August 25 Birthday: NOTHING BUT TROUBLE: THE STORY OF ALTHEA GIBSON

Althea Gibson, athlete, tennis player, golf player
b. August 25, 1927
d. August 19, 1906

NOTHING BUT TROUBLE: THE STORY OF ALTHEA GIBSON (Random House, 2011)

by Sue Stauffacher
illustrated by Greg Couch

Overview

Althea is nothing but trouble! Everyone agrees: her
mama, her daddy, her teacher, even the policeman. But when Buddy Walker,
the play leader on Althea’s street in Harlem, watches her play paddle
tennis, he sees something more: pure possibility. Buddy buys Althea her
very own stringed tennis racket, and before long, she’s on her way to
becoming a great athlete—and to proving that she’s more than just
trouble.

Althea Gibson was the first
African American ever to compete in and win the Wimbledon Cup. Born in
1927, she was a spirited child and became an enormously talented
athlete. Sue Stauffacher’s lively text, paired with vibrant paintings by
artist Greg Couch, captures the exuberance, ambition, and triumph of
this remarkable woman. Readers will cheer from the stands as Althea
transforms from playground tomboy to Wimbledon champion.
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