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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Prometheus Books (November 22, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1616144858
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616144852
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.9 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #49,346 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The writing style is warm and easy to read. The content is just enough without being too much. The information provided is interesting and thought-provoking. It is in short just an all-around great read."

"What a fabulous book!" -- Lori M for Readers Favorite


"I strongly recommend "They Stood Alone!" to readers ages 9 and up. Sandra McLeod Humphrey has done a great job of presenting the inspiring stories of the lives of 25 remarkable people in a way that appeals to readers of all ages  Reading this book made me think of ways that I could help other people. " Reader Views

"Seldom, if ever, do kids have a vision without a role model. Sandra McLeod Humphrey’s book They Stood Alone! provides kids everywhere with extraordinary people who had beliefs and convictions and stood by them to make an enormous difference. These stories will galvanize youngsters to action!"
-GENE BEDLEY, 1986 National Educator of the Year

"This is a book of hope . . . that is driven by intrinsic motivation, a desire to give rather than take from the world, and a deep belief in the difference that one person can make when an ability, an idea, or a goal is taken to its highest level."
-DONALD DRAAYER, PHD, former superintendent of Minnetonka Schools, 24 years, and 1990 National Superintendent of the Year

"They Stood Alone! is a book all young people should read. It contains the stories of real-life heroes and heroines who showed the courage and inspiration to truly make a difference in the world. The twenty-five men and women featured in this book are an eclectic group ranging from scientists and explorers to civil rights activists and authors. Their dedication and commitment encourage all of us to strive to do our best and to live a meaningful life."
-PHILIP BIGLER, 1998 National Teacher of the Year

"Powerful and significant. A must-read for all."
-TERRY HITCHCOCK, motivational speaker, author, and consultant

"I highly recommend this inspiring book. It should be in the hands of every parent, teacher, and child advocate who cares about our children’s moral futures!"
-MICHELE BORBA, EDD, author of The Big Book of Parenting Solutions and Building Moral Intelligence: The Seven Essential Virtues That Teach Kids to Do the Right Thing

About the Author

Sandra McLeod Humphrey (1936-2012) a former clinical psychologist, was a writer and a consultant for the Heroes & Dreams Foundation, which provides character education materials to grades K–8 throughout North America. She was the author of three highly praised books called Hot Issues, Cool Choices; If You Had to Choose, What Would You Do? and Dare to Dream! as well as many other books focused on moral education for children.

More About the Author

Sandra McLeod Humphrey is a retired clinical psychologist, a character education consultant, and an award-winning author of eight middle-grade and young adult books. She's also the recipient of the National Character Education Center's Award for Exemplary Leadership in Ethics Education (2000) and the 2005 Helen Keating Ott Award for Outstanding Contribution to Children's Literature. You can learn more about her books by visiting her Web site at www.kidscandoit.com and her blog at www.kidscandoit.com/blog/





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I highly recommend this book for your reading enjoyment.
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Always looking for an inspiring book, I was excited when I had the chance to review "They Stood Alone- 25 Men and Women Who Made a Difference".
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This book shows our kids that they can make a difference -- just as these past visionaries have done.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 25, 2011
Format: Paperback
Hats off to Sandra McLeod Humphrey for synthesizing the lives of famous people in a book that can be enjoyed and stimulate the minds of her intended audience of 9 to 12 year olds. In her introduction she states the reasons for her choices of role models: 'They were people of vision who saw life form a different or a new perspective; they were pioneers of a sort who were willing to question the conventional wisdom of their time; they had the courage to step out away from the crowd and take a risk; they believed in themselves and pursued their dreams i spite of societal opposition; and their revolutionary breakthroughs changed their world and ours.'

What follows is a series of minibiographies of 25 men and women who fill the qualifications Humphrey has established. Each biography begins with a photograph (or other image) of the person, a quote form them, and then the information begins with 'Imagine this:' and what follows is a brief setting of the background of the person presented and a superb brief description of the discovery or change that person made for the world. All of this is offered in a very readable and erudite manner, fit not only for younger readers but for any reader at all!

