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BOYS WHO ROCKED THE WORLD by Michelle Roehm McCann


Heroes from King Tut to Shaun White

by Michelle Roehm McCann

Pub Date: Oct. 30th, 2012
ISBN: 978-1-58270-362-6
Publisher: Beyond Words/Simon Pulse/Simon & Schuster

An engaging collection of profiles of young men who achieved great success, a companion to Girls Who Rocked the World, which publishes simultaneously.

What do King Tut, Mozart, Crazy Horse, Elvis Presley, Stan Lee, Will Smith and Mark Zuckerberg have in common? They all made their marks on the world before the age of 20. In an appealing, conversational style, McCann presents minibiographies (four to seven pages each) of boys from all over the world, from ancient to contemporary, who prove that youth need not be a barrier to “rocking the world.” There is good balance between the well-known, such as Albert Einstein, Tony Hawk, Bruce Lee and Nelson Mandela, and the more obscure, such as Okita Soji (a 19th-century Japanese swordsman), Chico Mendes (a Brazilian environmental activist), Hrithik Roshan (a Bollywood actor) and Mau Piailug (an explorer from Micronesia). Intertwined with the profiles are comments from teenage boys expressing what they intend to do to rock the world.

This collective biography offers readers great examples of how dreams can be realized through dedication and hard work.

(bibliography, websites, endnotes) (Nonfiction. 11 & up)