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Nothing but trouble : the story of Althea Gibson

by Stauffacher, Sue, 1961-

Format: Print Book 2007
Availability: Available at 8 Libraries 8 of 8 copies
Available (8)
Location Collection Call #
CLP - East Liberty Children's Biographies qj GV994.G53 S72 2007
Location  CLP - East Liberty
Collection  Children's Biographies
Call Number  qj GV994.G53 S72 2007
CLP - Main Library First Floor Children's Department - Biography qj GV994.G53 S72 2007
Location  CLP - Main Library
Collection  First Floor Children's Department - Biography
Call Number  qj GV994.G53 S72 2007
Carnegie Library of McKeesport Children Biography J B G357s
Location  Carnegie Library of McKeesport
Collection  Children Biography
Call Number  J B G357s
Cooper-Siegel Community Library Childrens' Room j 92 GIB
Location  Cooper-Siegel Community Library
Collection  Childrens' Room
Call Number  j 92 GIB
Crafton Public Library Juvenile - Biography J 92 BIO GIBSON 2007
Location  Crafton Public Library
Collection  Juvenile - Biography
Call Number  J 92 BIO GIBSON 2007
Mt. Lebanon Public Library Children's Non-Fiction j 92G GIBSON Sta
Location  Mt. Lebanon Public Library
Collection  Children's Non-Fiction
Call Number  j 92G GIBSON Sta
Northland Public Library Children's Biography J B GIBSON
Location  Northland Public Library
Collection  Children's Biography
Call Number  J B GIBSON
Sewickley Public Library Juvenile Biography J B GIBSON 2007
Location  Sewickley Public Library
Collection  Juvenile Biography
Call Number  J B GIBSON 2007
ALTHEA IS NOTHING BUT TROUBLE! Everyone agrees: her mama, her daddy, her teacher, even the policeman. But when Buddy Walker, the play leader on Althea's street in Harlem, watches her play paddle tennis, he sees something more: pure possibility. Buddy buys Althea her very own stringed tennis racket, and before long, she's on her way to becoming a great athlete - and to proving that she's more than just trouble.

Althea Gibson, born in 1927, was the first African American ever to compete in and win the Wimbledon Cup. Sue Stauffacher's lively text, paired with vibrant paintings by artist Greg Couch, captures the exuberance, ambition, and triumph of this remarkable woman.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "This picture-book biography portrays the young Althea Gibson as a troublemaking tomboy who was happiest when she was playing basketball, stickball, and paddle tennis ball. Jazz musician Buddy Walker saw her potential, bought her a tennis racket, and got her into the ritziest tennis club in Harlem, but it took years for Althea to tame her anger and become the first African American player to win at Wimbledon. This athlete's story has innate appeal, and Stauffacher's telling is economical and vivid. Couch's acrylic paintings with digital elements create a vibrant sense of Althea and her world. A swirl of colors surrounds Althea in every scene, identifying her and sometimes highlighting her motions or the intensity of her emotions. An appended author's note provides a fuller history of this exceptional athlete and, in particular, the racial discrimination she faced in the all-white world of tennis in the mid-twentieth century. For more on Gibson suggest Karen Dean's Playing to Win (2007).--Phelan, Carolyn Copyright 2008 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Fifty years ago, in 1957, Althea Gibson became the first African-American to win at Wimbledon and Forest Hills (a feat she repeated in 1958). In rhythmic, conversational prose and vibrantly impressionistic pictures (rendered with a combination of digital imaging and acrylics), Stauffacher (Bessie Smith and the Night Riders) and Couch (Wild Child) brilliantly capture Gibson's trajectory from feisty, undisciplined tomboy to poised champion. Stauffacher appreciates that flawed heroes are the most interesting (they also make for eye-catching titles): "It took time, a good long time, but slowly Althea learned that wanting to slug her opponent as soon as she started losing her match made her a worse tennis player than if she kept her cool.... Althea realized she could dress up in white and act like a lady, and still beat the liver and lights out of the ball." Stauffacher also skillfully handles the many supporting players in Gibson's life; her discussion of Buddy Walker, who first put a tennis racket in Gibson's hand, deepens the narrative and beautifully conveys how the giftedness of one individual can inspire generosity in others. Couch is a terrific match for the author, partnering her plainspoken text with vivid visual lyricism. In one of the most interesting elements in his consistently stunning compositions, a delicate but dynamic rainbow aura swirls around Althea wherever she goes; it's a sharp evocation of her spirited and appealingly prickly personality. Boys and girls of all levels of athleticism will find much inspiration in these pages. Ages 5-8. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Gibson, Althea, -- 1927-2003.
African American women tennis players -- Biography -- Juvenile literature.
Tennis players.
African Americans -- Biography.
Women -- Biography.
Picture books for children.
Publisher New York :Alfred A. Knopf,2007
Edition 1st ed.
Language English
Description 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 29 cm
ISBN 9780375834080 (trade hc.)
0375834087 (trade hc.)
9780375934087 (lib. bdg.)
0375934081 (lib. bdg.)
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