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A Nation's Hope: The Story of Boxing Legend Joe Louis Hardcover – January 20, 2011


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: 1 - 3
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Dial; 1 edition (January 20, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0803731671
  • ISBN-13: 978-0803731677
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 0.5 x 11.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #920,577 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Gr 3–7—With such descriptive prose as "glazed with warm-up sweat," de la Peña's nonfiction work brings boxer Joe Louis to life for young listeners. Sent to violin lessons when he was six, Louis ended up at the gym learning to box instead. To many Americans, Louis's bout with German Max Schmeling for the title of heavyweight champion of the world represented the war into which the fighters' countries were about to enter—and Americans of all races and backgrounds rooted as hard for Louis as they would for America in World War II. Narrator JD Jackson uses good pacing in this production, which would be best paired with the print version (Dial, 2011) for younger students.—Karen Alexander, Lake Fenton High School, Linden, MI --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

From Booklist

*Starred Review* Sometimes a boxing match is just that, a sport played out on the fists and jaws of two determined contenders. But sometimes it is so much more, as in the 1938 bout between Joe Louis and Max Schmeling. This spectacularly illustrated, smoothly cadenced picture book sets up the historic fight��Son of a black sharecropper / against Hitler�s �master race� / Black and white Americans / together against the rule of Nazi hate��and then quickly traces Louis� rise from a quiet boy in Jim Crow America to a magnificent fighter and national hero. Nelson, who�s incapable of even a mediocre painting, flexes his artistic muscle here, varying his always effective blue-sky-backed, leveled-gaze portraits with dizzying and dramatic angles, both in and out of the ring. The full weight of the fight�s import may need some additional historical context for young readers, but the message rings through in any case: that this was a unifying and triumphant moment of national pride, for all Americans, and that sports can capture people�s hearts for more reasons than just winning. Grades 1-3. --Ian Chipman

More About the Author

Matt de la Peña's debut novel, Ball Don't Lie, was an ALA-YALSA Best Book for Young Adults and an ALA-YALSA Quick Pick and was made into a major motion picture. His second novel, Mexican WhiteBoy, was an ALA-YALSA Best Book for Young Adult (Top Ten Pick), a Notable Book for a Global Society, a Junior Library Guild Selection and a Bulletin Blue Ribbon Book. His third novel, We Were Here, was an ALA-YALSA Best Book for Young Readers, an ALA-YALSA Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers, and a Junior Library Guild Selection. His fourth book, I Will Save You, was an ALA-YALSA Best Book for Young Readers, an ALA-YALSA Quick Pick, a Junior Library Guild Selection and finalist for the 2011 Amelia Elizabeth Walden Award. De la Peña's fifth book, The Living, was a Junior Library Guild Selection, a 2014 Best Fiction for Young Adults and a Pura Belpré Author Honor Book.

His short fiction and essays have appeared in the New York Times, NPR.org and various literary journals, including Pacific Review, The Vincent Brothers Review, Chiricú, Two Girls' Review, The George Mason Review, and The Allegheny Review. De la Peña received his MFA in creative writing from San Diego State University and his BA from the University of the Pacific, where he attended school on a full athletic scholarship for basketball. He lives in Brooklyn, New York, where he teaches creative writing. You can visit Matt and find out more about his books at mattdelapena.com and follow him on Twitter at @mattdelapena.

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This book is a delight to be shared.
Heidi G
The author Matt De La Pena does a great job explaining to the young reader who Joe Louis was and the importance of his famous fight with Max Schmeling.
Joseph Landes
The illustrations are wonderful and mirror closely photos from the real events.
Karie D. Pryor

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By amy himes on January 7, 2013
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I needed this book for a training for teachers. They loved the book and how it was used in instruction.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By San on December 19, 2012
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Even though this book was suggested reading for children, I bought it for my husband and he really enjoyed it. He has bad
eyesight so it helped him.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Joseph Landes on November 20, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I picked up "A Nation's Hope" after seeing that it was named one of the NY Times Best Children's Illustrated Books of 2011 and am very happy I did as it is an excellent read both for children and adults alike. A great book to read with your children particularly to get their reaction to such an important time in both US and world history. The author Matt De La Pena does a great job explaining to the young reader who Joe Louis was and the importance of his famous fight with Max Schmeling. He underscores that it is not only a boxing match but also something the whole world paid attention to given the ongoing WWII. Finally, the author does a great job alluding to the ongoing racial tensions in America at the time which makes for another good lesson for children. I enjoyed the book very much as did my 12 year old son and the illustrations were phenomenal.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Alyson Beecher on March 6, 2011
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Take a strong writer and pair him up with a phenomenal illustrator and you have a winner of a book. I have lots of respect and admiration for the artwork of Kadir Nelson. In Joe Louis, Nelson does not disappoint fans of of his work in books such as We Are The Ship or Coretta Scott. De La Pena provides the reader with some information about Louis' early life but the significant focus for this story is on the Joe Louis/Max Schlmeling fight at Yankee Stadium. A fight that was much greater than the two individuals in the ring but something that represented so much more to the Americans in the Stadium or at home listening on the radio.
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