Billie Jean King: Tennis Star & Social Activist

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Legendary Athletes introduces readers to the people who have made significant impacts both athletically and socially. Billie Jean King: Tennis Star & Social Activist highlights Billie Jean King's childhood and rise to fame. Career highlights, battles along the way, and humanitarian contributions are also discussed. The tennis star's lasting legacy is told through informative sidebars, captivating photos, and engaging text. SportsZone is an imprint of ABDO Publishing Company.

Interest Level Grade 5 - Grade 12
Reading Level Grade 7
BISACS JNF007100, JNF054120, JNF007110
Genre Nonfiction
Subject Biographies, History, Sports
Copyright 2011
Division Abdo Publishing
Imprint SportsZone
Language English
Number of Pages 112
Season 2011-01-01
ISBN 9781617147579, 9781617842399
Title Format Reinforced Library Bound Hardcovers, Anywhere eBooks
Dewey 796.342092
Graphics Full-color illustrations, 1-color illustrations
Dimensions 6.25 x 9.25
Guided Reading Level W
ATOS Reading Level 7.4
ATOS Interest Level MG
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 142915
Accelerated Reader® Points 2.0
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Billie Jean King (Legendary Athletes) – Booklist

The name Billie Jean King may not be as well known as it once was, but it’s certainly at home in the Legendary Athletes series. The accessible and well-written narrative moves chronologically, beginning with King’s early life before covering her tennis triumphs, including a more detailed explanation of the King-Riggs tennis match and her life after she left the sport. A time line, fact page, source notes, and other back matter are appended.

Legendary Athletes Set 1 – Horn Book Guide

These reasonably comprehensive volumes explore the title athletes’ childhoods, early careers, and rise within sports. Admirable attention is paid to the societal and political constraints facing the men and women, in addition to their own social activism. A good selection of photographs are included.

Legendary Athletes Set 1 – School Library Journal, Series Made Simple

These highly detailed works go beyond merely discussing the accomplishments of the athletes profiled—they also explore the social and political influences the figures had on society as a whole. In addition, they introduce historical events in the context of the subjects’ lives. For example, a sidebar in Ashe discusses the importance of the 13th Amendment while talking about the racism the tennis player faced as a child. There is an emphasis on race relations in these books, as well as on how the first respected female athletes paved the way for their successors. This series is teeming with information and is a must-purchase for sports fans and readers interested in social activism.

Author: Marty Gitlin