Defying the Odds

“Refusing to Give Up” when life gets hard

by Tracy Lynn Roland & Foreword by Sherman E. Tate



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 10/10/2016

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 70
ISBN : 9781524610319

About the Book

Defying the Odds is about the everyday life of a young girl growing up in the projects. It reveals many experiences the average person in America may not ever see or experience. Defying the Odds shows that one can overcome any and all situations and become a success in life. Imagine not ever knowing your father because he died while you were very young, too young to even know what happened. Imagine a brother being murdered, used as a human shield. Imagine another brother dying in prison. Imagine losing your mom to a terrible disease. Yes, we all experience death in our families, but how many of us experience death like this, over and over again? Defying the Odds reveals the determination of one young girl who is singled out by a family that has the resources to show her a life far beyond the projects. A business owner teaches her the value of money and the importance of saving for the future so that there is never a need that cannot be met. This book paints a clear and undeniable picture of the unrelenting determination of one young woman who came through some most difficult times and yet refused to give in to the beckoning of wrong turns that presented themselves on a daily basis in the projects that she called home. It is an inspiring story and one that should be shared with the countless number of young boys and girls who exist in similar circumstances throughout America.

About the Author

Tracey Roland’s life began in Little Rock, Arkansas. Her story begins as a child in Highland Court surrounded by death, destruction, crime and drugs. She found solace and mentorship from several people who took her under their wings. I want you to question yourself by asking these questions so that you can reflect. 1. What would you do if you saw your mom being beaten with a bat? 2. Did any teacher inspire you as my teacher did? 3. Did you also face death of your loved ones in a brutal way? 4. Have you been burdened with family responsibilities at a very young age?