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Venus and Serena: Serving From The Hip: 10 Rules for Living, Loving, and Winning Paperback – March 22, 2005


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 1010L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers; English Language edition (March 22, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0618576533
  • ISBN-13: 978-0618576531
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.5 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #497,883 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Grade 7 Up–The sisters and tennis players extraordinaire give teens advice on everyday living, showing them how to aim high and reach their goals. The 10 rules for success include building a "dream team" (people who support your goals), doing well in school, learning self-respect, valuing friendships, taking care of yourself emotionally and physically, obtaining financial security, and overcoming setbacks. The final chapter discusses the virtues of volunteerism and charity. A color photo appears on every spread. The two women speak candidly about their personal experiences, revealing the values, attitudes, and regimens that worked for them. Never preachy and always practical, this is a welcome addition to most collections.–Ajoke' T. I. Kokodoko, Oakland Public Library, CA
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From Booklist

Gr. 5-8. Tennis stars Venus and Serena Williams take their lessons from the sport and offer them as advice to readers. In a casual tone, the well-organized book tackles topics such as building your dream, respecting yourself, staying in school, picking the right friends, and taking care of your money. Sometimes point-by-point help is offered (to build your dream, get your parents in your corner; to build your knowledge, be your own fan). With the help of cowriter Hilary Beard, the sisters come across as friendly, capable, and interested in their audience. Readers get a look into the girls' personal lives and their relationships with their families and each other. What makes this book so enticing is its attractive layout: lots of crisp, color photographs and design elements such as starbursts and silhouettes in different colors. Information about how to get involved with charitable organizations completes the package. Ilene Cooper
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Venus and Serena are living proof!
BG
While the target audience is teenage girls, I thoroughly enjoyed reading it, and I'm a middle-aged woman!
Karen E. Quinones Miller
The book is BIG on the importance of self-esteem.
Jenae Richards

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Jenae Richards on April 7, 2005
Format: Paperback
Wow . . . I can't believe the haters who have weighed in on this book! And nothing in their "reviews" indicate they've even read it!

"Venus and Serena . . ." is a well-written but easy read, doling out lifestyle advice and guidance for young girls and giving insight to the motivations behind decisions made by Venus and Serena. It details why their parents decided to pull them out of certain tours (I was surprised and delighted by the explanations), and how those decisions led to other life decisions.

I bought the book for my 17-year-old daughter, but sat down and read the whole thing. Feeling guilty, I ran out and bought another copy for my daughter. <smile> This is a book that I didn't mind buying twice.

I LOVED their advice on dating, and how girls need to love themselves first. The book is BIG on the importance of self-esteem.

I found "Venus and Serena . . ." to be motivational and insightful, and I highly recommend it.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Karen E. Quinones Miller on April 7, 2005
Format: Paperback
I'm not a tennis fan, but you don't have to be to enjoy this book.

While the target audience is teenage girls, I thoroughly enjoyed reading it, and I'm a middle-aged woman!

It's easy to read, full of insight into the lives and motivations of Serena and Venus, and has great advice for teenage girls on dating and other issues important to adolescents. I especially liked their emphasis on the need for self-esteem.

I agree with the reviewer who questioned the so-called reviewers who lambasted the book, since nothing in their "reviews" indicated they've read it!

I think Serena and Venus (and their co-author, Hilary Beard) did a wonderful job, and I encourage anyone with a teenage girl to run out and buy this book.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By K. Jill on April 29, 2005
Format: Paperback
After seeing Venus and Serena on the Oprah show, I decided to get this book and I'm glad I did. The book talks about many of their on-court experiences so if you're a fan of Venus and Serena and have followed their careers since the mid 90's, you'll find out fascinating tidbits about their reactions to incidents on the WTA Tour. I also bought a copy for a friend's 11 yr. old daughter so as you can see this book is a great conversation-starter for parents and their daughters. All-around, well done.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on July 20, 2006
Format: Paperback
This book is the best. It felt so down-to-earth. You feel like you know he williams sisters. I truly disagree with the person who talked about this book being about Jehovah's Witness. They don't encourage reades in any way to become a Jehovahs Witness. This is such a good book, I don't see how anyone could bad-mouth it. I had the good fortune to meet Venus, and I'm not lying i swear, and she is so nice and friendly. She gives off such a good vibe. THIS IS A GREAT BOOK!!!!!!!!!!! BUY IT PLEASE!!!!!!!
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Killian HALL OF FAME on May 4, 2005
Format: Paperback
Hilary Beard is a Philadelphia journalist who you can trust implicitly, she has a great even voice. Her previous book was the life story of enterpreneur Lisa Price, the woman who came back from financial ruin to found CAROL'S DAUGHTER the great herbal essence success story. Lisa got to meet many celebrities, in fact she knew them before they got big, and her cosmetic prescriptions, learned from her mother and Trinidadian family, helped Erykah Badu and Jada Pinkett among others,

Venus and Serena, who have collaborated with Hilary Beard on her new book, were famous when they were still girls, so their trajectory is somewhat different than that of Lisa Price, who struggled for artistic and commercial validation for many years and told the story in the fabulous SUCCESS NEVER SMELLED SO SWEET. Hilary Beard, who lost her father several years back, was drawn to the Williams sisters partly because of the strong guidance each received from their dad, a bittersweet association for Beard that accounts for some of the strongest writing in this book, SERVING FROM THE HIP. An avid tennis player, Beard knows what she's talking about, and she can help the Williams sisters structure a book and add depth to their insights about their own game.

Whether or not you're a Jehovah's Witness, this book has something for everyone, so don't shun the Williams girls just because their faith is a little bit different than yours! That's what America is all about--or it used to be!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By L. Bell on August 2, 2010
Format: Paperback
Ignore Gail's review. She's a hater.

This book is designed for grades 5-8, but I'm a college freshman and have gotten a lot out of it! The Williams sisters are amazing, and so is their advice.

Chapters include advice on...

-The importance of finding a support system for your dreams
-The priceless value of a good education
-Respecting yourself
-Choosing your friends wisely
-Living to please yourself first, and others last
-Waiting on a relationship
-Loving and taking good care of your body
-Money management
-Dealing with setbacks
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-Volunteerism

It's an awesome book. Buy it, and you won't regret it. It's for ALL races. ALL religions. ALL sexs. and ALL beliefs.
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