Girls Race!: Amazing Tales of Women in Sports


Never before have so many awesome women been celebrated in one book. The female athletes featured in this book are the best of the best. Their victories thrill us. Their power amazes us. Their talent awes us. And their stories inspire us all.

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Never before have so many awesome women been celebrated in one book. The female athletes featured in this book are the best of the best. Their victories thrill us. Their power amazes us. Their talent awes us. And their stories inspire us all.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Stephanie R. Pearmain
Girls Race! is a book every girl should read (and boys too!). It starts with a powerful statement that unfortunately will most likely resonate with many girls: “They were told they could not compete. They were told they would embarrass the sport. They were told they were ‘just girls’.” This is followed by the fact that female athletes have had to and often still push forward in sports “farther, faster, and holding firmer.” The book highlights a wide variety of amazing female athletes including Ann Trason—the ultramarathon legend, Babe Didrikson Zaharias (who excelled at not just one sport but golf, tennis, basketball, cycling, swimming, diving, and won world championships in multiple sports), and Wilma Rudolph. Also included are favorites such as Billie Jean King and Martina Navratilova. There are profiles of athletes who have had to overcome more extreme obstacles such as Amy Palmiero-Winters who lost a leg but still completes in marathons, triathlons, Ironman, and ultra-marathons with a prosthetic running blade. Bethany Hamilton who lost an arm at 13 when she was attacked by a shark returned successfully to the water and continues to surf. Finally, the book addresses the important work of Patsy Mink and Edith Green who wrote Title IX. This is a great book that highlights the successes of female athletes who have faced multiple barriers in sports competition. The photographs show them in action and work well to inspire readers. Reviewer: Stephanie R. Pearmain; Ages 9 to 12.
School Library Journal
Gr 4–8—These books are eye-catching, engaging, and chock-full of information. With snapshot profiles of numerous inspiring and accomplished women in the fields of sports, politics, music, etc., there's a lot offered in terms of diversity of subjects. However, a lack of a table of contents plunges readers into a frenetic format: each section features a different woman, and there is no discernible order, though, the index helps a little with searching. Sporadically, a spread will focus on a subject (e.g., "Olympic Greats") and only present a text box's worth of information on individual women. The tone of the profiles themselves is also inconsistent. Some are delivered in third-person accounts, but others take a more gimmicky approach with Q & A-style interviews or first-person narratives. Not all of the profiles have time lines. The quick pace sacrifices content, but makes for interesting browsing. Numerous photographs of varying quality dominate the pages.
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Meet the Author

Kathy Allen has published over one dozen books for children. She has previously worked as an editor and in marketing for children's library book publishers. She has a B.A. in English from the University of Minnesota. Allen lives with her husband and their son in Minneapolis.
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