A Sporting Chance: How Ludwig Guttmann Created the Paralympic Games

Lori Alexander (Author) Allan Drummond (Illustrator)


Telling the inspiring human story behind the creation of the Paralympics, this young readers biography artfully combines archival photos, full-color illustrations, and a riveting narrative to honor the life of Ludwig Guttmann, whose work profoundly changed so many lives.

Dedicating his life to helping patients labeled "incurables," Ludwig Guttmann fought for the rights of paraplegics to live a full life. The young doctor believed--and eventually proved--that physical movement is key to healing, a discovery that led him to create the first Paralympic Games.

Told with moving text and lively illustrations, and featuring the life stories of athletes from the Paralympic Games Ludwig helped create, this story of the man who saved lives through sports will inspire readers of all backgrounds.

Product Details

$17.99  $16.55
Houghton Mifflin
Publish Date
April 07, 2020
7.4 X 0.7 X 10.1 inches | 1.25 pounds

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About the Author

Lori Alexander is the author of several board books and picture books. She made her chapter book biography debut with ALL IN A DROP. She resides in Tucson, Arizona with her family. Visit her at www.lorialexanderbooks.com, on Twitter @LoriJAlexander and on Instagram @lorijalex

Allan Drummond is the illustrator of many children's books, including The Journey that Saved Curious George. He studied illustration at the Royal College of Art in London and has lived and worked in France and the USA. Visit him at www.allandrummond.com.


"Informative, engaging, and important."--Kirkus

"[T]his inspirational biography... highlights the power of sport to motivate and heal while demonstrating how the dedication of one pioneering doctor continues to mean a life-changing difference for many." --Publishers Weekly

"This heartwarming biography will appeal to anyone who supports equal rights and disability justice." --Booklist

"An uplifting biography that spotlights the dedicated physician who saved lives, created the Paralympic Games, and became a pioneer for disability rights.​" --School Library Journal

"Period photographs and Drummond's watercolor illustrations are well balanced to capture the grim reality and uplifting optimism surrounding the mid-twentieth century approach to disabilities. With short chapters, a fluent text, and the timeline, index, bibliography, and notes to support student research, this engaging title will be welcome for in-class and independent reading." --The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books