A Nation's Hope: The Story of Boxing Legend Joe Louis (Hardcover)

A Nation's Hope: The Story of Boxing Legend Joe Louis By Matt De La PeÑA, Kadir Nelson (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Matt De La PeÑA, Kadir Nelson (Illustrator)
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On the eve of World War II, African American boxer Joe Louis fought German Max Schmeling in a bout that had more at stake than just the world heavyweight title; for much of America their fight came to represent America's war with Germany. This elegant and powerful picture book biography centers around the historic fight in which Black and White America were able to put aside prejudice and come together to celebrate our nation's ideals.

About the Author

Matt de la Pena, an acclaimed novelist, lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Kadir Nelson, New York Times bestselling author and two-time Caldecott Honor winner lives in San Diego, California.

Praise For…

Awards for A Nation's Hope:A New York Times Best Illustrated Book of the Year (2011), A Booklist Top Ten Biographies for Youth 2011, A School Library Journal Best Book of the Year (2011), A Booklist Editors’ Choice Best Book of the Year (2011)

Praise  for A Nation's Hope:
"Spare, evocative verse melds with the eloquent illustrations to create palpable energy around the fight and Louis's struggle to the top."
Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Spectacularly illustrated and smoothly cadanced."
Booklist (starred review)

"Stunning art and dramatic storytelling."
School Library Journal (starred review)

"de la Pena's tersely poetic narration is riveting, and Nelson's oil paintings draw viewers directly into the ring."
BCCB (starred review)

Product Details
ISBN: 9780803731677
ISBN-10: 0803731671
Publisher: Dial Books
Publication Date: January 20th, 2011
Pages: 40
Language: English