She Dares You
Born with a rare genetic condition, Lizzie Velasquez was 17 when she clicked on a YouTube video called “World’s Ugliest Woman,” only to discover the clip was about her. Devastated but determined to fight back, she created one of the most popular YouTube channels ever, became a motivational speaker and started writing. Her fourth book, Dare to Be Kind (Hachette Books), uses her own story to teach others the power of confidence and compassion. Available June 6.
$22, bookstores and online. Visit Parade.com/lizzie to find out how a school assembly set Velasquez’s speaking career in motion.