While Muhammad Ali is one of the most recognizable faces on the planet, many people have lost sight of who he once was– a teenage Olympic gold medal winner and an improbable twenty-four-year-old heavyweight champion of the world, who shocked his fellow Americans by announcing he’d joined a controversial black nationalist organization, had changed his name from Cassius Clay to Muhammad Ali, and would not fight in the Vietnam War, which he considered immoral and unjust.
Ali: An American Champion tells his story as though it is happening in real time. Through extensive research, the author has created newspaper articles, interviews, opinion pieces, and more. Together they recapture the complex, outspoken, provocative, and principled Muhammad Ali during his years of growth, conflict, and triumph. A Junior Library Guild selection.
Age Range: 8 – 12 years
Grade Level: 3 – 7
Hardcover: 96 pages
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (September 23, 2014)
Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.6 x 9 inches