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Stories for Boys Who Dare to Be Different

Narrated by: Joshua Higgott, Thomas Judd
Length: 2 hrs and 58 mins
Categories: Kids, Ages 8-10
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Winner of the Specsavers Children's Book of the Year 2018.  

Daniel Radcliffe, Galileo Galilei, Nelson Mandela, Louis Armstrong, Grayson Perry, Louis Braille, Lionel Messi, King George VI, Jamie Oliver... All dared to be different.

Prince charming, dragon slayer, mischievous prankster... More often than not, these are the role models boys encounter in the books they read at home and at school. As a boy, there is an assumption that you will conform to a stereotypical idea of masculinity.

But what if you're the introvert kind? What if you prefer to pick up a book rather than a sword? What if you want to cry when you're feeling sad or angry? What if you like the idea of wearing a dress?

There is an ongoing crisis with regards to young men and mental health, with unhelpful gender stereotypes contributing to this malaise. Stories for Boys Who Dare to Be Different offers a welcome alternative narrative. It is an extraordinary compilation of 100 stories of famous and not-so-famous men from the past to the present day, every single one of them a rule breaker and innovator in his own way, and all going on to achieve amazing things. Entries include Frank Ocean, Salvador Dalí, Rimbaud, Beethoven, Barack Obama, Stormzy, Ai Weiwei and Jesse Owens - different sorts of heroes from all walks of life and from all over the world.

A beautiful and transporting audiobook packed with stories of adventure and wonderment, it will appeal to those who need the courage to reject peer pressure and go against the grain. It is the must-have book for all those boys who worry about stuff and all those parents who worry about their boys who worry about stuff. It will educate and entertain while also encouraging and inspiring.

©2018 Ben Brooks, Quinton Winter (P)2018 Quercus Editions Limited

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"This book can save lives. This book can change lives. This book can help to bring forth another generation of boys who dare to be different." (Benjamin Zephaniah)

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Learn something new about peaceful men past and present. Short school appropriate biographies about men from all walks of life. Read this book, better yet, teach this book!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-17-19

Not original, can't think outside box

I haven't finish the book, I just couldn't continue with grossly simplified successful stories of famous guys. I don't want children to believe that life is that simple, to be good you don't have to be successful and prove everyone wrong, it is as unhelpful and unhealthy as claiming that all boys should be strong and detached from their emotions. Highly unoriginal attempt to be original...

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  • Ruth
  • 05-25-19

Inspirational

Grant book full of inspirational stories, I need to get the girls book for my daughter.

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  • Duwayzei Aizorgu
  • 03-21-19

Controversial!

I do not agree with his every definition especially when it comes to sex. The book is inspirational though!

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  • Amit B.
  • 02-25-19

This is a great book!!!!!😀😀👌

I think it’s a very good book as it basically has nearly everything an audible book needs.I also love the way it was written and read (there is 💯 different 1-2 minute stories).You should
listen to the book if you ❤️ history.