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Twelve Rounds to Glory

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Twelve Rounds to Glory
Written by Charles R. Smith
Format: Hardback
ISBN-13: 9780763616922
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Twelve Rounds to Glory
The Story of Muhammad Ali

author: Charles R. Smith
illustrator: Bryan Collier

"Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee. . . . Iím the prettiest thing that ever lived!"

From the moment a fired-up teenager from Kentucky won 1960 Olympic gold to the day in 1996 when a retired legend, hands shaking from Parkinsonís, returned to raise the Olympic torch, the boxer known as "The Greatest" waged many a fight. Some were in the ring, against opponents like Sonny Liston and Joe Frazier; others were against societal prejudice and against a war he refused to support because of his Islamic faith. Charles R. Smith Jr.ís rap-inspired verse weaves and bobs and jabs with relentless energy, while Bryan Collierís bold collage artwork matches every move ó capturing the "Louisville loudmouth with the great gift of rhyme" who shed the name Cassius Clay to take on the world as Muhammad Ali.
Back matter includes a time line.

A dynamic author-illustrator team follows the threetime heavyweight champ through twelve rounds of a remarkable life.
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Non-Fiction - Picture Book / Hardback
age range:
10 yrs and up
# of pages/size:
80 / 11" x 10"
grade range:
Grade 5 and up
Biography & Autobiography; People & Places; Sports & Recreation;
author’s comments:
Charles R. Smith Jr. is the author of Hoop Queens and its companion, Hoop Kings. He also wrote and illustrated the American Library Association Notable Book Rimshots: Basketball Pix, Rolls, and Rhythms, among other titles. Charles R. Smith Jr. lives in Poughkeepsie, New York.
illustrator’s comments:
Bryan Collier is the illustrator of several award-winning books, including Uptown, A Freedom River, Martin's Big Words, and Visiting Langston, all winners of the Coretta Scott King Award (USA). He lives in New York, USA.
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