Rena Glickman, Queen of Judo

  • Interest Level: Kindergarten - Grade 3
  • Reading Level: Grade 2

Rena Glickman, known professionally as Rusty Kanokogi, was a Jewish girl who grew up to become the preeminent female judo master of her time, overcoming many odds. At a time when judo was a sport strictly for boys and men, Rusty was determined to practice the sport she loved.

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Interest Level Kindergarten - Grade 3
Reading Level Grade 2
Genre Picture Books
Category 5 Kinds of Nonfiction, 5KN: Narrative Nonfiction, Diverse Books: Feminism, Diverse Books: Social Class, Diverse Books: Social Justice, Diversity
Copyright 2022
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Kar-Ben Publishing ®
Language English
Number of Pages 32
Publication Date 2022-05-01
Text Type Narrative Nonfiction
BISACS JNF007120, JNF007100, JNF054080
Dewey 796.815/2
Dimensions 9.25 x 11
Lexile 810
Features Author/Illustrator note and Reviewed

Author: Eve Nadel Catarevas

Eve Nadel Catarevas enjoys discovering little-known historical figures and sharing their achievements with others. Eve lives in Westport, Connecticut, with two- and four-legged family members.

Illustrator: Martina Peluso

Martina Peluso studied at the Art Institute of Naples. Her artwork has been exhibited throughout the world. Her previous books include Joseph and the Sabbath Fish and Og's Ark. She lives in Naples, Italy, with her cats Peppe and Ernesto.

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Boston College Magazine

Catarevas combines her passion for biographies and children’s literature in her debut picture book. It tells the true story of Rena Glickman, a renowned judo practitioner, known professionally as Rusty Kanokogi, who battled anti-Semitism to become a champion of the sport in the 1950s and ’60s.

Sydney Taylor Shmooze

A biography on Rena Glickman is overdue, and this book portrays her with a powerful independence and unwavering persistence…This book is an enjoyable read and good reference on a little-known champion of women in judo.

Midwest Book Review

“‘Rena Glickman, Queen of Judo’ is an engaging, entertaining and informative read throughout.” — Midwest Book Review

Kirkus Reviews

“A worthy homage to a fascinating woman who was a force for change in a man’s world.” — Kirkus Reviews

The Horn Book Guide

“A welcome addition to the growing canon of picture-book biographies amplifying lesser-known women, with added sports appeal.”―The Horn Book Guide