Unbeatable: How Crispus Attucks Basketball Broke Racial Barriers and Jolted the World

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Price
$12.99  $12.08
Publisher
Square Fish
Publish Date
Pages
224
Dimensions
5.8 X 8.6 X 0.7 inches | 0.65 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9781250780706

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About the Author

Phillip Hoose is the author of Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice, a National Book Award winner and a Newbery Honor Book. His other books include Moonbird: A Year on the Wind with the Great Survivor B95, also a Robert F. Sibert Honor Book; The Boys Who Challenged Hitler, a Sibert Honor and Boston Globe-Horn BookNonfiction Honor Winner; and We Were There, Too!, a National Book Award finalist. Mr. Hoose lives in Portland, Maine.

Reviews

"Hoose does a brilliant job of portraying the surrounding historical context, exploring the migration of black families from the South to Indiana, showing how Jim Crow practices were just as present in the North as in the South, and describing the deep groundswell of support for basketball in Indiana. . ..Attucks! doesn't pretend that we've outlived the racism of the American past, all the while showing readers how being grounded in one's self-worth and committed to the pursuit of excellence can have a lasting impact on a community. A powerful, awe-inspiring basketball-driven history." --Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"Excessively readable, this should appeal to sports fans and those looking for a good book about the civil rights era. Exemplary notes and sources will push readers--adults included--to learn even more." --Booklist, starred review

"The evolving fast-break style of play, the local rivalries, and the sheer prowess of individual players guarantee a compelling read, but the story of how a mini dynasty of high school players turned the tables on segregationists extends interest beyond sports fans. . .When kids think they've reached the end of their civil rights era education, hand them this." --The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, starred review

"Hoose balances this exposé of basketball's racist history with thrilling game accounts, character insight, and great sympathy." --Publishers Weekly, starred review

"With sharp insight and an engaging writing style, the author relates how high school basketball engulfed the way of life in different Indiana communities and was instrumental in dismantling parts of segregation. Numerous black-and-white photos and newspaper articles supplement this exceedingly engaging work. . .A great purchase for YA nonfiction collections." --School Library Journal

"Hoose demonstrates how young people can affect history. . .[A] thought-provoking volume." --The Horn Book

"A fresh, revelatory look at a familiar story that is central to understanding Indianapolis." --The Indianapolis Star

"I'd always been a fan of Oscar Robertson, arguably the best basketball player of the twentieth century, but until I read Attucks!--the thrilling, moving, enlightening story of his roots in deeply segregated Indianapolis--I had no idea of how important a life he had led." --Robert Lipsyte, author of SportsWorld: An American Dreamland