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Athlete Biographies Series
Author: David A. Adler
Illustrators: Terry Widener, Gordon C. James
Number of Books in Series: 6
Age Group: 5 - 9 years

Reading Level: AR Levels 3.2-4.9
GLE 2.8-5.1
F&P/GRL M-T
DRA 24-50
Lexile 330-840

Book 1 Summary: Traces the life of the Yankees' star ballplayer, focusing on his character and his struggle with the terminal disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.


Athlete Biographies Book List:



The books in this series are unrelated (different characters and setting) and can be read in any order.

Publication Order

Book 1: Lou Gehrig: The Luckiest Man
Ages 5-9. March 1, 1997.
AR: 4.6 (0.5 Point, Quiz #14422);  GLE: 3.5
F&P/GRL: O;  DRA: 34

Book 2: America's Champion Swimmer: Gertrude Ederle
Ages 5-9. March 1, 2000.
AR: 4.4 (0.5 Point, Quiz #39864);  GLE: 3.4
F&P/GRL: M;  DRA: 24

Book 3: The Babe & I
Ages 5-9. April 1, 1999.
AR: 3.2 (0.5 Point, Quiz #29938);  GLE: 2.8
F&P/GRL: O;  DRA: 30

Book 4: Joe Louis: America's Fighter
Ages 5-9. November 1, 2005.
AR: 4.7 (0.5 Point, Quiz #88392);  GLE: 4.8
F&P/GRL: O;  DRA: 34

Book 5: Satchel Paige: Don't Look Back
Ages 5-9. January 1, 2007.
AR: 4.7 (0.5 Point, Quiz #107529);  GLE: 5.1
F&P/GRL: T;  DRA: 50

Book 6: Campy, the Story of Roy Campanella
Ages 5-9. March 15, 2007.
AR: 4.9 (0.5 Point, Quiz #113937)

Book Sets: Sets of Up to 6 Books


List of Awards:

1997 Boston Globe Horn Book Honor Book
1997 National Parenting Publications Gold Award Winner
1997 Marion Vannett Ridgway Memorial Award Honor Book
1997 New York Public Library 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing
Bulletin Blue Ribbon Book
San Francisco Chronicle Book Review Best Books of the Year
1997 ALA Most Notable Book
IRA Teachers Choice
2000 New Jersey Garden State Children's Book Award/Non-Fiction
Junior Library Guild List
2001 Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Award
2001 Orbis Pictus Award Honor Book
2000 Capital Choices
1999 Smithsonian Best Children's Book list
1999 Miami Herald Best Children's Books
1999 ABA Pick of the List
2000-2001 Kentucky Bluegrass Award Winner
2000 Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Award
2002–2003 California Young Reader medal


Other Websites for Additional Information:

Author Website for David A. Adler




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