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Twelve Rounds to Glory (12 Rounds to Glory)

Twelve Rounds to Glory (12 Rounds to Glory)

The Story of Muhammad Ali

Illustrated by Bryan Collier


Twelve Rounds to Glory (12 Rounds to Glory)

About the Book

A dynamic author-illustrator team follows the threetime heavyweight champ through twelve rounds of a remarkable life.

"Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee. . . . I’m the prettiest thing that ever lived!"

From the moment a fired-up teenager from Kentucky won 1960 Olympic gold to the day in 1996 when a retired legend, hands shaking from Parkinson’s, returned to raise the Olympic torch, the boxer known as "The Greatest" waged many a fight. Some were in the ring, against opponents like Sonny Liston and Joe Frazier; others were against societal prejudice and against a war he refused to support because of his Islamic faith. Charles R. Smith Jr.’s rap-inspired verse weaves and bobs and jabs with relentless energy, while Bryan Collier’s bold collage artwork matches every move — capturing the "Louisville loudmouth with the great gift of rhyme" who shed the name Cassius Clay to take on the world as Muhammad Ali.
Back matter includes a time line.

Product Details

On sale: November 13, 2007
Age: 10 and up
Grade: Grade 5 & Up
Page count: 80 Pages
ISBN: 9780763616922
Reading level: Fountas/Pinnell: V

Author Bio

Charles R. Smith Jr. is the author of Hoop Queens and its companion, Hoop Kings. He also wrote and illustrated the American Library Association Notable Book Rimshots: Basketball Pix, Rolls, and Rhythms, among other titles. Charles R. Smith Jr. lives in Poughkeepsie, New York.

Bryan Collier
 is the illustrator of several award-winning books, including UptownA Freedom RiverMartin's Big Words, and Visiting Langston, all winners of the Coretta Scott King Award (USA). He lives in New York, USA.


Collier's bold pictures...are among the best of his illustrious career, capturing both nuance and excitement.
—Booklist (starred review)