Adversity Means Nothing in the Face of His Tenacity

Fiction - Inspirational
250 Pages
Reviewed on 09/19/2020
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Author Biography

Vanessa Caraveo is a bestselling and multi-award-winning bilingual author, published poet, illustrator, and artist who has a passion for promoting inclusion for all and helping others discover the power within them to overcome adversity. She is involved with various organizations that assist children and adults with disabilities and enjoys working with non-profit groups and volunteering in the promotion of literacy. Vanessa was awarded the Inspirational Woman of the Year, Community Service Leader of the Year, as well as the Yellow Rose of Texas awards, and aspires to continue making a positive difference in many lives through her service to others and literary work.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Maureen Dangarembizi for Readers' Favorite

Valiance by Vanessa Caraveo is a young adult story that will inspire and educate people of all ages and creeds. Diego Herrera was born deaf and mute and his parents are illegal immigrants from Mexico. All these things mean that life is not easy for Diego from the start. His sister resents him and his father leaves their family without a word. At school, Diego does well but there is always a bully to call him a freak. The only bright spot is his love of soccer. He fell in love with the beautiful game from the first game he watched before his fifth birthday. He wants to play soccer above all else, just like the professional German soccer player who is like him. But it won't be easy.

As the subtitle says Adversity Means Nothing in the Face of His Tenacity, Diego had true grit. I felt his love of soccer and the real pressure on him every time he reached a stumbling block. He didn’t give up, he kept on going even when it seemed there was no way through. Valiance is a heartwarming tale that opened my eyes to the struggles of being deaf and mute. This is the kind of book that will teach children to be compassionate and to never give up on a dream. Life truly favors the bold. I also sympathized to a small extent with his father and sister. Parents should be balanced in their love of their children despite their special needs to avoid petty jealousy. I was disappointed when Diego’s father ran away but was happy that he acknowledged his mistake in the end. A must-read for teens and adults.