Tough Stuff

What kids are made of (USA)
The boy who made miracles (Complex Chinese Character edition)




Allen & Unwin
Chicago Review Press (USA)
Morning Star (Taiwan)

From the wolf girls of India to a teenage Olympic champion; from Iqbal Masih, the inspirational 12-year-old crusader for human rights, to the Dalai Lama; from outback Australia to Auschwitz, Tough Stuff is paced with true stories that show what kids are really made of.

It’s about children who have protested, rebelled, prayed, saved lives, earned a fortune, lost everything, become world-famous, or survived war and oppression.

It’s about kids making a difference in the adult world. It’s about kids and courage.

Tough Stuff is pacy, poignant, confronting. It speaks directly to children about things that matter.

Reviews of Tough Stuff

  • “Murray has retold their stories with flair. All are interesting and dramatic. All of them just go to show what potential lies within children and how easy it is to underestimate them.”
    Stella Lees, Viewpoint
  • “This very absorbing book is a collection of over 40 stories about children who have done amazing things and made a difference in the adult world. This is a fascinating book and both children and adults will benefit from reading it.”

    Nora Jonkers, Catholic Weekly

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