Standing Tall

Standing Tall

My Journey

Book - 2012
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Spencer West is many things. Accomplished speaker. University graduate. Natural prankster. Former cheerleader. And a young man without legs--something that has never held him back. Spencer was born without the use of his legs. When he was five, doctors decided to amputate below his pelvis to better help him get around. It didn't bother him; he was Superman and nothing would ever get in his way. Or so he thought. Navigating through life on his hands, Spencer has always lived with purpose. But he wanted more out of life than just a paycheque and material possessions. He wanted to make an impact but wasn't always sure how. That was until he had the epiphany: He was different for a reason. Infused with humour and humility, Spencer has never lost the hope or courage he needed to tackle personal obstacles--bullying, isolation, failure, or pride. His secret? Always standing tall.
Publisher: Toronto : Me to We, 2012, c2011.
ISBN: 9781553659518
Branch Call Number: 362. 43092 WES W
Characteristics: 215 p., [12] p. of plates : col. ill., col. ports.
Additional Contributors: McClelland, Susan


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MrsJohal Mar 30, 2015

I HIGHLY recommend this book! It really puts things into perspective. Everyone has their own challenges and the amazing thing is that Spencer is the first to downplay his and support others. He is a great human with a story that inspires. Well worth the read.

Nov 03, 2013

a very inspirational read

Mar 25, 2012

He came to my school! It was an amazing experience!

Mar 25, 2012

Spencer West was born with a congenital defect that caused the muscles in his legs to not work properly. Doctors recommended amputation just above the knew, in hopes he would learn to walk with prosthetics, but when it became clear that Spencer could get around on his hands far better than on artificial legs, the decision was made to amputate just below the hips. These same doctors told Spencer's parents that their son would never sit-up, never be a contributing member of society.

Spencer would go one to prove them all wrong, learning to sit up, walk on his hands, become a cheerleader, went to University and is now a motivational speaker for Me to We. He will be even climbing Mount Kilimanjaro this year.

Standing tall tells Spencer's story, and while the writing is sometimes a little choppy, the facts of the story ring so true that you can't put it down. Spencer is honest about his struggles, both physical and mental. He is also honest that he himself did not always make the best decisions.

This is a great book for everyone to read, especially when you need a kick in the but to change your life. Teachers and children's librarians, this would be a great title to add to your collection.

Feb 11, 2012

OMG! I have this for hold and i'm going to go get it but i read a preview of it and I'm sooo EXCITED TO READ IT!! YEEE~~~I personally think its a MUST READ!

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