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Kevin Durant: Epic Athletes


Series
Epic Athletes

by
Dan Wetzel
illustrated by
Marcelo Baez

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Macmillan
Imprint
Henry Holt and Company, Inc.
ISBN
9781250295835
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In this middle-grade biography, acclaimed sports journalist Dan Wetzel tells the inspirational real-life story of NBA superstar Kevin Durant! In 2016, Kevin Durant shocked the basketball world when he decided to sign with the Golden State Warriors. Many questioned why one of the league's best players would join a team that was already stacked with talent—didn't he want to make a name for himself as the sole leader of a team?

Kevin would have the last laugh, winning two championships and putting to rest any questions about his legacy. In choosing to tune out the noise, he instead set his sights on success. Even after his father abandoned the family when he was a kid, when he was told he was too skinny to make an impact in the NBA, Kevin ignored the critics and forged his own path to victory. Filled with sports action and comic-style illustrations, this inspiring biography recaps the life of one of the most talented scorers in NBA history.

Black-and-white illustrations.

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Details

Format

Print

Page Count

176

Trim Size

8 3/10" x 5 2/5"

Dewey

B

AR

6.7: points 4

Lexile

1010L

Genre

Nonfic

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

Oct 2020

Book Genres

Autobiography/Biography, Sports

Topics

Kevin Durant (1988– ). US basketball players. Sports and recreation. Biography. African American basketball players. National Basketball Association (NBA).


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Praise & Reviews

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School Library Journal

School Library Journal

Growing up just outside of Washington, DC, Kevin Durant was an enthusiastic athlete. At an early age, his impressive height often brought unwanted attention. Before becoming a legendary NBA player and Olympic medalist, Durant didn’t have the easiest childhood. A year or so after Durant’s birth, his parents separated. Durant moved to many different houses and frequently changed schools. When he was around eight years old, Durant signed up to play basketball at the local recreation center. He met two basketball coaches, Charles “Chucky” Craig and Taras Brown, who would change his life and set him on a path towards success. They instilled in him the skills that were needed to become a professional ballplayer: a strong work ethic and being a team player. Prolific sportswriter Wetzel emphasizes Durant’s passion for basketball, his willingness to share the spotlight, and how his early years learning the game inside and out propelled him to be one of the greatest athletes in basketball today. This detailed biography is full of play-by-play action sequences and illuminates Durant’s character, on and off the court. Wetzel highlights Durant’s prowess as a natural athlete and his loyalty to his teammates and his fans. Young readers will find much to admire in Durant; the text’s pacing and sports-heavy details will keep them hooked until the final pages. Substance and insider knowledge make this an excellent choice for most libraries serving young sports fans.

Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

Growing up just outside of Washington, DC, Kevin Durant was an enthusiastic athlete. At an early age, his impressive height often brought unwanted attention. Before becoming a legendary NBA player and Olympic medalist, Durant didn’t have the easiest childhood. A year or so after Durant’s birth, his parents separated. Durant moved to many different houses and frequently changed schools. When he was around eight years old, Durant signed up to play basketball at the local recreation center. He met two basketball coaches, Charles “Chucky” Craig and Taras Brown, who would change his life and set him on a path towards success. They instilled in him the skills that were needed to become a professional ballplayer: a strong work ethic and being a team player. Prolific sportswriter Wetzel emphasizes Durant’s passion for basketball, his willingness to share the spotlight, and how his early years learning the game inside and out propelled him to be one of the greatest athletes in basketball today. This detailed biography is full of play-by-play action sequences and illuminates Durant’s character, on and off the court. Wetzel highlights Durant’s prowess as a natural athlete and his loyalty to his teammates and his fans. Young readers will find much to admire in Durant; the text’s pacing and sports-heavy details will keep them hooked until the final pages. Substance and insider knowledge make this an excellent choice for most libraries serving young sports fans.

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