Babe Conquers the World (Hardcover)

The Legendary Life of Babe Didrikson Zaharias

By Rich Wallace, Sandra Neil Wallace

Calkins Creek Books, 9781590789810, 271pp.

Publication Date: March 1, 2014



Babe Didrikson Zaharias had one driving goal: to become the greatest athlete who ever lived. And she made good on that promise with a meteoric rise to famed basketball player, Olympic medalist, and top female golfer. But there was more to Babe than just sports. Noted novelists and sportswriters Rich and Sandra Wallace expose the many controversies surrounding this famous female athlete--her upbringing, personality, marriage, and even her early death. This action-packed story of a womanESPN ranks as #10 of the top North American athletes of the twentieth century also includes personal and professional photographs, quotes, a bibliography, and an index.

About the Author

Sandra Neil Wallace had a lengthy career as a news anchor and ESPN sportscaster before writing realistic fiction and nonfiction for young readers. A pioneer in the journalism field, she was the first woman to cover the National Hockey League on network TV. Selected as a promising new voice in children's literature by The Horn Book, Wallace's titles have been named to state and national awards lists including Bank Street College's Best Children's Book of the Year, ALA-YALSA Quick Picks, and Booklist's Top 10 Sports Books for Youth. Visit Rich Wallace has written more than three dozen novels for children and teenagers, beginning with Wrestling Sturbridge, which the American Library Association selected as one of the top 100 YA books of the twentieth century. His recent forays into nonfiction include the acclaimed Babe Conquers the World and Blood Brother: Jonathan Daniels and His Sacrifice for Civil Rights (Calkins Creek, 2016). Visit