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Billie Jean!: How Tennis Star Billie Jean King Changed Women's Sports



by
Mara Rockliff
illustrated by
Elizabeth Baddeley

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Penguin Random House
Imprint
G.P. Putnam's Sons
ISBN
9780525517795
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Anything Billie Jean did, she did it ALL THE WAY.  When she ran, she ran fast. When she played, she played hard. As a top women's tennis player, Billie Jean fought for fairness in women's sports, and when she faced off against Bobby Riggs in the Battle of the Sexes, the most famous tennis match in history, she showed the world that men and women—and boys and girls—are equal on and off the court.

Author’s note. Selected sources. Full-color ink, watercolor, acrylic, and digital illustrations.

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Details

Format

Print

Page Count

40

Trim Size

10 1/2" x 9"

Dewey

B

AR

3.7: points 0.5

Lexile

AD590L

Genre

Nonfic

Scholastic Reading Counts

2

JLG Release

Oct 2019

Book Genres


Topics

Billie Jean King (1943– ). Biography. US tennis players. Women tennis players. Women athletes. Tennis.

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Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Kirkus Reviews, Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal

School Library Journal

As a child, athletically inclined Billie Jean King was angry that her favorite sports were for men only. She was then introduced to tennis and began doing so well that she was competing at Wimbledon while still a teenager. Despite her successes, she was a victim of the sexist double standards that negatively impacted female athletes. While male tennis champions were asked about their game, she was asked about her marriage and childbearing prospects. She also realized women were compensated far less than their male counterparts. When Bobby Riggs challenged her to a match in 1973, King was determined to beat him—which she did. She became a crusader for the equal treatment of women athletes, even testifying before the Senate Subcommittee on Education to advocate for girls’ sports. Rockliff’s text deftly tells King’s story; Baddeley provides beautiful illustrations. An afterword offers further information about King, including a former girlfriend that outed King to the public. Less biography than a tale of King’s fight for women’s rights in professional sports, this volume is almost identical in scope to Brad Meltzer’s I Am Billie Jean King. However, Rockcliff’s narrative is better executed, and Baddeley’s pictures are more appealing. A good addition for collections needing information on the evolution of women’s treatment in professional sports through the life of one of its greatest icons.

Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

As a child, athletically inclined Billie Jean King was angry that her favorite sports were for men only. She was then introduced to tennis and began doing so well that she was competing at Wimbledon while still a teenager. Despite her successes, she was a victim of the sexist double standards that negatively impacted female athletes. While male tennis champions were asked about their game, she was asked about her marriage and childbearing prospects. She also realized women were compensated far less than their male counterparts. When Bobby Riggs challenged her to a match in 1973, King was determined to beat him—which she did. She became a crusader for the equal treatment of women athletes, even testifying before the Senate Subcommittee on Education to advocate for girls’ sports. Rockliff’s text deftly tells King’s story; Baddeley provides beautiful illustrations. An afterword offers further information about King, including a former girlfriend that outed King to the public. Less biography than a tale of King’s fight for women’s rights in professional sports, this volume is almost identical in scope to Brad Meltzer’s I Am Billie Jean King. However, Rockcliff’s narrative is better executed, and Baddeley’s pictures are more appealing. A good addition for collections needing information on the evolution of women’s treatment in professional sports through the life of one of its greatest icons.

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