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Long-Armed Ludy and the First Women's Olympics

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Long-Armed Ludy and the First Women's Olympics

By Jean L. S. Patrick; Adam Gustavson (Illustrator)

Charlesbridge Publishing, Hardcover, 9781580895460, 32pp.

Publication Date: August 8, 2017

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Description
Lucille "Ludy" Godbold grew up skinny, tall, and athletic. In her final year on the track team at Winthrop College in South Carolina, Ludy gave shot put a try and she made that iron ball sail with her long, skinny arms. When her coach took her to a meet in New York she qualified for the first Women's Olympic Games in 1922. Except she had no money to go.
Ludy's college and classmates rallied around her and raised the money to send her to compete. She won the gold medal with 1 foot, 2.6 inches to spare. She'd done her friends, her school, the South, and the USA proud.
Hooray for Ludy.


About the Author
Jean L. S. Patrick is the author of several books for children, including The Baseball Adventure of Jackie Mitchell, Girl Pitcher vs. Babe Ruth (Graphic Universe), and The Girl Who Struck Out Babe Ruth (Carolrhoda Books). Jean has also written a weekly children's book column for the Daily Republic in Mitchell, South Dakota, since 1989. Adam Gustavson has illustrated several picture books, including the award-winning Good Luck, Mrs. K! (Margaret K. McElderry) and Dirty Rats. Adam lives in West Orange, New Jersey.
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