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A Nation’s Hope: The Story of Boxing Legend Joe Louis


A Nation’s Hope, written by Matt de la Peña, tells the inspiring story of Joe Louis, an African-American boxer facing adversity in Jim Crow America.  With Black communities longing for a hero, Joe faced the largest fight of his life: a match against Nazi Germany’s strongest boxer.  The clash of these two powerful ideologies and the hope of America in the war rested in his big and powerful hands.  And as Joe found his home in between the ropes, he also found himself uniting Americans of all colors.

The full page panoramic illustrations by Kadir Nelson, a Caldecutt Honor winner, provide beautiful scenery and set the tone for the inspiring story of Americans coming together.  The short sentences and simple story line will draw in young readers, and the frequent alliteration would make for an entertaining read to children.

– Jake and Kyle