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On the court with-- Venus and Serena Williams
Stout, Glenn, 1958-
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
Boston : Little, Brown, [2002]

Physical Description:
102 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 6.8 3.0 67171.
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GV994.A1 S86 2002 Juvenile Non-Fiction Biography
GV994.A1 S86 2002 Juvenile Non-Fiction Biography

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Serena and Venus Williams have captured the attention of the tennis crowd. This title contains photographs, their statistics and a list of career highlights for the sisters.

Author Notes

Matt Christopher was born August 16, 1917 in Bath, Pennsylvania. He had a variety of odd jobs before focusing full time on writing including playing shortstop for a Class C minor-league team in Smith Falls, Ontario. He also drove trucks and sold umbrellas and worked in a theater. Christopher finally began his writing career in 1940, when he wrote a detective story that was accepted by Detective Box Magazine in 1943

His first children's book was The Lucky Baseball Bat, published in 1954, which was in print for 25 years. Christopher was the best-selling author of more than fifty sports books for young readers. He is best known for his sports novels for children as well as his many short stories and articles in numerous children's and adults' magazines. His later works include Dirt Bike Racer, The Spy on Third Base, and Skateboard Tough. Christopher wrote 78 books in all and over 250 magazine articles and short stories.

Matt Christopher dies in 1997.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Booklist Review

Gr. 4-6. This latest addition to the Matt Christopher Sports Bio Bookshelf series covers the dual careers of Venus and Serena Williams, setting their place in tennis history, a topic that is well explored. The book focuses primarily on the older Venus, but follows both women from early childhood through 2001 wins. The women are presented as strong, well-educated people devoted to their families and proud of their accomplishments. Controversial topics are discussed, including the role their father has played in their careers and the positive and negative effects race has had on the sisters' popularity and the responsibility they feel because of who they are. Detailed scenes of actual tennis matches will seem long to those more interested in the biographical information. An inset of black-and-white photos captures the women's appeal. Stats and time lines are included. --Marta Segal Block

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 1980-1985 The Tennis Playersp. 1
Chapter 2 1985-1991 Potential Prodigyp. 11
Chapter 3 1991-1994 Tennis Schoolp. 24
Chapter 4 1994 The Professionalp. 35
Chapter 5 1995-1997 Tourney Timep. 46
Chapter 6 1998 Breaking Throughp. 55
Chapter 7 1999 We Are Familyp. 66
Chapter 8 1999 Slamming Sisterp. 74
Chapter 9 1999-2000 Venus Risingp. 87
Chapter 10 2001 Onward and Upward?p. 100