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Summary: Sue Bird is a remarkably talented basketball player. She is a fierce competitor and a winner. Sue appreciates the talent she has been given, the opportunities she has had to use her talent, and accepted the obligation she has to be a responsible role model. Sue has experienced setbacks and challenges in her professional and personal life and successfully overcome them with the help of her family, friends, teammates, and coaches. This is a biography written for teens.
Type of Reading: independent reading
Recommended Age: read together: 8 to 13; read yourself: 10 to 12
Interest Level: 8 to 12
Young Reader Reaction: pending
Adult Reader Reaction: Sue Bird is a talented young woman and a wholesome role model for young girls. This book,part of a series of motivational biographies of professional athletes, hits its mark. Her message “always be yourself” is authentic and sincere and one with which all readers will resonate.
Pros: This is a motivational biography that focuses on all phases of life and growing up, not just sports. Sue Bird is an excellent role model for all young girls.
Borrow or Buy: Buy. All readers will enjoy this, but it is more likely to have personal value for for middle/junior high school girls who are active in athletics.
Educational Themes: Professional athletes are real people with real life opportunities and challenges. One of the important aspects of being an athlete is to be a positive role model for young fans and athletes. Sue Bird’s advice, “always be yourself”, is a positive approach to life for everyone.
Literary Categories: Nonfiction - biography, sports, basketball, picture book series