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Arthur Ashe : of tennis & the human spirit
Martin, Marvin.
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
New York : Franklin Watts, [1999]

Physical Description:
176 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Discusses the personal life and sports career of the African-American tennis champion, Arthur Ashe, as well as his struggles with racism and AIDS.
Reading Level:
1130 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR UG 8.6 7.0 1772.

Reading Counts RC High School 8.3 11 Quiz: 19257 Guided reading level: V.
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Material Type
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GV994.A7 M37 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
GV994.A7 M37 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Black History Non-Circ

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In this riveting biography of tennis great Arthur Ashe, readers will come to know the man he was on and off the court. Throughout his remarkable life, he proved himself a gentleman and a sports hero, a devoted husband and father, and a role model for the world.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Gr. 6^-12. Few tennis players of any race have received the accolades given Ashe throughout a long, illustrious career that began with every disadvantage imaginable. His slender frame made coaches reject him, thinking him too frail to hold a racket. With his mother dead, Ashe's father kept such tight reins on his children's activities that Arthur could not practice after school. Most disheartening of all, once he showed the aptitude for being a champion, he discovered that no African Americans had ever participated in the prestigious tournaments that could fully test his talents. But with confident resolve, Ashe triumphed, becoming known as much for his humanitarian efforts and his dignified struggle against racism as for the tennis achievements that included being the first black world champion. In Martin's informative biography, steadfast and quietly determined Ashe comes across as a noble, if less-than-riveting, subject. Fortunately, the book builds momentum when covering the Ashe-Connors rivalry, and becomes poignant when describing Ashe's losing battle against AIDS. Notes; list of resources. --Roger Leslie

School Library Journal Review

Gr 6-9Ashes work ethic and strength of character, instilled at a young age by his father, served him well throughout his life and professional career. In addition to his outstanding tennis firsts, Ashe will also be remembered for his battle with AIDS, his stance against apartheid in South Africa, his struggles against the racism he encountered professionally and personally, his patriotism, and the many tennis camps he sponsored for underprivileged children. However, the emphasis of this biography is on his many tennis accomplishments rather than on his role-model/modern-hero qualities. This book is well documented with chapter-by-chapter source notes and has an extensive index. The black-and-white photographs are well chosen and support the written text; however, one caption mixes up John McEnroe and Ashe. An additional purchase where there is a need for biographies detailing athletic prowess.Lynda Short, Paul Laurence Dunbar High School, Lexington, KY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.