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The Quickest Kid in Clarksville

The Quickest Kid in Clarksville

By Pat Zietlow Miller, Illustrated by Frank Morrison


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It's the day before the big parade. Alta can only think about one thing: Wilma Rudolph, three-time Olympic gold medalist. She'll be riding on a float tomorrow. See, Alta is the quickest kid in Clarksville, Tennessee, just like Wilma once was. It doesn't matter that Alta's shoes have holes because Wilma came from hard times, too. But what happens when a new girl with shiny new shoes comes along and challenges Alta to a race? Will she still be the quickest kid? The Quickest Kid in Clarksville is a timeless story of dreams, determination, and the power of friendship.

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Size: 9 x 11 in;
Pages: 40 pp;
Age Range: 4-6
Format: Hardcover
Publication: February 2016
ISBN: 9781452129365
Pat Zietlow Miller began her writing career in college as a sports reporter and has had a fascination with Wilma Rudolph ever since. Pat is the author of several picture books and lives in Madison, Wisconsin.

Frank Morrison is the Coretta Scott King Honor Award–winning illustrator of many books for young people. He lives Atlanta, Georgia.

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Media Reviews

"Gentle tribute to the legend of the pathbreaking African-American sprinter Wilma Rudolph." —The New York Times

"All children will relate to the powerful lessons about jealousy, determination, confidence, dreams, and friendship." —Booking Mana

“A story about teamwork and determination.” —Publishers Weekly

“Sweet and inspiring.” —Kirkus Reviews

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