Athletes Who Made a Difference
From the Series Athletes Who Made a Difference
In 1936, Adolf Hitler attempted to make the Olympic Games in Berlin, Germany, a showcase of Nazi superiority with a new stadium and the first television broadcast of the Games. He didn’t account for African-American sprinter and long jumper James Cleveland “Jesse” Owens, who smashed records throughout his track and field career.
Owens turned Hitler’s Olympic vision on its head by winning four gold medals in the 100m, 200m, 4×100m relay and long jump. Along the way, he broke or equaled nine Olympic records and set three world records. In graphic nonfiction style, this biography takes readers from Owens’s early life to his historic athletic triumphs.
|Interest Level||Grade 3 - Grade 6|
|Reading Level||Grade 4|
|Genre||Graphic Novels, Nonfiction|
|Category||5 Kinds of Nonfiction, 5KN: Narrative Nonfiction, Diverse Books: Race & Ethnicity, Diverse Books: Social Justice, Diversity, SEL: A Self-Awareness, SEL: B Self-Management, SEL: C Social Awareness, Social Emotional Learning|
|Publisher||Lerner Publishing Group|
|Imprint||Graphic Universe ™, Lerner Digital ™|
|Number of Pages||32|
Author: Blake Hoena
Blake Hoena has written more than one hundred books for children, including an original graphic novel series, Eek & Ack, and graphic novel retellings of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Peter Pan. Blake lives in Saint Paul, Minnesota, with his wife, two dogs, two cats, and hundreds of comics.
Illustrator: David Shephard
David Shephard is an illustrator who lives in the UK.