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A Nation’s Hope: The Story of Boxing Legend Joe Louis


A Nation’s Hope: The Story of Boxing Legend Joe Louis

Alethea Allarey

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Written by Matt de la Peña
Illustrated by Kadir Nelson

Published by Dial Books for Young Readers, 2011

2015-2016 Nominee - Picture Books for Older Readers


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.

Click the images below for excerpts from A Nation's Hope, used with permission of the publisher, Penguin.