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About the Author
Jim Haskins (1941-2005) was the author of over one hundred books and had an unrivaled background in writing African-American nonfiction for young readers. Among his many awards were the Coretta Scott King Medal, which he received in 1977 for The Story of Stevie Wonder and six Honor citations.Eric Velasquez won the Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Award for his illustrations in The Piano Man. He graduated from the School of Visual Arts and now lives in Hartsdale, New York. Visit him online at www.ericvelasquez.com.
"Haskins and Velasquez pay tribute to Muhammad Ali in this rather adoring yet noteworthy biography, which brings to light the boxing great's many types of triumphs...Velasquez does justice to the subject with his imaginatively conceived oil paintings; sometimes these approach a photographic crispness, sometimes they suggest Ali's inner victories and struggles. Informative and inspiring." - starred review, Publishers Weekly
"This book should find an immediate audience." - School Library Journal