountain peaks, claimed national championships, and many more extraordinary achievements. Get to know them in Tenacious!

Author’s note. “Preferred Language in This Book.” Resources. Glossary. Time line of the Paralympics. Bibliography. Full-color illustrations. 
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School Library Journal

Gr 1–4—There are a lot of positives to describe this book, which shines a light on athletes with disabilities. The Special Olympics has been around for many years, but the sports are ones that were there from its inception; swimming, tennis, cycling, basketball, and figure skating, among them. The games meant a lot to many disabled children and teens and still do today. This book showcases sports that would be classified as extreme sports today. Running hurdles, sprinting, visually-impaired skiing, wheelchair baseball, hockey, and mountain hiking are just a few. In each description, a daily challenge is cited as well as a daily joy which helps readers understand what the athlete must do to play the sport, and the joy that comes from the accomplishment. The artwork is vibrant and full of energy and forward momentum. The rhyming text is the weakest element of the book. It is predictable and pedantic, and a weak link compared to the other elements. The back matter is very strong. It provides a generous time line of the Paralympics and describes each sport fully. VERDICT An eye-opening look at disabled athletes who turn the stigma of disability on its head. Libraries looking to add titles on Special Olympics will find this worth buying.—Joan Kindig

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