Billerica Public Library

Stories for boys who dare to be different, true tales of amazing boys who changed the world without killing dragons, Ben Brooks ; illustrated by Quinton Winter - hardcover

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
Table Of Contents
Patch Adams -- Eddie Aikau -- Dr. Naif Al-Mutawa -- Mohed Altrad -- Roald Amundsen -- Daniel Anthony -- Louis Armstrong -- David Attenborough -- Baldwin IV -- Louis Braille -- Eugene Cernan -- Favio Chávez -- Confucius -- Frederick Douglass -- Jesse Eisenberg -- Jaime Escalante -- The Four Chaplains -- Charles Fourier -- Galileo Galilei -- Mahatma Gandhi -- Bill Gates -- Siddhartha Gautama -- Rick Genest -- King George VI -- John Green -- Alan L. Hart -- Achmat Hassiem -- Stephen Hawking -- Jim Henson -- Ryan Jreljac -- Steve Irwin -- Chief Joseph -- William Kamkwamba -- John Lennon -- Carl Linnaeus -- Nelson Mandela -- William Moulton Marston -- Iqbal Masih -- Don McPherson -- Chrstian McPhilamy -- Lionel Messi -- Harvey Milk -- Caine Monroy -- Jorge Muñoz -- Trevor Noah -- Tenzing Norgay -- Ric O'Barry -- Barack Obama -- Frank Ocean -- Christopher Paolini -- Sergei Polunin -- Daniel Radcliffe -- Ghyslain Raza -- Hans Scholl -- Percy Shelley -- Boyan Slat -- Vedran Smailović -- Steven Spielberg -- Jeffree Star -- Chesley Sullenberger -- Swampy -- Daniel Tammet -- Tank Man -- Alan Turing -- John Tyndall -- Uyaquq -- Rick van Beek -- Ludwig van Beethoven -- Vincent Van Gogh -- Nick Vujicic -- Taika Waititi -- Ai Weiwei -- Oscar Wilde -- Nicholas Winton -- Ken Yeang -- Benjamin Zephaniah
Literary Form
non fiction
First U.S. edition.
Originally published in Great Britain in 2018 by Quercus Editions Ltd., a Hachette UK Company
Physical Description
159 pages, color illustrations, 26 cm.

Library Locations

  • Billerica Public Library

    15 Concord Road, Billerica, MA, 01821, US