A Nation's Hope

A Nation's Hope

The Story of Boxing Legend Joe Louis

By Matt De La Pena; Kadir Nelson (Illustrator)

Dial Books for Young Readers, Hardcover, 9780803731677, 40pp.

Publication Date: January 20, 2011

On the eve of World War II, African American boxer Joe Louis fought German Max Schmeling in a bout that had more at stake than just the world heavyweight title; for much of America their fight came to represent America's war with Germany. This elegant and powerful picture book biography centers around the historic fight in which Black and White America were able to put aside prejudice and come together to celebrate our nation's ideals.

About the Author
Matt de la Pena is the author of several acclaimed YA novels Balls Don't Lie, Mexican Whiteboy, We Were Here, and I Will Save You and one picture book, A Nation's Hope. He teaches creative writing at NYU.

Kadir Nelson won the 2012 Coretta Scott King Author Award and Illustrator Honor for Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans. He received Caldecott Honors for Henry's Freedom Box by Ellen Levine and Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom by Carole Boston Weatherford, for which he also garnered a Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award and won an NAACP Image Award. Ellington Was Not a Street by Ntozake Shange won a Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award. Nelson's authorial debut, We Are the Ship, was a New York Times bestseller, a Coretta Scott King Author Award winner, and a Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor book. He is also the author and illustrator of the acclaimed Baby Bear.