Champion (Hardcover)

The Story of Muhammad Ali

By Jim Haskins, Eric Velasquez (Illustrator)

Walker Childrens, 9780802787842, 40pp.

Publication Date: May 1, 2002

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"I am the greatest! I am the king!"

Bold and boisterous—Muhammad Ali was one of the most electrifying, inspiring, and confrontational athletes of his generation. At the height of his career, Ali was as despised as he was adored. Loud and aggressive as well as confident and dedicated, he was the quintessential showman, the undeniable champion of his sport, and one of the most recognizable faces in the world. He was challenged at every turn: faced with racial discrimination in his everyday life, mocked by the sports media as his career began, ridiculed for adopting a new religion, and stripped by the U.S. government of his very livelihood for refusing to go to war.

Muhammad Ali faced the obstacles in his life the way he faced his opponents in the ring, brashly and with all the force at his command. In his private life, he was also deeply spiritual, committed to standing up against social injustice, and steadfast in his beliefs.

Ali's shadows have faded with time, leaving behind an international icon and a role model for generations—a champion both inside the ring and out

Featuring stunning illustrations and covering his entire life from childhood through his professional career to his current battle with Parkinson's Syndrome, Jim Haskins and Eric Velasquez have created a moving tribute that introduces this electrifying and impressive figure to a new generation.

About the Author

Jim Haskins is the author of over one hundred books and has an unrivaled background in writing African-American nonfiction for young readers. Among his many awards is the "Coretta Scott King Medal", which he received in 1977 for The Story of Stevie Wonder. Since then, he has won six Honor citations. Mr. Haskins splits his time between Gainesville, Florida, and New York City.

Eric Velasquez won the Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Award for his illustrations in The Piano Man. He graduated from the School of Visual Arts and now lives in Hartsdale, New York, with his wife, Deborah