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Nothing but Trouble: The Story of Althea…

Nothing but Trouble: The Story of Althea Gibson

by Sue Stauffacher

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This is an excellent picture book biography. I don't know that it's subject was reflected in such a positive light, but the research was thorough and the writing was strong. ( )
  matthewbloome | May 19, 2013 |
Sue Stauffacher tells the story of Althea Gibson, the first African American ever to compete for and win a Wimbledon Cup. The reader learns that as a child Althea was considered "trouble." However, she had one person that truly believed in her and encouraged her to work hard at her gift. A beautiful book that can provide encouragement and hope in all children. ( )
  AleciaDesselle | Feb 20, 2013 |
This was a great story about a woman who changed tennis so that African Americans could also be respected in the sport. More than Althea making a difference though I think that this story does a great job of showing what believing in someone can do. Buddy Walker always believed in Althea even when no one else did and that made her want to work harder and be better. I think this would be a great message to share with students that you may not be the person making the biggest difference but you can make a small difference to one person and it still means a lot. ( )
  LauraMcQueen | Feb 13, 2013 |
Before tennis, young Althea was a tomboy from Harlem. She used to play stickball, basketball, she ran fast, skipped class after recess, and played paddle tennis. Everyone would say she is, "nothing but trouble." One day, a local musician noticed she had talent, and so he introduced her to tennis. At first she had problems with how she was supposed to act, but she soon realized having an attitude affected her game. So she learned to use her anger to hit the ball harder, and then went on to win the Wimbledon Cup. ( )
  RebeccaMichelet | Apr 27, 2012 |
tennis player! Persistence!
  creischl | Apr 16, 2010 |
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ALTHEA IS NOTHING BUT TROUBLE! Everyone agrees: her mama, her daddy, her teacher, even the policeman. But when Buddy Walker, the play leader on Althea's street in Harlem, watches her play paddle tennis, he sees something more: pure possibility. Buddy buys Althea her very own stringed tennis racket, and before long, she's on her way to becoming a great athlete - and to proving that she's more than just trouble.

Althea Gibson, born in 1927, was the first African American ever to compete in and win the Wimbledon Cup. Sue Stauffacher's lively text, paired with vibrant paintings by artist Greg Couch, captures the exuberance, ambition, and triumph of this remarkable woman.

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A biography of Althea Gibson, the first black tennis player to ever compete in what is now known as the U.S. Open, and in the Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, England.

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