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Emmanuel's Dream: The True Story of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah

Last updated Friday, January 12, 2018

Author: Laurie Ann Thompson
Illustrator: Sean Qualls
Date of Publication: 2015
ISBN: 044981744X
Grade Level: 2nd    (GLCs: Click here for grade level guidelines.)
Date(s) Used: Feb. 2018

Synopsis: Born in Ghana, West Africa, with one deformed leg, he was dismissed by most peopleóbut not by his mother, who taught him to reach for his dreams. As a boy, Emmanuel hopped to school more than two miles each way, learned to play soccer, left home at age thirteen to provide for his family, and, eventually, became a cyclist. He rode an astonishing four hundred miles across Ghana in 2001, spreading his powerful message: disability is not inability. Today, Emmanuel continues to work on behalf of the disabled. Thompson's lyrical prose and Qualls's bold collage illustrations offer a powerful celebration of triumphing over adversity.

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