Sixteen Years in Sixteen Seconds: The Sammy Lee Story

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8.1 X 10.7 X 0.2 inches | 0.35 pounds

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About the Author

Paula Yoo is an author and screenwriter whose children's books for Lee & Low include Sixteen Years in Sixteen Seconds, Shining Star, and several titles in the Confetti Kids series. Her titles have been recognized by the International Reading Association, the Texas Bluebonnet Award Masterlist, and Lee & Low's New Voices Award. She and her husband live in Los Angeles, California, where she works in television. You can visit her online at

Dom Lee made his picture-book debut with Baseball Saved Us. He grew up in Seoul, South Korea, and went on to illustrate books in both the United States and Korea. His titles for Lee & Low include Ken Mochizuki's Passage to Freedom and Heroes, as well as the award-winning Sixteen Years in Sixteen Seconds. Lee's unique illustration style involves applying encaustic beeswax on paper, then scratching out images, and finally coloring the images with oil paint. Lee and his wife live in Hollis, New York.


* "This hero's inspirational story demonstrates determination and dedication by a man who never gave up and is still an active athlete today." -- Kirkus Reviews, starred review

* "In her first picture book, winner of the publisher's New Voices Award, Yoo introduces Sammy Lee, the son of Korean immigrants who overcame formidable odds to become an Olympic diving champion, as well as a doctor. . . the uncluttered images leave a deep impact. . . A page of facts closes this handsome, inspiring biography, which will make both an excellent read-aloud for younger children or a read-alone for confident older ones." -- Booklist, starred review

"This inspirational biography recognizes the life of the first Asian American to win an Olympic gold medal, at the 1948 Games in London. . . Lee's painterly illustrations give texture and depth to the full-page spreads. More than a story about discrimination and unfair treatment, this story shows one young man's determination and resolve toward accomplishing a goal in life." -- School Library Journal

"Yoo debuts with an inspiring tribute to the first Asian-American to win an Olympic gold medal. . . [A] motivational tale." -- Publishers Weekly

CCBC Choices - Cooperative Children's Book Center (CCBC)
Comstock Read Aloud Book Award Honor - Minnesota State University Moorhead
Notable Books for a Global Society - International Literacy Association (ILA)
Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People - National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS)
Texas Bluebonnet Award Shortlist - Texas Library Association (TLA)
William Allen White Children's Book Award - Emporia State University