The Courage to Compete

Living with Cerebral Palsy and Following My Dreams

by Abbey Curran, Elizabeth Kaye

On Sale: 09/08/2015

The Courage to Compete

Living with Cerebral Palsy and Following My Dreams

by Abbey Curran, Elizabeth Kaye

On Sale: 09/08/2015

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About the Book

A remarkable memoir by Miss Iowa USA Abbey Curran about living with cerebral palsy, competing in Miss USA, and her inspiring work with young women who have disabilities.

Abbey Curran was born with cerebral palsy, but early on she resolved to never let it limit her. Abbey made history when she became the first contestant with a disability to win a major beauty pageant. After earning the title of Miss Iowa, she went on to compete in Miss USA.

Growing up on a hog farm in Illinois, Abbey competed in local pageants despite naysayers who told her not to. After realizing her own dream, she went on to help other disabled girls achieve their goals by starting Miss You Can Do It, a national nonprofit pageant for girls and women with special needs and challenges, which became the subject of an HBO documentary with the same name. This is Abbey’s story. 

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Critical Praise

“The teenager is honest about her struggles, from wearing leg braces to coping with her parents’ divorce. She exudes hope, confidence, determination, and bravery. VERDICT Adolescents will be motivated to pursue their own dreams after reading this stirring title.” - School Library Journal

“Debunking myths about pageant participants, she praises the sisterhood she found and the hope pageants give “[her] girls,” a happy ending to a tale of accomplishment.” - Kirkus Reviews

“Curran’s story will inspire readers to follow their dreams.” - Booklist

“hHr overall message-to try, to dream, to put oneself out there-is an uplifting one that will continue to inspire.” - Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)

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Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780062363916
  • ISBN 10: 0062363913
  • Imprint: HarperCollins
  • On Sale: 09/08/2015
  • Pages: 272
  • List Price:21.99 CAD
  • BISAC1 : YOUNG ADULT NONFICTION / Biography & Autobiography / Women
  • BISAC2 : YOUNG ADULT NONFICTION / Social Topics / Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance
  • BISAC3 : YOUNG ADULT NONFICTION / Health & Daily Living / Physical Impairments

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