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Inspired by the #1 New York Times bestseller She Persisted by Chelsea Clinton and Alexandra Boiger comes a chapter book series about women who stood up, spoke up and rose up against the odds! In this chapter book biography by Rita Williams-Garcia, the award-winning author of One Crazy Summer, readers learn about the amazing life of three-time Olympic gold medalist Florence Inspired by the #1 New York Times bestseller She Persisted by Chelsea Clinton and Alexandra Boiger comes a chapter book series about women who stood up, spoke up and rose up against the odds! In this chapter book biography by Rita Williams-Garcia, the award-winning author of One Crazy Summer, readers learn about the amazing life of three-time Olympic gold medalist Florence Griffith Joyner--and how she persisted. Considered the fastest woman of all time, Florence Griffith Joyner, also known as Flo Jo, set two world records in 1988 that still stand today. But getting there wasn't easy, and Flo Jo had to overcome many challenges along the way. Complete with an introduction from Chelsea Clinton, black-and-white illustrations throughout, and a list of ways that readers can follow in Florence Griffith Joyner's footsteps and make a difference!


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Inspired by the #1 New York Times bestseller She Persisted by Chelsea Clinton and Alexandra Boiger comes a chapter book series about women who stood up, spoke up and rose up against the odds! In this chapter book biography by Rita Williams-Garcia, the award-winning author of One Crazy Summer, readers learn about the amazing life of three-time Olympic gold medalist Florence Inspired by the #1 New York Times bestseller She Persisted by Chelsea Clinton and Alexandra Boiger comes a chapter book series about women who stood up, spoke up and rose up against the odds! In this chapter book biography by Rita Williams-Garcia, the award-winning author of One Crazy Summer, readers learn about the amazing life of three-time Olympic gold medalist Florence Griffith Joyner--and how she persisted. Considered the fastest woman of all time, Florence Griffith Joyner, also known as Flo Jo, set two world records in 1988 that still stand today. But getting there wasn't easy, and Flo Jo had to overcome many challenges along the way. Complete with an introduction from Chelsea Clinton, black-and-white illustrations throughout, and a list of ways that readers can follow in Florence Griffith Joyner's footsteps and make a difference!

37 review for She Persisted: Florence Griffith Joyner

  1. 5 out of 5

    Traci at The Stacks

    Very straightforward book for young people on Flo Jo and her career.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Barbara

    Track star Flo-Jo, who set two world records for speed and won five Olympic medals, three of them gold, did things her way. Readers will relish this engaging biography of the girl who grew up racing jackrabbits and setting her own pace through life. Her formative years and collegiate career contained many challenges, but Florence Griffith Joyner never gave up, training hard and even willingly trying new training techniques to shave seconds off her time in a race. She also loved making her own fa Track star Flo-Jo, who set two world records for speed and won five Olympic medals, three of them gold, did things her way. Readers will relish this engaging biography of the girl who grew up racing jackrabbits and setting her own pace through life. Her formative years and collegiate career contained many challenges, but Florence Griffith Joyner never gave up, training hard and even willingly trying new training techniques to shave seconds off her time in a race. She also loved making her own fashion statement on the track with nifty nail colors and designs as well as track clothing that was stylish and afforded her an avenue of self-expression. The biography contains several quotes from its subject as well as vignettes from various points in her life, making readers feel as though they are spending time with someone who knew her well and appreciated her for all her accomplishments as well as everything she was. The fact that she encouraged youngsters to be better than she was is quite impressive.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Kim

    Thank you Penguin Random House Audio for the complimentary audiobook! As I said when I read my first one of these She Persisted chapter books last month, I know I'm not the intended audience but I still really enjoyed listening to this one. The timing on this one is especially good considering the upcoming Olympics and topics currently in the headlines. Of course, FloJo is a familiar name, but I still learned new information about her while listening to this audio. At a little under 30 minutes, i Thank you Penguin Random House Audio for the complimentary audiobook! As I said when I read my first one of these She Persisted chapter books last month, I know I'm not the intended audience but I still really enjoyed listening to this one. The timing on this one is especially good considering the upcoming Olympics and topics currently in the headlines. Of course, FloJo is a familiar name, but I still learned new information about her while listening to this audio. At a little under 30 minutes, it wasn't hard to fit this audio into my day. I'll keep these books in mind if I need gift ideas for someone more in the target audience. In the meantime, I'm just enjoying some supplemental education and great narration by Janina Edwards.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jenn Adams

    Love this series - this was a good one. I knew the name FloJo, but honestly didn't know any specifics before this book. Didn't shy away from how segregation and racial tensions impacted her early life. As always I appreciate the end matter - how readers can be inspired to persist and a robust reference section. Thanks to Edelweiss and the publisher for this eARC in exchange for my honest review. Love this series - this was a good one. I knew the name FloJo, but honestly didn't know any specifics before this book. Didn't shy away from how segregation and racial tensions impacted her early life. As always I appreciate the end matter - how readers can be inspired to persist and a robust reference section. Thanks to Edelweiss and the publisher for this eARC in exchange for my honest review.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Ashleu

    I adore these series. May they be checked out as often as any book that features a "big head" (If you know, you know.) I adore these series. May they be checked out as often as any book that features a "big head" (If you know, you know.)

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    Wendi (Alex) Werner

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    West Hempstead Public Library Children's Room

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    Emberlee

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    Michelle Boquist

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    Rockville Library

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    Sydney Robertson

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