Little Bigfoot Troublemakers and Superpowers
Little Bigfoot Troublemakers and Superpowers

Troublemakers and Superpowers

By Keely Grand


Publication Date: October 3, 2023

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Ages 8 to 12, Grades 3 to 7

A unique and hopeful biography collection that explores the lives of 29 individuals from diverse backgrounds who turned their childhood struggles – their personal “troublemakers” – into strengths that enabled them to live their lives to the fullest.

Troublemakers and Superpowers is filled with hopeful stories that explore the lives of 29 individuals from diverse backgrounds who have had to navigate a “troublemaker” in their childhood, such as trauma, depression, ADHD, OCD, anxiety, or dyslexia. Each of these individuals had a turning point in their life that enabled them to understand not only their struggles but also their strengths and ultimately learn how to use them to go after their dreams.

This biography collection includes stories of people from all walks of life.  Did you know…

Greta Thunberg used the strengths she discovered with her Asperger’s Syndrome to start a climate revolution.Jonathan Van Ness’s (JVN) struggle with childhood trauma and depression pushed him to learn self-love.Ed Sheeran overcame a stutter with the help of music. Emma Stone struggles with anxiety and discovered acting helps her manage her condition.Trevor Noah grew up in South Africa navigating the strict rules of apartheid, the inflexible traditions of catholic school, and being a kid with undiagnosed ADHD. Discovering stand-up enabled him to turn his fascinating life story into comedy. Dr. Maggie Aderin-Pocock struggled with dyslexia then discovered the benefits of her condition – good 3D spatial awareness – were ideal for a career as a space scientist.   

Each profile includes a full-page illustrated portrait, and three pages devoted to the subject’s inspiring story that is interwoven with vibrant, playful art and illustrated quotes that highlight significant moments in each subject's story.  

The book also includes: 

A foreword for kids and an afterword for adults written by a licensed therapist to provide a mental health context for readers.Definitions of the variety of conditions, disorders, and traumas covered in the book, vetted by mental health experts.A list of resources on topics covered in the book.  

The incredible stories of the individuals in this book are filled with hope and inspiration for kids, ages 8 and up, who are struggling with challenges in their lives, as well as for kids who love biographies.

Troublemakers and Superpowers will give all readers a better understanding of what it's like to grow up with "troublemakers" and how they can be seen as "superpowers."

About the Author

KEELY GRAND is a mom, author, personal trainer, and wellness specialist. Her interest in people, specifically their health, gifts, and challenges, was sparked by years of trying to find ways to connect with her younger cousin who lived with severe cerebral palsy. She earned a Master’s degree in Health Communication from Emerson College and has worked as a community health educator, a cross country and track coach, and freelance writer. Diagnosed in adulthood with anxiety and ADHD, she manages her own troublemakers through exercise, speaking with a therapist, and practicing yoga.

Author Residence: Portland, OR

Author Hometown: Middletown, RI

RAGON DICKARD is a Seattle-based illustrator who loves to make art with monsters, animals, people, and fruits and vegetables. She’s inspired by folk art, printmaking, animation, and kitschy things she finds at Goodwill.  You can find out more about her on her website:

Illustrator Residence:Seattle, WA

Illustrator Hometown:Fredericksburg, VA

Format: Trade Paperback

Length: 128 pages

Publisher: Little Bigfoot

Publication Date: October 3, 2023

ISBN: 9781632173003

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