The true story of the all-black high school basketball team that broke the color barrier in segregated 1950s Indiana, masterfully told by National Book Award winner Phil Hoose.
An ALA Notable Book of 2019NYPL Best Book for Teens of 2018A 2018 Booklist Youth Editors' ChoiceA Center for the Study of Multicultural Children's Literature Best Book of 2018A Kirkus Reviews Best YA Nonfiction Book of 2018An ALSC Notable Children's Book of 2019A YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction Award Nominee
By winning the state high school basketball championship in 1955, ten teens from an Indianapolis school meant to be the centerpiece of racially segregated education in the state shattered the myth of their inferiority. Their brilliant coach had fashioned an unbeatable team from a group of boys born in the South and raised in poverty. Anchored by the astonishing Oscar Robertson, a future college and NBA star, the Crispus Attucks Tigers went down in history as the first state champions from Indianapolis and the first all-black team in U.S. history to win a racially open championship tournament--an integration they had forced with their on-court prowess.
From native Hoosier and award-winning author Phillip Hoose comes this true story of a team up against impossible odds, making a difference when it mattered most.
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