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The Girl Who Figured It Out

The Girl Who Figured It Out

Minda Dentler, who is she?

Born in India to a single mother, she contracted polio which left her paralyzed from the waist down. Minda faced numerous challenges from an early age. However, she refused to let her disability define her and instead embraced a life filled with purpose and passion. Her birth mother could not care for her properly, and she placed Minda in an orphanage, hoping for a better life for her. Adopted by a loving American family, Minda had a bright future. However, it wasn’t all rainbows and unicorns.

Minda’s book is a testament to the power of perseverance and the determined human spirit and mind.
She shares her experiences as a person with a disability and how she defied all odds to achieve her dreams. She takes readers on a roller coaster ride through her childhood, highlighting the obstacles she faced and the unwavering support she received from her loved ones. From her early struggles to her remarkable achievements, she is a trailblazer in her own right.



Minda Dentler’s book is not just a personal memoir but also a call to action. Through her story, she aims to inspire and empower others to overcome challenges and embrace their true potential. She shares valuable life lessons and offers practical advice on navigating adversity, finding inner strength, and creating a meaningful life.

Despite her setbacks, Minda has not let her disability define her. She has become a successful triathlete, completing numerous races, and participating in the Ironman World Championship. Minda is also a passionate advocate for polio eradication, using her platform to raise awareness and funds for the cause. Her determination, resilience, and commitment to making a difference are genuinely inspiring. Beyond her athletic achievements, Minda Dentler has become a beacon of hope. Her impact extends far beyond the realm of sports as she advocates for equal opportunities and empowers others to embrace their unique abilities. Minda Dentler’s story is a testament to the strength of the human spirit and the limitless potential that lies within us.

The title of Minda’s book is based on the words her father often repeated to her, “Just figure it out.”
Published by Sourcebooks Explore Written by Minda Dentler and illustrated by Stephanie Dehennin. Recommended reading age is 4-8, and a fantastic read for all.