More Than a Game

Race, Gender, and Politics in Sports

  • Interest Level: Grade 5 - Grade 12
  • Reading Level: Grade 5

Sports has never been only about what takes place on the playing field. Author and sports fan Matt Doeden explores past and current controversies including black boxer Jack Johnson’s fight with the “Great White Hope” Tommy Burns, Jackie Robinson breaking baseball’s color barrier, Muhammad Ali’s refusal to fight in the Vietnam War, Colin Kaepernick’s protests, #MeToo and the US gymnastics team, and much more. Doeden weaves in information about Jim Crow, the Civil Rights Movement, Black Lives Matter, and other essential background young readers will need. This book is sure to engage everyone interested in sports, history, and civil rights.

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Interest Level Grade 5 - Grade 12
Reading Level Grade 5
Genre Social Studies
Category 5 Kinds of Nonfiction, 5KN: Narrative Nonfiction, Diverse Books: Feminism, Diverse Books: LGBTQIA+, Diverse Books: #MeToo, Diverse Books: Race & Ethnicity, Diverse Books: Social Justice, Diversity, Sports
Copyright 2020
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Millbrook Press ™
Language English
Number of Pages 64
Publication Date 2019-09-03
Text Type Narrative Nonfiction
BISACS JNF054000, JNF053140, JNF023000
Dewey 306.4/83
Graphics 1-color illustrations, Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 9 x 9
Lexile 980
ATOS Reading Level 6.9
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 503914
Accelerated Reader® Points 2.0
Features Author/Illustrator biography, Awards, Bibliography/further reading, Glossary, Index, Reviewed, Sidebars, and Websites

Author: Matt Doeden

Matt Doeden began his career as a sports writer. Since then, he's spent more than a decade writing and editing children's nonfiction. Matt lives in Minnesota with his family.


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