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Extraordinary women athletes
Hasday, Judy L., 1957-
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Publication Information:
New York : Children's Press, [2000]

Physical Description:
288 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Presents brief biographies of nearly fifty women athletes from the twentieth century, including Ora Washington, Althea Gibson, Tenley Albright, Wilma Rudolph, Chris Evert, Nancy Lopez Knight, Jackie Joiner-Kersee, and Janet Evans.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR UG 9.1 13.0 54559.
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GV697.A1 H36 2000 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
GV697.A1 H36 2000 Juvenile Non-Fiction Biography

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Real-life stories of struggle, achievement, victory, and sometimes loss that are an ideal companion for history, social science, language and geography studies. The Extroardinary People series is the perfect starter for students who want to know more about the people who shaped their world, focusing on the unique histories of people from every culture, and every walk of life.

Author Notes

Judy Hasday is the author of several nonfiction books for children.

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Booklist Review

Gr. 6^-12. In this collective biography, familiar names like Sonja Henie and Martina Navratilova appear alongside their less familiar but influential colleagues, such as African American tennis great Ora Washington and Olympic vice-president Anita DeFrantz. The strictly formatted sketches of 45 women have competition as their main focus, with information on childhood, family, and education to round out the picture. A few profiles, unfortunately, are little more than summaries of tournaments and world records. Sprinkled in between the biographies are chapters on athletes in ancient times, the women's baseball league, the WNBA, and female sportscasters. The selection of subjects is overwhelmingly American, though an appendix of nearly 70 more world-class athletes is an attempt to add geographic balance. The writing may not be inspired, but the consistent format of these four-to seven-page biographies plus the wide selection of names and sports makes this a solid place to start a research paper. The volume includes lists of organizations, Web sites, and titles for further reading. --Randy Meyer