They Stood Alone!

25 Men and Women Who Made a Difference

Young Adult - General
176 Pages
Reviewed on 11/06/2011
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Author Biography

Sandra McLeod Humphrey is a retired clinical psychologist, a character education consultant, and an award-winning author of eight middle-grade and young adult books. She’s also the recipient of the National Character Education Center’s Award for Exemplary Leadership in Ethics Education (2000) and the 2005 Helen Keating Ott Award for Outstanding Contribution to Children's Literature. You can learn more about her books by visiting her Web site at and her blog at

    Book Review

Reviewed by Lori M for Readers' Favorite

What a fabulous book! In "They Stood Alone: 25 Men and Women Who Made A Difference," author Sandra McLeod Humphrey presents people who started out ordinary but accomplished extraordinary things. She explains in the beginning that she chose these particular men and women based on select criteria such as having courage to step up away from popular belief, having the confidence to believe in themselves, having the vision to see things from a different perspective, and for providing breakthroughs that changed our world.

Included among the 25 men and women who made a difference are some names you'll recognize like Rosa Parks, Mother Teresa, and Christopher Columbus, and perhaps some that you won't, like Nikola Tesla, Marian Anderson, and Rachel Carson.

This book was delightful. It presented each man or woman, included an image of them, explained why they were bold and courageous, and provided facts, figures and information about each. Oh how I wish that this book had existed when I was in Middle School social studies class! The writing style is warm and easy to read. The content is just enough without being too much. The information provided is interesting and thought-provoking. It in in short just an all-around great read.

Even as a middle-aged adult, I learned so much about some of our ancestors who sacrificed much and were bold enough to pursue their dreams. I think that I might look for some biographies for some of these people for additional reading.