The stone thrower / Jael Ealey Richardson ; pictures by Matt James.

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    • Abstract:
      Summary: Describes the childhood of Chuck Ealey, who dreamed of becoming a football quarterback despite the prejudices he faced as an African American.
    • Notes:
      Issued also in electronic format.
    • ISBN:
      9781554987528 (bound)
      1554987520 (bound)
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Horn Book Guide Reviews 2017 Spring

African American Chuck Ealey, raised by a single mother in segregated 1950s Ohio, as a boy hones his aim by throwing stones at passing freight trains; he's eventually made quarterback and later (we learn through back matter) achieves fame in the Canadian Football League instead of the then-still-segregated NFL. James's meaningful visual interpretations in pen-and-ink and acrylic add resonance to this account by Ealey's daughter. Copyright 2017 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

PW Reviews 2016 April #4

Richardson, the daughter of African-American quarterback Chuck Ealey, explains that her father's knack for football began with throwing stones at passing trains during his childhood in segregated Ohio in the 1950s and '60. James's smudgy artwork conveys the deprivations of Ealey's youth through thick strokes of paint and images of barren streets and cupboards; on the football field, though, Ealey is a formidable presence in a blue uniform and gold helmet. Richardson focuses on Ealey's upbringing and early athletic career, emphasizing the value of practice and determination. A closing note fills in subsequent details, explaining that Ealey was never able to play professional football in America due to racial bias (he instead joined the Canadian Football League). Ages 5–up. Author's agent: Carly Watters, P.S. Literary Agency. Illustrator's agent: Jackie Kaiser, Westwood Creative Artists. (May)

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