Boyds Mills Press   |     Ages: 5 and up   ISBN: 978-1-59078-850   Illustrations copyright © 2012    by   Floyd Cooper

Boyds Mills Press | Ages: 5 and up
ISBN: 978-1-59078-850
Illustrations copyright © 2012
by Floyd Cooper

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When Alice Coachman was a girl, most white people wouldn't even shake her hand. Yet when the King of England placed an Olympic medal around her neck, he extended his hand to Alice in congratulations. Standing on a podium in London's Wembley Stadium, Alice was a long way from the fields of Georgia where she ran barefoot as a child. With a record-breaking leap, she had become the first African-American woman to win an Olympic gold medal. Here is the inspiring story of an athlete who never took her eyes off the prize.

Floyd Cooper is the award-winning illustrator of more than 75 books for children. You can visit him at

*The author's royalties will be donated to the Alice Coachman Foundation, which helps deserving and proven amateur athletes reach their full potential.


"It's my wish that every young person read this inspiring book. Alice Coachman is truly a hero and her accomplishments remind us all to never give up when the odds are against us."
—Jackie Joyner Kersee, Olympic gold medalist

"Lang's descriptive text and Cooper's signature sepia-tone oil illustrations offer a rich, deep depiction of Coachman's determination to overcome obstacles." 

"[T]his biography stands out for the lesser-known details it includes . . . Cooper's grainy sepia-hued pastels are striking; endnotes with more about Coachman and the historic 1948 Olympics support the thorough text."
—The Horn Book

"Lang has done her homework on Coachman."
—The Nonfiction Detectives  

"[A]ccessible enough to appeal to new readers, and detailed enough to jump-start students looking for an excellent candidate for a National History Day project."
—The Denver Post


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2013-2014 Keystone to Reading Elementary Book Award Winner
2013 Amelia Bloomer Project List
2013 CCBC Choice
2012 ALA Notable Nominee