Synopses & Reviews
From the incredibly impressive and inspiring teenager who unified the fundraising efforts of children across the USA, reporting more than $10 million (yes, MILLION) for the survivors of Hurricane Katrina at the age of ten, comes the ultimate, and most unexpected, guide for everyone who dreams of making a difference.
Talia Leman’s heroic efforts on behalf of the survivors of Hurricane Katrina ranked in the top five of the relief fundraisers, including major international organizations. After completing that incredible project, she continued with something even bigger: orchestrating and leveraging the philanthropic efforts of millions of children from twenty countries to bring aid to four continents, so far. And she did all of this before turning sixteen. Now this dynamo, who has made appearances on the Today show, NBC Nightly News and CNN’s American Morning, offers the sort of inspirational guide that only she could write.
Poised, smart, charming, and always positive, Talia has brought young people together to focus their energy and passion to such projects as providing clean, safe water sources in the developing world, supplying corrective braces to children with clubfoot across the planet, and funding green solutions in schools throughout the United States. Writing with infectious enthusiasm, humor, and resoluteness, she shares her secrets to success—as well as her catchy maxims, like: Use Your Inexperience Shamelessly, Sideways is a Better Way to Go Forward, and Too Many Cooks is the Right Number. Talia proves that any one has what it takes to do exactly what she did—kids and adults alike. A random book about the power of anyone is set to electrify a generation of achievers.
"Eager to help Hurricane Katrina survivors, Iowa teen Leman harnessed the power of children and turned a Halloween-themed fund-raiser into one of the country's most successful relief campaigns, netting over million. But she didn't stop there, as she demonstrates with this autobiography and how-to guide, turning her philanthropic efforts into the worldwide charitable organization RandomKid. Buoyed by her younger brother, Zander who, unfazed by a developmental disorder, can turn theoretical ideas into funny sound bytes Leman encourages kids to focus on their own strengths and understand that a project's success isn't measured in dollars and cents but in the concrete impact you have on people's lives. She also debunks the myth that charity must be selfless: 'the best charity comes when the person doing it finds their own personal win on some level.' To Leman, 'success only happens when you can flip the newspaper headline,' so that 'Kids Raise Money for Katrina Survivors' becomes 'Katrina Survivors Give Kids a Lesson in Big Business.' Though the language may appeal more to Leman's peers, the optimistic message is genuine and at age 16, Leman is certainly an important voice of her generation. Agent: Michelle Lemmons Posente, ISB Global." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
You can be greater than you know how to be. andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;In a world where you are pushed to know more, this book will prove that your greatest asset is often not knowing. In a world where you are told itand#8217;s all in the planning, this book will encourage you to keep your cart ahead of your horse and allow your dreams to lead you. In a world where you are told you need to become someone, this book will show you that you already are someone. andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;The authorand#8212;the foremost accidental expert on this subjectand#8212;is Talia Leman. A high school student. Runner in the rain. Science enthusiast. World changer. Random kid. andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Writing with infectious enthusiasm, humor, and resoluteness, she shares her secrets to being more than you know how to be, including Donand#8217;t Line Up Your Ducks, Sideways Is a Better Way to Go Forward, and Too Many Cooks Is the Right Number. In this unexpectedly poignant, strikingly honest, and informative guide, Talia Leman shows you how to make room for lifeand#8217;s surprises, demonstrating that everyone has what it takes to make a difference for anything that matters to them. andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;Iandgt;A Random Book about the Power of ANYone andlt;/Iandgt;will move you to rethink and re-imagine whatand#8217;s possible, one random inspiration, one random idea, one random person at a time.
About the Author
andlt;Bandgt;Talia Lemanandlt;/Bandgt; has orchestrated the philanthropic efforts of 12 million children on four continents. By raising over $10 million for the victims of Hurricane Katrina, Taliaand#8217;s efforts ranked in the top three of all fundraisers, including major international organizations and corporations. She was not yet thirteen years old! Since then Talia has raised money for water projects on three continents, built schools in Cambodia, and is currently spearheading a Japan relief effort with children around the world. Through RandomKid, a 501(c)3, frequent speaking, and now her new book, Talia, provides tools that equip kids for life-changing philanthropic activities. She lives in Iowa.