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Gr. 3-5. Sports and civil rights are both part of the drama in this fictionalized biography in the Childhood of Famous Americans series. Growing up in segregated Richmond, Virginia, Ashe encountered vicious prejudice, including exclusion from the tennis court near his home. Even so, he went on to become an international star on the U.S. tennis team, and he broke the color barrier in the sport. The dialogue, thoughts, and feelings are made up, but the history is accurate. Readers will be caught by the details of Ashe's training, his game techniques, and his victories as well as by his important, sometimes controversial roles in the civil rights struggle and the antiapartheid movement. Despite the series title, there is much here about Ashe's adult life, though the focus is on his public role. Illustrated with occasional full-page black-and-white pictures, this lively introduction ends with a short bibliography that will take readers to documented accounts, including Ashe's memoir, Days of Grace (1993). Hazel Rochman
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Paul Mantell is the author of more than 100 books for young readers, including books in the Hardy Boys and Matt Christopher series.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Series: Childhood of Famous Americans
  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Aladdin (January 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0689873468
  • ISBN-13: 978-0689873461
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.8 x 7.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #230,780 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This comes from the Childhood of famous Americans series. This is the second book I've read out of this series and although it's a child's book (more for older elementary-middle school children) I have found them very interesting. Just like reading this one, I had never heard of Arthur Ashe or what he has done for the sport of tennis but mostly for the black community. The writer starts when young Arthur is just a tiny young boy and talks about his childhood and what he has to endure especially after his mother dies when he's still very young. His father tries raising him and his younger brother on his own but then gets help with a live in nanny. Then goes on to talk about how he's not able to play on the same areas as the white people and one day how he wants to. As fate has it he starts playing around with a tennis racket and balls and someone sees how good he is and then offers him lessons. They help him believe in himself through his tennis playing and throughout his lifetime that opens doors for him for tournaments and travel especially over seas. As a grown man he wants to help change the lives of those living in especially South Africa never imagining that Nelson Mandela who was in prison would be president of the country one day!
This biography wasn't just about the game of tennis; it was about the courage and persistence of a young black man who wanted change for not only himself but for his race. As new laws were being made but not enforced he wanted to see that change happen and he did. It follows his story all the way to his death. Great book for tennis lovers, for people who enjoy reading about segregation and 'righting wrongs' or just for those that like the 'good guy wins in the end'. Am glad I checked the book out and read it
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By mother of 2 on February 15, 2014
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Got this for an oral report for my second-grader. We didn't have much time so I read most of it to him. I thought it was informative and written to keep his interest.
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By MJH on April 15, 2013
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This is a great book for book report's.
And is a fantastic way to get more information on arthur ashe
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