Jesse Owens

Jesse Owens

Fastest Man Alive

By Carole Boston Weatherford; Eric Velasquez (Illustrator)

Walker & Company, Hardcover, 9780802795502, 32pp.

Publication Date: December 26, 2006

Description

In 1936, America was years away from war with Nazi Germany. But long before the first battle of World War II, a starter's gun fired the first shot in our battle against the Nazis.

Adolf Hitler viewed the 1936 Berlin Olympics as a chance to show the superiority of the German "race" over the rest of the world. He never expected that an American, let alone a black American, would dash his dreams.

Jesse Owens grew up during an age when segregation laws forced him to eat at separate restaurants and stay at different hotels. But Jesse never let it slow him down while setting world records and winning a spot on the U.S. Olympic team. Once in Berlin, the triumph of Jesse's will helped him run through any barrier, winning not only Olympic gold, but countless fans.



About the Author
Carole Boston Weatherford is the acclaimed author of more than forty books, including "Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom", winner of a Caldecott Honor, the Coretta Scott King Award for Illustration, and the NAACP Image Award; and "Becoming Billie Holiday", winner of a Coretta Scott King Author Honor. She is also the recipient of the North Carolina Award for Literature. Carole lives in North Carolina and teaches at Fayetteville State University. Visit her at CBWeatherford.com.

Eric Velasquez was born in Spanish Harlem to Afro-Puerto Rican parents and grew up in Harlem. The many awards he has won include a Pura BelprE and the Coretta-Scott King/John Steptoe Award. He illustrated "Ol' Clip-Clop "by Patricia C. McKissack, which received starred reviews in "Kirkus Reviews" and "Publishers Weekly". He lives in New York with his family.


Praise For Jesse Owens

From Kirkus Reviews[A] soaring tribute. --Kirkus Reviews