Proud: Living My American Dream: Young Readers Edition

by Ibtihaj Muhammad with Lori L. Tharps

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As the only woman of color and the only religious minority on Team USA’s saber fencing squad, Ibtihaj Muhammad had to chart her own path to success—and Olympic glory.

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Inspiring Memoir of Faith and Perseverance, Real-Life Photos, Motivational Advice from the Author, Heartfelt Award-Winner

Topics and Themes:
Muslim Americans, Fencing, Olympics, Coming of Age, Faith, Family, Hard Work

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At the 2016 Olympic Games, Ibtihaj Muhammad smashed barriers as the first American to compete wearing hijab, and she made history as the first Muslim American woman to win a medal. But before she was an Olympian, activist, and entrepreneur, Ibtihaj was a young outsider trying to find her place.

Growing up in suburban New Jersey, Ibtihaj was often the only African American Muslim student in her class. When she discovered and fell in love with fencing, a sport most popular with affluent young white people, she stood out even more. Rivals and teammates often pointed out Ibtihaj’s differences, telling her she would never succeed. Yet she powered on, rising above bigotry and other obstacles on the path to pursue her dream.

Ibtihaj’s inspiring journey from humble beginnings to the international stage is told in her own words and enhanced with helpful advice and never-before-published photographs. Proud is an all-American tale of faith, family, hard work, and self-reliance.
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Product Details

    • Grades: 6 - 12
    • Ages: 11 - and up
  • Product Type: Book
  • Page Count: 304 pages
  • Dimensions: 5 1/4" x 7 5/8" x 1"
  • Language: English
  • ISBN 13: 978-0-316-53818-3