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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Description
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.Award-winning author and illustrator Floyd Cooper is the illustrator of over ninety childrens books. He has received the Coretta Scott King Honor Award three times and the Coretta Scott King Award for Illustration in 2009 for The Blacker the Berry. From the Land of Milk and Honey was nominated for a 2013 NAACP IMAGE AWARD for literature, and These Hands was awarded the 2012 Sankei Award in Japan for outstanding illustration. Floyd travels extensively, sharing his talents in schools and conferences across America. He currently resides in Easton, Pennsylvania, with his wife, Velma, and two sons, Dayton and Kai.
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