Join us as two middle grade authors present wonderful nonfiction books! Along with Deborah Kops (and "The Great Molasses Flood, Boston 1919"), Heather Lang will read and sign "Queen of the Track: Alice Coachman, Olympic High Jump Champion." More about "Queen of the Track:" Things were going badly for the American women's track and field team at the 1948 Olympics in London. One by one the athletes went down to defeat. Finally, any hope of winning rested on the shoulders of an athlete named Alice Coachman. Though it was late in the day and all other competitions were over, thousands of spectators stayed for the high jump event and witnessed history. Alice Coachman became the first African American woman to win a gold medal. In time for the Olympic Games in London, this uplifting picture book follows Alice Coachman from rural Georgia, where she overcame adversity both as a woman and as a black athlete, to her triumph in Wembley Stadium, where King George VI presented her with the Olympic gold. A portion of the author's royalties will be donated to the Alice Coachman Foundation, which helps deserving and proven amateur athletes reach their full potential. Jackie Joyner Kersee, Olympic gold medalist says: "It's my wish that every young person read this inspiring book. Alice Coachman is truly a hero and her accomplishments remind us all to never give up when the odds are against us." (TooFondOfBooks)
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