AUTHOR: SUE STAUFFACHER
ILLUSTRATOR: GREG COUCH
DESCRIPTION: The amazing story of challenge and triumph for a wild, tomboy who broke the color barrier in the elite and segregated world of tennis.
WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK: My introduction to Althea Gibson covered her meteoric rise in the world of professional tennis as she traveled the United States and the world winning tournaments and changing the game. Sue Stauffacher’s exciting account brings us front and center with Althea before her transformation when she was better known for using her fists rather than her tennis racket. Voices of family and friends who helped her along the way add a rich contextual flavor to this important story. Greg Couch’s depictions capture the energy and fire that was Althea in her youth and the transformation to acclaimed champion in her adulthood. The importance of the village concept shines through in the many key people who opened their hearts and their resources to a brilliant, young women with raw talent and no where to go. You’ll cheer your way through this beautiful story and be inspired by what can happen when people care enough to stir up the gift in others.
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