The Warrior Challenge: 8 Quests for Boys to Grow Up with Kindness, Courage, and Grit (Hardcover)

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The Warrior Challenge: 8 Quests for Boys to Grow Up with Kindness, Courage, and Grit (Hardcover)

By John Beede, Johnny Dombrowski (Illustrator)


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A revolutionary and must-have book for boys! This action-packed, illustrated guide teaches boys to develop much-needed skills around empathy and vulnerability as they grow into self-aware, wonderful men. Share with fans of The Manual to Manhood, Boying Up, and The Dangerous Book for Boys.

How do we raise "good sons" during this difficult time? Traits we've always considered masculine--like being tough and not showing emotion--are no longer what we want for our boys. Especially when society most needs unity, empathy, and the understanding that all humans are created equal.  

As we try to raise caring, thoughtful, respectful young men, this book will lead the pack, teaching them, in a language they will understand, that emotional honesty is the epitome of bravery and that the toughest of the tough are those who raise their voices to uplift and support those most in need.  

Unlike any book out there, The Warrior Challenge will capture readers with its epic and engrossing stories about courageous men across history, real-life examples of modern manhood, and straight-talking messages about compassion and authenticity. 

Author, mountain climber, and professional speaker John Beede disproves the "boys will be boys" mentality and encourages boys to be, above all, good humans.
John Beede is a mountaineer, global adventurer, humanitarian, and keynote speaker. He has climbed the tallest mountain on all seven continents, including Mount Everest. He's also been struck by lightning, been attacked by a five-foot iguana, and gone swimming with great white sharks. His travels have taken him to more than seventy countries and he's survived every classification of natural disaster.

Through it all, John's core message to the kids he speaks to and teaches is that we live by the strength of our morals and values, not our accomplishments. He has shared this message via motivational presentations and workshops to nearly one million live audience members in all fifty U.S. states and all across the world. He has given keynote speeches for national teen organizations including 4-H, FCCLA, FBLA, DECA, BPA, SkillsUSA, ScoutsUSA, FFA, Teen Institute, and the National Association of Student Councils.

John is also the author of Climb On! Success Strategies for Teens and The Mini-Manual for Becoming Super Awesome. He is an Eagle Scout and he graduated with a bachelor's degree in mass communications from Wheaton College. John lives in Nevada. Find him online at

Johnny Dombrowski is an award-winning illustrator working in New York City. While pursuing a freelance career, he also works as the Senior Designer at the Society of Illustrators. Check out Johnny online at
Product Details ISBN: 9780593175293
ISBN-10: 0593175298
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: September 1st, 2020
Pages: 272
Language: English
"Provides specific strategies to lean into vulnerability, dismantle toxic messages about masculinity, and ultimately become an enlightened human." —School Library Journal