Viking Books for Young Readers Beyond the Game: LeBron James Viking Books for Young Readers Beyond the Game: LeBron James
Viking Books for Young Readers Beyond the Game: LeBron James Viking Books for Young Readers Beyond the Game: LeBron James

Beyond the Game: LeBron James

By Andrew Maraniss

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Publication Date: March 5, 2024

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Ages 6 to 9, Grades 1 to 4

Beyond the Game is a new nonfiction chapter book series about athletes who have stepped up beyond sports to make a difference in the world, from acclaimed author, Andrew Maraniss and illustrator DeAndra Hodge. This is the story of LeBron James and his social justice work.

Before he became one of the most famous basketball players on the planet, before he began speaking out for justice, LeBron James was just a kid.

In this chapter book biography by acclaimed author Andrew Maraniss, illustrated by DeAndra Hodge, readers learn more about the life and work of LeBron James—from growing up with a single mother in Akron, Ohio, to his journey to the NBA and ten NBA championships, to his social justice work creating I PROMISE and speaking up for Black Lives Matter.

While known as one of the greatest basketball players of all time, LeBron James has changed the world beyond sports.

Complete with black-and-white illustrations throughout, statistics, resources, and ways for kids to make a difference on their own—BEYOND THE GAME is a giftable and inspirational series for every reader.

Story Locale:Akron, OH; Miami, FL;

Series Overview: BEYOND THE GAME series

Book 1: LeBron James, Spring 24

Book 2: Maya Moore, Spring 24

Book 3: Pat Tillman, Fall 24

Book 4: TK, Summer 25

About the Author

New York Times bestselling author Andrew Maraniss writes sports and history-related nonfiction, telling stories with a larger social message. His first book, Strong Inside, received the Lillian Smith Book Award for civil rights and the RFK Book Awards' Special Recognition Prize for social justice, becoming the first sports-related book ever to win either award. His young readers adaptation of Strong Inside was named one of the Top Biographies for Youth by the American Library Association and was named a Notable Social Studies Book by the Children's Book Council. His acclaimed second book for kids Games of Deception was a Sydney Taylor Book Award Middle Grade Honor Recipient, a Junior Library Guild selection, and was praised by authors Steve Sheinkin and Susan Campbell Bartoletti. He is also the author of Singled Out: The True Story of Glenn Burke. Andrew is a contributor to ESPN's sports and race website, TheUndefeated.com, and is a visiting author at the Vanderbilt University Athletic Department.

Author Residence: Brentwood, TN

Author Hometown: Madison, WI (also Washington D.C.; Austin, TX)

Format: Paperback

Length: 96 pages

Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers

Publication Date: March 5, 2024

ISBN: 9780593526163

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