By William L. Simon
By William L. Simon
By Abbas Kazerooni
He is overseas, he's by myself, and he's only a boy...Abbas Kazerooni isn't really but ten, yet he’s all of sudden pressured to depart his mom and dad, his friends—his complete world—and flee Tehran. The Iran-Iraq battle is at its bloodiest, and the Ayatollahs who rule Iran have lowered the recruitment age for the military. If Abbas doesn’t break out, it’s nearly yes that he'll be drafted and die combating for a regime that has stripped his relations of all they have.
On his personal within the unusual, usually scary urban of Istanbul, Abbas grows up fast—with little greater than his wits to lead him. He needs to overcome tricky issues: find out how to survive his personal, how one can navigate a international urban and tradition while he doesn’t converse the language, and, most significantly, the way to pass judgement on who's a pal and who's an enemy. dealing with the unforeseen in addition to the standard demanding situations of lifestyles on his personal, Abbas walks a tightrope of survival—yearning to delight the hard father he has left in the back of, but relishing his new came across independence.
His quickly pondering, entrepreneurial spirit, and the kindness of strangers permit him to make the simplest of his dire state of affairs in miraculous methods. Does he have what it takes not to simply live on opposed to those tough odds yet in achieving his mom and dad’ final dream for him: a visa to England, and the security it represents?
This compelling precise tale of 1 younger boy’s braveness offers a robust child’s-eye view of struggle, political tumult, and survival.
By Lynne Reid Banks
From the exchange Paperback edition.
Aubrey Rozzell is aware approximately hardship.
The baby of sharecroppers, Rozzell grew up in poverty within the Mississippi Delta. however the love of relatives and God’s grace made for a wealthy life.
Rozzell escaped from plowing with mules at the again 40 to discover luck in university activities. He made it to seasoned soccer yet suffered a career-ending operation many years later. That wouldn’t continue him down.
Rozzell, who later went directly to trainer the game he enjoyed, now dedicates his existence to his legal ministries and serves as a job version to distressed teens. He stocks how he went from enjoying seasoned soccer to training the game—and how he endured during the hardships of his youth.
Days reducing cotton whereas eating merely on corn bread and buttermilk taught him approximately survival. It taught him to dream—and to maintain dreaming it doesn't matter what stood in his way.
The first participant from Delta nation college to play specialist soccer, Rozzell’s reports at the gridiron are an proposal. and during all of it, his determination—the one crucial ability to persevere in life—has continuously shined via, lights the best way for others.
By Sugar Ray Leonard
Sugar Ray Leonard's brutally sincere and uplifting memoir unearths in intimate element for the 1st time the advanced guy in the back of the boxer. The Olympic hero, multichampionship winner, and liked athlete waged his personal own conflict with melancholy, rage, habit, and greed.
Coming from a tumultuous, impoverished loved ones and a deadly local at the outskirts of Washington, D.C., within the Nineteen Seventies, Sugar Ray Leonard rose speedily and assuredly during the ranks of beginner boxing-and ultimately went directly to win a gold medal within the 1976 Olympics. With a really ailing father and no endorsement offers, Leonard made up our minds to head professional.
The sizeable Fight takes readers behind the curtain of a notoriously corrupt game and chronicles the evolution of a champion, as Leonard prepares for the best fights of his life-against Marvin Hagler, Roberto Duran, Tommy Hearns, and Wilfred Benitez. whilst Leonard fearlessly unearths his personal contradictions and compulsions, his infidelity, and alcohol and cocaine abuse.
With honesty, humor, and hard-won point of view, Leonard involves phrases with either triumph and struggle-and offers a gripping portrait of outstanding power, braveness, and resilience, either out and in of the ring.
By Ric Birch