The people she discusses are Christopher Columbus, Leonardo da Vinci, Nicolaus Copernicus, Galileo Galilei, Isaac Newton, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Henry David Thoreau, Harriet Tubman, Clara Barton, Elizabeth Blackwell, Nikola Testa, Booker T. Washington, Marie Curie, Mahatma Gandhi, Orville Wright, Albert Einstein, Amelia Earhart, Margaret Mead, Marian Anderson, Margaret Bourke-White, Rachel Carson, Mother Teresa, Rosa Parks, Jackie Robinson, and Neil Armstrong.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By TJ Ludwig on November 5, 2011
Format: Paperback
There is a reason why Ms. Sandra McLeod Humphrey is one of my favorite children's authors: She focuses her writings about real people who have faced and overcome great obstacles and challenges in life to make amazing positive differences in the lives of others. Her latest book, They Stood Alone! 25 Men and Women Who Made a Difference, I'm happy to report, continues in that mode. It highlights the lives, challenges, and achievements of men and women in history who have pushed themselves to do great things, even when the masses have spurned them for their knowledge, beliefs, and causes. I love this book because it is a welcome and refreshing reminder of the kinds of role models we adults want our kids to have, rather than the Snookies, Paris Hiltons, Kanye Wests, and Lindsay Lohans of the world. They Stood Alone casts light on REAL people who have worked hard for the betterment of mankind.

Ms. Humphrey has done a great job profiling the life, challenges, and achievements of each notable person highlighted in her book. I have so very much enjoyed learning more about people who had the courage to step away from the crowd and take a risk by questioning the conventional wisdom of their time. I highly recommend this book. It is a must-have resource for every library, school,and home!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By rhonda on December 11, 2011
Format: Paperback
I found this book to be simple and easy to use. It tells about 25 men, and women who made a difference.
I needed to read this. So many facts and information I had forgotten and some people just know the names and others nothing. I was especially bad about the women.
Harriet Tubman all I knew was a slave escaped. I had no idea that she went back to rescue other slaves 19 times and led over 300 slaves to freedom.
Clara Barton I just new she was a nurse. She fought for the right to go to the battlefields and treat soldiers their and saved many lifes. She started American Red Cross. Taught school and helped women to get voting rites.
I enjoyed reading these short biographies about what these 25 people did when everyone said they were wrong they continued on and made life for me a lot better.
I was given this book in exchange of honest review.
Published 2011 by Prometheus Books ISBN 978-1-61614-485-2
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Lerrgoo on June 27, 2012
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I won an autographed copy from Library Thing and I loved this book. It was about 25 of the most influential people of the world. A small book, but packed with a lot of information. There was a lot of information that I did not know and I learned a lot from this book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mymcbooks on February 25, 2012
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My Review: Author Sandra Humphrey introduces us to 25 extraordinary men and women who broke with tradition to explore new ideas and challenge accepted truths.

It's so great to read about how these men and women from Christopher Columbus who prevailed over all obstacles and distraction and was able to spread European civilization across a significant portion of the earth to the Queen of the Underground Railroad Harriet Tubman who became an abolitionist, a humanitarian and a Union spy. They all made unique contributions that not only change but shaped the course of history.

Read about Leonardo da Vinci, Nicolaus Copernicus, Galileo Galilei, Isaac Newton, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Henry David Thoreau, Clara Barton, Elizabeth Blackwell, Nikola Testa, Booker T. Washington, Marie Curie, Mahatma Gandhi, Orville Wright, Albert Einstein, Amelia Earhart, Margaret Mead, Marian Anderson, Margaret Bourke-White, Rachel Carson, Mother Teresa, Rosa Parks, Jackie Robinson, and Neil Armstrong.

This book will inspire men and women, boys and girls to have their own dreams and to always follow their heart till they attain their dream and make a different. The layout and writing is simple and easy to read. I highly recommend this book for adults and children and for classroom teaching.

Disclaimer: As per FTC guidelines, I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest review. I received no monetary compensation. All opinions expressed here are mine and mine alone.
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