The first book I'll mention is Iron Heart by Brian Boyle. Brian was 18 when he was in a terrible car accident. His injuries should have killed him. His internal organs were pushed across his body and were all in the wrong places. But, through lots of work and perseverance, he beat all the odds. He not only survived, but he went on to compete in the Iron Man Triathalon. His story is an inspiring tale of hard work and triumph.
The other book that I will mention today is The Boy Who Dared by Susan Campbell Bartoletti. If you've ever wondered if you would have the strength to stand up for what you believe even in the face of death, this book might be for you. This is a fictionalized story of the life of Helmuth Hubener. Helmuth grew up in Hitler's Germany. He saw Hitler rise to power through the message of a 'chicken in every pot.' German families were struggling to make ends meet, and Hitler promised them plenty. But, promises are not always kept and Hitler turned to dictatorship. So, what does a young person do if they don't agree with the dictator? Helmuth's story will make you think about commitment and standing up for what you believe,
I hope that these two books, or others about inspiring people, will start you thinking about what kind of legacy you would like to leave.