Queen of the Track

Alice Coachman, Olympic High-Jump Champion

By Heather Lang; Floyd Cooper (Illustrator)
(Boyds Mills Press, Hardcover, 9781590788509, 40pp.)

Publication Date: March 2012

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At the 1948 Olympics in London, members of the U.S. Women's Track and Field team went down to defeat one by one. Any hope of winning rested on Alice Coachman. Thousands of spectators stayed late for the high-jump event and witnessed history as she became the first African American woman to win an Olympic gold medal. In time for the 2012 Olympic Games in London, this book follows Coachman on her journey from rural Georgia, where she overcame adversity both as a woman and as a black athlete, to her triumph in Wembly Stadium.

About the Author
Heather Lang once tried to learn jumps on horseback, but now she sticks to trail rides and leaves the more ambitious riding to her daughter. Her first book was Queen of the Track: Alice Coachman, Olympic High-Jump Champion. She lives in Massachusetts, with her husband and four children.

Floyd Cooper always dreamed of becoming an artist, and now has illustrated dozens of books for children. He received a Coretta Scott King Award for his illustrations in The Blacker the Berry and a Coretta Scott King Honor for his illustrations in Brown Honey in Broomwheat Tea and I Have Heard of a Land... He lives in New Jersey with his family.
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