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Becoming Muhammad Ali a novel

by Patterson, James, 1947-

Format: Book on MP3 Disc 2020
Availability: Available at 1 Library 1 of 1 copy
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Sewickley Public Library Juvenile Audiovisual MP3 JF PAT
Location  Sewickley Public Library
Collection  Juvenile Audiovisual
Call Number  MP3 JF PAT
From two heavy-hitters in children's literature comes a critically acclaimed biographical novel of cultural icon Muhammad Ali. *"This utterly delightful story about Ali's childhood is a smash hit." --School Library Journal (starred review) Longlisted for the 2022-2023 Indiana Young Hoosier Book Award, and nominated for the 2021-2022 Black Eyed Susan Book Award! Before he was a household name, Cassius Clay was a kid with struggles like any other. Kwame Alexander and James Patterson join forces to vividly depict his life up to age seventeen in both prose and verse, including his childhood friends, struggles in school, the racism he faced, and his discovery of boxing. Readers will learn about Cassius' family and neighbors in Louisville, Kentucky, and how, after a thief stole his bike, Cassius began training as an amateur boxer at age twelve. Before long, he won his first Golden Gloves bout and began his transformation into the unrivaled Muhammad Ali. Fully authorized by and written in cooperation with the Muhammad Ali estate, and vividly brought to life by Dawud Anyabwile's dynamic artwork, Becoming Muhammad Ali captures the budding charisma and youthful personality of one of the greatest sports heroes of all time.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Before boxer Muhammad Ali was "The Greatest," he was a boy named Cassius Clay in Louisville, Kentucky, who aspired to be a winner. In this fictionalized biography, powerhouse authors Patterson and Alexander chronicle teenaged Clay's rise to fame in 10 chapter "rounds." A childhood friend called Lucky starts each round with a prose narrative that sets the scenes to come in free verse poems told from Clay's perspective. The poems, often rhythmic and reminiscent of the boxer's inspiring, humorous, and artful expressions, relate Clay's working-class neighborhood with its close friendships, bullies, and first ups and downs with love. Still more poems recount the teen's undiagnosed learning disabilities, his coping skills, and his burgeoning views on racism. Readers feel the intensity rise in energetic poems that describe his fortuitous entry into boxing, focused training, quick thinking--on and off his feet--and prominent boxing matches leading up to his Golden Gloves championships and Olympic gold medal. Together, the prose and poems reflect Clay's both public bravado and private humbleness as well as his appreciation and respect for family and friends. The "Final Round" gives a brief look at Ali's professional career as heavyweight champion of the world and his guiding beliefs against injustice. Adding to the punch are Anyabwile's large, expressive illustrations in a comic-book style. A knockout!"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Newbery Medalist Alexander (The Crossover) teams up with Patterson (the Max Einstein series) to deliver this propulsive fictionalized biography of boxer, activist, and cultural icon Muhammad Ali, beginning with his early life as Cassius Clay. Structured in "rounds" in lieu of chapters, anecdotal narration describes his rise to prominence, starting with 16-year-old Cassius's 1958 fight for the Golden Gloves championship and ending with his 2016 death after receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Alternating narrators tell the story: prose lines by Lucky, a childhood friend of Cassius's, gives readers a front-seat view of the boxer's young life in the West End of Louisville, Ky.--his supportive working-class parents, his dislike of school, and his experiences with segregation--and his gradual ascent from Golden Gloves hopeful to three-time world heavyweight champion. In spare, witty lines of free verse, Cassius's narrative illustrates his charisma, drive, and work to, in his beloved grandfather's words, "know who you are, Cassius. And whose you are. Know where you going and where you from." Black-and-white art by Anyabwile (The Crossover graphic novel adaptation) visually anchors scenes both domestic and iconic in this powerful, accessible view of a fascinating figure. Ages 8--12. (Oct.)"
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Additional Information
Subjects Ali, Muhammad, -- 1942-2016 -- Juvenile fiction.
Boxers (Sports) -- Juvenile fiction.
African Americans -- Juvenile fiction.
Biographical fiction.
Historical fiction.
Children's audiobooks.
Publisher Solon, Ohio :2020
Edition Unabridged.
Contributors Alexander, Kwame, author, narrator.
Playaway Digital Audio, publisher.
Findaway World, LLC, distributor.
Participants/Performers Read by the author Kwame Alexander.
Language English
Notes Release date supplied by publisher.
One set of earphones and one AAA battery required for listening.
System Details Issued on Playaway, a dedicated audio media player.
Description 1 audio media player (approximately 3 hr.) : digital, HD audio ; 3 3/8 x 2 1/8 in.
ISBN 9781549186332
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