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MUHAMMAD ALI (Matt Christopher Legends in Sports)

Author: Glenn Stout

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Publisher: Little, Brown & Company,

Material: paperback

Summary: From a cocky teen to a mature man with a purpose, Muhammed Ali takes us all on a journey into the passion of a sport widely misunderstood. This is a book that convey's boxing's great image with great skill.

Type of Reading: family reading, independent reading

Recommended Age: read together: 8 to 10; read yourself: 9 to 12

Interest Level: 8 to 10

Age of Child: na

Young Reader Reaction: Reviewer did not read with child.

Adult Reader Reaction: Having watched the movie, Ali starring Will Smith, I thought I knew everything there was to know about Muhammed Ali. That is, until I picked up a copy of this compact book. It is 118 pages filled with so much interesting commentary and history about Muhammed Ali that I read the entire thing in one sitting.

Pros: Despite the topic, the book never falls prey to graphic descriptions. Its matter-of-fact tone makes it a perfect book for middle school children who are looking for a hero. They’ll find what they seek in Muhammed Ali. By the end of the book you will be convinced that he truly is the greatest man on earth.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Buy! Boxing is only the medium, the story is about perseverence, goals, and being true to one's self.

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Educational Themes: Stout is able to show us the skill behind the sport. The story makes it clear (using boxing as the "analogy") that it takes dedication and hard work to make a master.

Literary Categories: Nonfiction - sports, middle grade series, biography

Date(s) Reviewed: June 2005

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