I Am Jesse Owens (Ordinary People Change the World)

by Brad Meltzer (Author) Christopher Eliopoulos (Illustrator)

I Am Jesse Owens (Ordinary People Change the World)

Just in time for the Summer Olympics, this 33rd book in the New York Times bestselling biography series for ages 5 to 9 features one of the greatest runners in track and field history.

Before Jesse Owens was an Olympic gold medalist, he was a poor kid in a big family. When his speed caught the eye of one of his high school teachers, he began to train seriously and his running took him all the way to the Olympics, where he was against fierce competitors and racist assumptions, breaking world records while winning medals. This friendly, fun biography series inspired the PBS Kids TV show Xavier Riddle and the Secret Museum.

One great role model at a time, these books encourage kids to dream big. Included in each book are: A timeline of key events in the hero's history

Photos that bring the story more fully to life

Comic-book-style illustrations that are irresistibly adorable

Childhood moments that influenced the hero Facts that make great conversation-starters

A virtue this person embodies: Jesse Owens's drive and perseverance are highlighted

You'll want to collect each book in this dynamic, informative series!

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Brad Meltzer
Brad Meltzer is the New York Times bestselling author of Heroes for My Son, Heroes for My Daughter, The Nazi Conspiracy, and a number of suspense novels like The Escape Artist. He also helped find the missing 9/11 flag with his is History Channel television show Brad Meltzer's Lost History. He lives in Florida with his wife and their three children.

Christopher Eliopoulos has worked on thousands of comics, including the graphic novels Cosmic Commandos and Monster Mayhem. He is the author/illustrator of the picture books The Yawns Are Coming! and The Giggles Are Coming! He lives in New Jersey with his wife and their identical twin sons (when the boys are home from college).
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Rocky Pond Books
Publication date
July 02, 2024
Ordinary People Change the World
BISAC categories
JNF018010 - Juvenile Nonfiction | People & Places | United States - African-American
JNF007100 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Biography & Autobiography | Sports & Recreation
JNF054140 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Sports & Recreation | Track & Field
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