Who Was Jim Thorpe? (Who Was?)

by James Buckley (Author) Stephen Marchesi (Illustrator)

Reading Level: 4th − 5th Grade
Series: Who Was?

Learn about the incredible legacy of the first Native American athlete and Olympian to earn a gold medal for the United States in this exciting addition to the #1 New York Times Best-Selling series.

While most athletes excel in just one sport, Jim Thorpe was different. Born in Oklahoma in 1887, he played both professional football and baseball, and ran track and field. Jim was not only a sports icon but also a trailblazer. Raised as part of the Sac and Fox tribal nation, he was the first Native American person to win an Olympic gold medal for the United States. And although his personal life was not always as successful as his career, Jim remains one of the greatest athletes in American history.

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James Buckley
James Buckley Jr. has been writing sports books for adults and young readers for more than 25 years after working for Sports Illustrated and NFL Publishing. Among his most popular titles are National Baseball Hall of Fame Collection, America's Classic Ballparks, Ballpark Bucket List, Perfect: The Story of Baseball's Perfect Games, Unhittable, Eyewitness Baseball, The Visual Dictionary of Baseball, and Obsessed with Baseball. He is the author of more than 20 sports biographies for young readers, including the graphic nonfiction title Babe Ruth: Baseball's All-Time Best. His company, Shoreline Publishing Group, produces dozens of books each year for major publishers including Penguin, Scholastic, DK, National Geographic Kids, Simon & Schuster/Aladdin, and many others.
Classification
Non-fiction
ISBN-13
9780399542633
Lexile Measure
-
Guided Reading Level
22
Publisher
Penguin Workshop
Publication date
June 20, 2023
Series
Who Was?
BISAC categories
JNF018040 - Juvenile Nonfiction | People & Places | United States - Native American
JNF007100 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Biography & Autobiography | Sports & Recreation
JNF054050 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Sports & Recreation | Football
Library of Congress categories
United States
Baseball players
Athletes
Thorpe, Jim
Indian athletes
Football players
Fox Indians
Sauk Indians (Algonquian)

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