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Becoming Muhammad Ali
by James Patterson and Kwame Alexander

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    List Price: $16.99
    Format: Hardcover, 320 pages
    Classification: Nonfiction
    Target Age Group: Middle Grade
    ISBN13: 9780316498166
    Imprint: JIMMY Patterson Books
    Publisher: Hachette Book Group
    Parent Company: Hachette Livre
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    Book Description:From two heavy-hitters in children’s literature comes a biographical novel of cultural icon Muhammad Ali, jointly published by Jimmy Patterson Books and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books or Young Readers. Before he was a household name, Cassius Clay was a kid with struggles like any other. Kwame Alexander and James Patterson join forces to vividly depict his life up to age seventeen in both prose and verse, including his childhood friends, struggles in school, the racism he faced, and his discovery of boxing. Readers will learn about Cassius’ family and neighbors in Louisville, Kentucky, and how, after a thief stole his bike, Cassius began training as an amateur boxer at age 12. Before long, he won his first Golden Gloves bout and began his transformation into the unrivaled Muhammad Ali. Fully authorized by and written in cooperation with the Muhammad Ali estate, Becoming Muhammad Ali dynamically captures the budding charisma and youthful personality of one of the greatest sports heroes of all time.

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