Fall 2020

Jesse Owens

Athletes Who Made a Difference

From the Series Athletes Who Made a Difference

  • Interest Level: Grade 3 - Grade 6   ·  
  • Reading Level: Grade 4

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.

Format Your Price
978-1-5415-7815-9
$20.99
978-1-7284-0295-6
$8.99
978-1-5415-9944-4
$31.99
Interest Level Grade 3 - Grade 6
Reading Level Grade 4
Genre Graphic Novels, Nonfiction
Category Diversity, Social Emotional Learning
Copyright 2020
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Graphic Universe ™
Language English
Number of Pages 32
Publication Date 2020-08-04
Text Type Narrative Nonfiction
BISACS JNF054140, JNF062010, JNF062040
Dewey 796.42092 [B]
Dimensions 7 x 9
Lexile 630
Guided Reading Level S
Features Afterword, Bibliography/further reading, Glossary, Index, Original artwork, Source notes, and Table of contents

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.