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  • Twelve Rounds to Glory The Story of Muhammad Ali

Twelve Rounds to Glory The Story of Muhammad Ali

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12 Rounds to Glory

From the moment a fired up teenager won 1960's Olympic Gold to the day when a retired legend, hands shaking from Parkinson disease, returned to raise the Olympic torch, the boxer known as "The Greatest" waged many a fight. Some were in the ring, some against opponents like Sonny Liston and Joe Frazier.  Others were against societal prejudice and a war which he refused to support because of his religious faith. The rap inspired verse weaves and bobs and jabs, while bold collage artwork matches every move, capturing the "Louisville loudmouth with the great gift of rhyme" who shed the name Cassius Clay to take on the world as Muhammad Ali.  Includes a time line on back.

Charles R. Smith Jr. is an award winning childrens book author, photographer and poet with over thirty books to his credit. His awards include a Coretta Scott King Award for Illustration for his photographs accompanying the Langston Hughes poem, “My People” and a Coretta Scott King Honor Author Award for his biography on Muhammad Ali, “Twelve Rounds to Glory.” Many of his books have also garnered reluctant reader awards, proving that kids that don’t like to read, do like to read his books.

Charles combines his passions of writing and photography with a variety of subjects that spark his interest. Even though his early books such as “Rimshots”, “Hoop Kings” and “Hoop Queens focus on basketball, Charles has shown the ability to apply his talents to a variety of subjects, including diversity with “I Am America” and "I Am the World", Greek mythology with “The Mighty 12”, how slaves built the White House with "Brick by Brick" and Negro League baseball with “Stars in the Shadows” to name a few. His poetry has also been used to paint unique biographical portraits of personal heroes such as the aforementioned Ali, boxer Jack Johnson and soon, guitarist Jimi Hendrix.

Of the distinctive niche Charles fills with his books, he notes, "I want to show students, particularly boys, that there are many ways to pursue their interests, no matter what they may be."

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