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Boys Who Rocked the World: Heroes from King Tut to Bruce Lee

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Meet young men with grand goals in these profiles of forty-six movers and shakers who made their mark before they turned twenty.

This engaging and thought-provoking collection of influential stories provides forty-six illustrated examples of strong, independent male role models, all of whom first impacted the world as teenagers or younger. This updated and expanded edition
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published October 30th 2012 by Aladdin/Beyond Words (first published October 2nd 2012)
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Amanda Roddey
McCann, M.R. (2008). Boys who rocked the world. New York, NY: Aladdin.

Target Audience: Grades 5-8

Boys Who Rocked the World describes the amazing lives of 46 men who have truly changed the world. It briefly snapshots the climb each of these gentlemen had to take in order to achieve their goals. Regardless of their difficulties, people like Stevie Wonder and Nelson Mandela have blessed the world with their talents.
This book is an excellent resource for boys to provide them with role models to l
Jaime Leroy
This book has famous men from the beginning of time to today. Everything from scientists and presidents to recording artists and actors, this book has it all. Each person mentioned has two to six pages discussing their lives and how they went about achieving their dreams. I think it is great for kids to learn about people who followed their drema and I love the little boxes of “How Will You Rock The World?” where kids put how they plan to make a difference. I love the idea of this book and I thi ...more
Jun 12, 2015 Rebecca rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012-releases
ARC received from GoodReads! Thanks, GoodReads.

One of the best facets of this book is that covers a wide breadth of men. I was very pleased to see that men from many different racial/ethnic backgrounds were included. I also enjoyed that they considered many types of accomplishments - from political and scientific to rock and roll stars - as well as professions not typically considered "manly" such as hair stylist and shoe designer. In this way, it will help young readers to expand their notion o
Apr 03, 2015 Marla rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received this book as a Goodreads giveaway. I really enjoyed this book. I never liked history growing up and it might have been partly because my teachers were so boring and made history boring. But I really enjoyed this book. I learned things about these select men I had no clue. It was great to see such a wide variety of men with so many different backgrounds. While reading this book in the car one night, I found myself reading it out loud to my husband. I didn't know Stevie Wonder lost his ...more
Debbie Smith
Sep 03, 2012 Debbie Smith rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow, what a terrific book! As a Junior High teacher it is often difficult to find non-fiction books that are well written and will capture the interest of young teenage readers. This book succeeds in both areas. Even reluctant readers will be willing to read about the lives of these boys/men as each entry is only one or two pages long. I also enjoyed the quick paragraphs about ordinary boys who are not afraid to dream big. A big thank-you to Goodreads for choosing me to receive an ARC copy of th ...more
Harper Fiske
I really like that the beginning of each chapter of the book is told in story form, and not just in a boring, "Bruce Lee was born in China. He was..." You know? I LOVED THIS BOOK.
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Amy Edwards
The strength of this book is that it provides some short biographies of significant figures, such as Nelson Mandela and Bill Gates. Many of the subjects are not, in my view, "heroes" (Vidal Sassoon? Elvis Presley? Tony Hawk?), but we only read the chapter-length biographies that were were interested in for school.
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Aug 07, 2012 Great Books rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This inspiring book features a diverse group of movers and shakers who rocked the world. Young men will be motivated by role models who have proven that you can do whatever you dream if you work hard. (reviewer #5)
Kathy Ellen Davis
This is SUCH an awesome book!
I love all the stories,
and all the side bits of information.

This is nonfiction in a VERY exciting way!
Check this out and read it with boys and girls who rock your world!
Aug 16, 2012 Hildegart rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
There may be a target group for this book, but it can be inspirational for anyone reading it. Look at what these boys did. I especially liked the one about Jesse Owens.
An excellent source of information about the lives of different people who changed the world in their own varied ways.
Jul 31, 2012 Lulu marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
I won this book from the first reads giveaways and I am so excited to read it. Thanks.
A very good book about guys in history that are famous, but forgotten.
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