A Nation's Hope

The Story of Boxing Legend Joe Louis

By Peña, Matt de la

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ISBN
978-0-80373-167-7
Publisher
Dial


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School Library Journal

Starred Review on February 1, 2011

Gr 3–5—With stunning art and dramatic storytelling, Nelson and de la Peña recount the story behind the 1938 boxing match between American champ Joe Louis and "Hitler's German," Max Schmeling. As the nation edged closer to war, Joe Louis felt the weight of expectations on his shoulders, along with the aspirations of his race. He had already overcome obstacles: in childhood, he was ridiculed for his stammer: "words spinning just beyond/Joe's grasp." Salvation appeared at the boxing gym, where he wor...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Magazine

Reviewed on January 1, 2011

It's 1938, and the atmosphere at Yankee Stadium is electric—with good reason: heavyweight boxing champion Joe Louis is squaring off against Max Schmeling. On the eve of World War II, the rematch against the formidable German, the only man who has knocked Louis down, is a matter of national pride. Americans, regardless of color, support Louis and oppose Schme...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Guide

Reviewed on January 1, 2011

On the eve of WWII, Joe Louis squares off against formidable German Max Schmeling, a symbol of the Nazi regime. De la Pe...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

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