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Stories for Boys Who Dare to be Different 2

True Tales of Amazing Boys Who Changed the World Without Killing Dragons

by Ben Brooks

Hardback Publication Date: 02/04/2018

5/5 Rating 2 Reviews
RRP  $35.00 $28.25

A beautiful and inspiring collection of stories about boys who changed the world without killing a single dragon or saving a single princess.

Daniel Radcliffe, Galileo Galilei, Nelson Mandela, Louis Armstrong, Grayson Perry, Louis Braille, Lionel Messi, King George VI, Jamie Oliver... all dared to be different.

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 Dali, 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.

A beautiful and transporting book packed with stories of adventure and wonderment, it will appeal to those who need the courage to reject peer pressure and go against the grain. It is the must-have book for all those boys who worry about stuff and all those parents who worry about their boys who worry about stuff. It will educate and entertain, while also encourage and inspire.  

'This book can save lives. This book can change lives. This book can help to bring forth another generation of boys who dare to be different.' Benjamin Zephaniah

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Ben Brooks

Ben Brooks was born in 1992 and lives in Berlin.

He is the author several books, including Grow Up and Lolito, which won the Somerset Maugham Award in 2015.

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  • Perfect gift

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    I bought this book for my 12 year old nephew who immediately started reading some of the stories and then following up what he had read on the internet. He immediately engaged with the fact that these men were once 12 year old boys like him and it really triggered his imagination! An excellent book for a boy (or girl) of this age who has started wondering about what they will be, and do, when they are older!

  • Reviewed by Olivia at Angus & Robertson

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    This is a heartfelt and timely addition to the wave of kids books featuring inspiring figures throughout history - except this time, the role models are for boys. If you know any little boys who loved the Rebel Girls series and wished they had one about inspirational men, this is the one for them - and there's lots in here that little girls will love to read about too!

    From Sir David Attenborough to Salvador Dali, Stories for Boys who Dare to be Different is packed full of incredible male role models who broke the mould of what it means to be a boy and achieved amazing things. This book will show your boys that kindness, compassion and courage are all important when it comes to being the best boy (and man) they can be. If you’re looking for alternative bedtime stories that will resonate with your wide-eyed young ones, you’re sure to find one in Stories for Boys who Dare to be Different.