Beating the Odds: A Teen Guide to 75 Superstars Who Overcame Adversity, 1st Edition

  • Mary Ellen Snodgrass
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  • ISBN-10: 0313345651
  • ISBN-13: 9780313345654
  • Grade Level Range: College Freshman - College Senior
  • 347 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2008 | Published/Released June 2009
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2008

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Profiles the struggles and accomplishments of individuals from all walks of life who have overcome great odds in order to achieve their dreams.


"Teachers and students can use entries as extensions or starting points as they explore the concepts of personal adversity, struggle and triumph. Highly recommended for high school and public libraries." --Doug's Student Reference Room, January 2009

— Doug's Student Reference Room

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
1: Accident: Stephen King.
2: Adultery: Hillary Clinton.
3: Ageism: Maya Lin.
4: Agoraphobia: Paula Deen.
5: Aids: Greg Louganis.
6: Anorexia and Bulimia: Gelsey Kirkland.
7: Asthma: Jackie Joyner-Kersee.
8: Bariatric Surgery: Roseanne Barr.
9: Bipolarity: Kaye Gibbons.
10: Biracialism: Sandra Cisneros.
11: Birth Defect: Jim Abbott.
12: Brain, Lung, and Testicular Cancer: Lance Armstrong.
13: Capture: Jessica Lynch.
14: Career Dissatisfaction: Sean Covey.
15: Cerebral Aneurysm: Patricia Neal.
16: Child Abuse: David James Pelzer.
17: Civil War: John Bul Dau.
18: Congenital Glaucoma: José Feliciano.
19: Custody Battle: Elián González.
20: Deafness: Lou Ferrigno.
21: Death of a Brother: Daniel Berrigan.
22: Death Threat: Salman Rushdie.
23: Dyslexia: Henry Winkler.
24: Family Secrets: Joseph Bruchac.
25: FBI Most Wanted List: Angela Davis.
26: Foreign Birth: Katherine Wolmendorf Paterson.
27: Foster Care: Ben Nighthorse Campbell.
28: Gangs: Luis J. Rodriguez.
29: Gender Misidentification: Jamie Koufman.
30: Genetic Defect: Lorenzo Odone.
31: Ghetto Upbringing: Colin Powell.
32: Grief: Mitch Albom.
33: Heart Disease: Martin Sheen.
34: Hillbilly Background: Barbara Kingsolver.
35: Hiv: Magic Johnson.
36: Holocaust: Elie Wiesel.
37: Hydrocephalus: Sherman Joseph Alexie.
38: Identity Crisis: Jamaica Kincaid.
39: Illegitimacy: Esmeralda Santiago.
40: Imprisonment: Martha Stewart.
41: Integration: Melba Pattillo Beals.
42: Japanese Internment: Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston.
43: Loss: Caroline Kennedy.
44: Low School Achievement: Ben Carson.
45: Lyme Disease: Amy Tan.
46: McCarthyism: Pete Seeger.
47: Militarism: Pat Conroy.
48: Myasthenia Gravis: Wilma Mankiller.
49: Nazism: Johanna Reiss.
50: Paraplegia: Ron Kovic.
51: Parkinson's Disease: Michael J. Fox.
52: Police Brutality: Dolores Huerta.
53: Polio: Dianne O'dell.
54: Political Asylum: Khaled Hosseini.
55: Preeclampsia: Jane Seymour.
56: Public Ridicule: Jane Fonda.
57: Racist Parent: Toni Morrison.
58: Rape: Oprah Winfrey.
59: Religious Fanaticism: Betty Mahmoody.
60: Residue of Slavery: Ernest Gaines.
61: Rheumatoid Arthritis: Kathleen Turner.
62: Sexism: Shannon Faulkner.
63: Sexual Harassment: Anita Hill.
64: Speech Defect: Walter Dean Myers.
65: Spousal Abuse: Francine Moran Hughes.
66: Stalking: Jodie Foster.
67: Suicide of a Spouse: Louise Erdrich.
68: Survivor Guilt: Jon Krakauer.
69: Third World Poverty: Muhammad Yunus.
70: Tyranny: Julia Álvarez.
71: Urban Violence: Piri Thomas.
72: Usurpation: Leslie Marmon Silko.
73: Wartime Displacement: Yoko Kawashima Watkins.
74: Whistle-Blowing: Paula Coughlin.
75: Widowhood: Lisa Halaby.
General Bibliography.
About the Author.