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Strong Inside (Young Readers Edition): The True Story of How Perry Wallace Broke College Basketball's Color Line Hardcover – December 20, 2016
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Gr 7 Up—Vanderbilt University made a strong statement in 1966 when they recruited Perry Wallace, a local teen basketball star who was African American. Students may not be familiar with Wallace, but after reading this poignant biography, they will not forget him. Readers meet him as a child whose loving family provided him with the care and attention he needed to thrive academically, then follow him onto the court, where he yearned—and then learned—to dunk. Maraniss speeds through Wallace's senior year at Pearl High, in Tennessee, where recruiters from schools across the country were eager to add him to their rosters. His years at Vanderbilt, where he broke the color barrier in the Southeastern Conference, receive the most attention, with great sports writing meeting heartfelt interludes of Wallace's efforts to bring about change for his fellow black students. Maraniss does not shy away from the ultimate truth: Wallace experienced vicious racism and countless death threats as well as racial slurs, discrimination, and unfair treatment on and off the court. Wallace is quoted abundantly throughout the text, and the bibliography is packed with primary sources, offering ample research opportunities for those compelled to dig deeper into the civil rights struggle of Wallace and other black athletes. VERDICT This portrait of the fortitude of a young athlete will make a huge impact on teens and is guaranteed to spark serious discussion.—Abby Bussen, Muskego Public Library, WI
★ "This moving biography is thought-provoking, riveting and heart-wrenching, though it remains hopeful as it takes readers into the midst of the basketball and civil rights action."—Booklist, STARRED review
"This portrait of the fortitude of a young athlete will make a huge impact on teens and is guaranteed to spark serious discussion."—School Library Journal
“Even if you’re not a history buff, this important story is worth your time.”—Sports Illustrated Kids
"A fascinating, very personal account of the effect that the civil rights movement had on one individual. . . a must purchase for any middle school or high school library."—Miss Yingling Reads
Praise for the New York Times bestselling adult edition of Strong Inside
"A heartbreaking work of staggering genius."—SLAM Magazine
"Powerfully told."—New York Times
"Nuanced and complex, Strong Inside is an invaluable resource for studying the state of race relations in the US, both past and present...Highly recommended."—Choice
"Thorough and engaging...a long-overdue tribute to this little-known player."—Washington Post
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The book is not for the faint of heart, with graphic language and explicit examples of the racism and abuse that took place in our country. Those explicit experiences make this a perfect book for young people to read. This young readers edition was adapted from the New York Times bestselling novel of the same name.
I was in the process of reading the book as one of the classes I co-teach was working through speeches by Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X. The students had to write a compare/contrast essay about the two difference speeches, and views, of these civil rights leaders.
A great example of a similar activity takes place in Chapter 16. Martin Luther King, Jr and Stokely Carmichael were speaking at the same conference on Vanderbilt’s campus in April of 1967. King spoke on a Friday and Carmichael spoke the next day. One called for nonviolence while the other one called for something more direct.
That saturday night would see the start of the Nashville riots. Many in Nashville blamed Carmichael for leading the riots even though he was not even in the area.
Learning about the early life of Perry Wallace was really fascinating as a Nashville native. I loved learning about the history of Nashville, and how life was like in Nashville for a young Black man. I think students would enjoy reading about life as a young Black man in the south and compare it to now. What are the differences? What are the similarities? How far have we actually come since then.
There is a lot of basketball in this book, but it’s so much more than just basketball. It’s about Wallace playing on a basically all White team. It’s about how Wallace felt on Vanderbilt’s campus as a young Black man. The experience of Perry Wallace should be shared with as many people as possible, especially our youth.
Maraniss writes in a way that would draw in reluctant readers. His writing is smooth and vivid. The smoothness makes the book fly by, while the vividness make the encounters Wallace face that much more damning.
Teachers, I know you will want to use this in your classroom once you have read this. It needs to be in your classroom, and students across the United States should be reading this book. But specifically, the students of Nashville need to read this book. They need to know Nashville’s history. We shouldn’t hide it. We should learn from it.