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BOUNCE: Down is inevitable. Up is a choice.
We are all thrown down during the course of our lifetime. If it happens at a young age, it can seem incredibly unfair. Unfortunately, you and I cannot always control the circumstances of our lives. But we can control how we react. This is the choice no one on the planet can take from you—ever. No matter what happens to you, no matter how long it happens, you alone choose how you will respond. The most successful in life choose to bounce. They understand that falling down is inevitable. Rising up is a choice.
In this celebrated book, Chad Varga takes you on a raw and unforgettable journey from a traumatic childhood ruled by poverty, abuse and an alcoholic, drug-addicted parent to a professional basketball career and beyond. The journey does not end with the story as Chad then leads you back through the specific traits that ultimately allowed him to rise above all the pain and adversity to achieve his dreams.
The message is straightforward and compelling. Your dreams matter. You matter. And no matter how bad or impossible your circumstances are, it’s never too late to rise above them and become the person you’ve dreamed of being. Bounce will show you how
BOUNCE Educator Activity Guide
This acclaimed activity guide gives educators a highly effective turnkey tool to use in conjunction with the Bounce book for engaging students beyond the story and character lessons. Created in collaboration with a brain trust of award-winning educators, the Bounce Educator Activity Guide meets the National Common Core Standards for Reading and Language Arts for Grades 5-8. It literally does the hard work for you, allowing you to focus on giving individualized attention to each student.
BOUNCE Student Journal
This individual journal for middle and high school students accompanies the book Bounce: Down is Inevitable, Up is a Choice. Each journal comes with a free downloadable Pacing Guide (PDF format) that gives teachers instructions for guiding their students step-by-step through their journals, which includes 41 varied assignments that will encourage them to become more reflective while comparing their own experiences to Chad’s and the experiences of others around them. When students have completed their journals, they will have a clear understanding of the challenges before them, the tools they can possess to overcome any challenge, and the path they must take to achieve their dreams.