Strong Inside: The True Story of How Perry Wallace Broke College Basketball’s Color Line: Young Readers’ Edition

By: Andrew Maraniss

This thought-provoking biography digs deep beneath the surface to reveal a complicated, profound, and inspiring story of an athlete turned civil-rights trailblazer. Author's note. Bibliography. Index. Black-and-white photographs.

ISBN: 9780399548345

JLG Release: Jun 2017

Sensitive Areas: Racial taunts, Discrimination, Violence
Topics: Perry Wallace (1948– ) , Basketball , Vanderbilt University , Vanderbilt Commodores (basketball team) , Basketball players , Racism in sports , Twentieth-century history , Civil rights , Southern United States , Race relations

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Booklist Top 10 Books for Youth 2017, Sports

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Book Details



First Release

June 2017



Dewey Classification

796.323/092 B

Trim Size

5 1/2" x 8 1/4"

Page Count


Accelerated Reader

Level 13; Points: 7.9;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 0; Points: 10.6;


Level 1170L


Print Book


Hardcover edition



Potentially Sensitive Areas

Racial taunts, Discrimination, Violence


Perry Wallace (1948– ), Basketball, Vanderbilt University, Vanderbilt Commodores (basketball team), Basketball players, Racism in sports, Twentieth-century history, Civil rights, Southern United States, Race relations,

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