Skip to main content
Cover for Zion Unmatched

Zion Unmatched

Zion Clark, James S. Hirsch


List Price: 17.99*
* Individual store prices may vary.


An extraordinary, deeply inspirational photo essay follows elite wheelchair racer and wrestler and Netflix documentary star Zion Clark.

This stunning photographic essay showcases Zion Clark’s ferocious athleticism and undaunted spirit. Cowritten by New York Times best-selling journalist James S. Hirsch, this book features striking, visually arresting images and an approachable and engaging text, including pieces of advice that have motivated Zion toward excellence and passages from Zion himself. Explore Zion’s journey from a childhood lost in the foster care system to his hard-fought rise as a high school wrestler to his current rigorous training to prepare as an elite athlete on the world stage. Included are a biography and a note from Zion.

This first in a trilogy of books to be written by world-class athlete Zion Clark.

Praise For Zion Unmatched

Completely inspirational. . . A moving read, no matter one’s ability, identity, or circumstances.

Clark, who was born without legs, presents snapshots of his journey from foster child to talented athlete. . . . Accenting the photos, bold, uppercase quotes from family members and coaches affirm his talent and determination.
—Kirkus Reviews

This photo-based picture book will inspire readers to persevere as they follow along through Zion Clark’s unique life journey. . . an excellent addition for any school libraries looking for titles to promote student wellness and mental health or those looking for titles about admirable athletes.
—School Library Connection

Zion inspires you to go against your fears. If you have any fears, just continue, because if Zion can do it, so can you.
—Anderson Silva, mixed martial arts champion who holds the longest title reign in Ultimate Fighting Championship history

Clark has documented his journey in a new book, Zion Unmatched. It captures his life as an elite athlete in words and photos. With a calendar booked with practices, more upcoming book projects, and training for the Paralympics, Clark is hoping his story and accomplishments will help others feel moved to achieve their goals.
—The Week Jr.

Candlewick, 9781536224184, 32pp.

Publication Date: August 3, 2021

About the Author

Zion Clark is an elite athlete, motivational speaker, and entrepreneur. He lives in Los Angeles.

James S. Hirsch is a New York Times best-selling author of several books, including Hurricane: The Miraculous Journey of Rubin Carter, as well as Riot and Remembrance: The Tulsa Race Massacre and Its Legacy and Willie Mays: The Life, the Legend. He lives outside of Boston.