Joe Louis

America's Fighter

By David A. Adler; Terry Widener (Illustrator)
(Harcourt Children's Books, Hardcover, 9780152164805, 32pp.)

Publication Date: November 2005

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Joe Louis was a fighter, a world champion boxer, a "punching machine." But more important, Joe Louis was a hero. At the beginning of his fighting career, he was a hero and a symbol of hope to African Americans. Later, Joe Louis became a hero to all Americans, uniting blacks and white boxing fans in their hatred of the Nazis and their desire for him to beat the German fighter Max Schmeling.

With powerful text and luminous illustrations, the award-winning, picture-book team of David A. Adler and Terry Widener has brought to life the true story of one determined individual who overcame racism and poverty . . . and inspired a nation.

Includes a time line highlighting key events in the boxer's life.

About the Author

DAVID A. ADLER and TERRY WIDENER are the award-winning, author-illustrator team that created America's Champion Swimmer: Gertrude Ederle, a Child Magazine Best Book of the Year; Lou Gehrig: The Luckiest Man, a San Francisco Chronicle Best Book of the Year; and The Babe & I, an ABA's Pick of the Lists. David A. Adler lives on Long Island, New York. Terry Widener lives in McKinney, Texas.

Praise For Joe Louis

"Another perfect marriage of words and pictures from an award-winning team"

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