Althea Gibson: The Story of Tennis' Fleet-of-Foot Girl

by Megan Reid, Laura Freeman

On Sale: 01/21/2020

Althea Gibson: The Story of Tennis' Fleet-of-Foot Girl

by Megan Reid

illustrated by Laura Freeman

On Sale: 01/21/2020

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About the Book

A spirited picture book biography about Althea Gibson, the first black Wimbledon, French, and U.S. Open tennis champion, from debut author Megan Reid and Coretta Scott King Honor–winning illustrator Laura Freeman.

Althea Gibson was the quickest, tallest, most fearless athlete in 1940s Harlem. She couldn’t sit still! When she put her mind to it, the fleet-of-foot girl reigned supreme at every sport—stickball with the boys, basketball with the girls, paddle tennis with anyone who would hit with her.

But being the quickest, tallest, most fearless player in Harlem wasn’t enough for Althea. She knew she could be a tennis champion.

Because of segregation, black people weren’t allowed to compete against white people in sports. Althea didn’t care. She just wanted to play tennis against the best athletes in the world. And with skill and determination, she did just that, eventually becoming the first black person—man or woman—to win a trophy at Wimbledon.

Althea Gibson: The Story of Tennis’ Fleet-of-Foot Girl chronicles this trailblazing athlete’s journey—and the talent, force of spirit, and energy that made it possible for her to break barriers and ascend to the top of the tennis world.

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Critical Praise

“A measured, well-researched winner.” - Kirkus Reviews

“A necessary addition to sports collections.” - ALA Booklist

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780062851093
  • ISBN 10: 0062851098
  • Imprint: Balzer + Bray
  • On Sale: 01/21/2020
  • Pages: 40
  • List Price:21.99 CAD
  • Ages: 4 to 8
  • BISAC1 : JUVENILE NONFICTION / Biography & Autobiography / Sports & Recreation
  • BISAC2 : JUVENILE NONFICTION / Biography & Autobiography / Women
  • BISAC3 : JUVENILE NONFICTION / People & Places / United States / African American

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