Becoming Muhammad Ali

by Kwame Alexander and James Patterson illustrated by Dawud Anyabwile

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Who was he before he became the greatest fighter of all time? An inside look at Muhammad Ali as a teen—written in a mix of prose and verse!
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Before he was a household name, Cassius Clay was a kid with struggles like any other. Kwame Alexander and James Patterson join forces to vividly depict his life up to age 17 in both prose and verse, including his childhood friends, struggles in school, the racism he faced, and his discovery of boxing. 

Readers will learn about Cassius’s family and neighbors in Louisville, Kentucky, and how, after a thief stole his bike, Cassius began training as an amateur boxer at age 12. Before long, he won his first Golden Gloves bout and began his transformation into the unrivaled Muhammad Ali.

Fully authorized by and written in cooperation with the Muhammad Ali estate, and vividly brought to life by Dawud Anyabwile’s dynamic artwork, Becoming Muhammad Ali captures the budding charisma and youthful personality of one of the greatest sports heroes of all time.
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    • Grades: 4 - 7
    • Ages: 9 - 12
  • Product Type: Book
  • Page Count: 320 pages
  • Dimensions: 5 1/4" x 7 1/2"
  • Language: English
  • ISBN 13: 978-0-759-55468-9