Unsinkable: From Russian Orphan to Paralympic Swimming World Champion
Jessica Long was born in Russia and was an orphan with malformed legs. She was adopted by an American family. Once in America, doctors said the best thing for her malformed legs was amputation below the knee so she could eventually walk with prosthetics. Just because Jessica is missing her lower legs doesn’t mean she can’t do amazing things. Jessica is determined and always knew that she could do what everyone else was doing. Jessica learned that she could swim fast. She is now a paralympian swimmer who has won 23 paralympic medals, including 13 gold. This book is written as an autobiography, where Jessica shares the most memorable moments in her life. She talks about being adopted, learning to walk with prosthetics, learning about the paralympics, meeting other athletes like her, and meeting her birth family in Russia. Jessica shares what it is like to become a professional athlete, the good and the bad. I absolutely loved reading Unsinkable. All nineteen chapters were amazing, but my favorites were when she won her first gold medal and when she returned to Russia to meet her birth family. I am also a homeschooler and swimmer and loved reading about Jessica’s experience. I love reading books about real women in history, and I think that it was great to learn about Jessica Long. I love all the real photographs throughout this book. I could read Unsinkable over and over again.
|Page Count||112 pages|
|Publisher||HMH Books for Young Readers|
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