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The Race of the Century: The Battle to Break the Four-Minute Mile



by
Neil Bascomb

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Scholastic
Imprint
Scholastic Focus
ISBN
9781338628463
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Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Reference or Discussion , Language: Mild Language , Language: Infrequent Use
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Sports High

Highly acclaimed author Neal Bascomb brings his peerless research and fast-paced narrative style to a young adult adaptation of one of his most successful adult books of all time, The Perfect Mile, an inspiring and moving story of three men racing to achieve the impossible -- the perfect four-minute mile.

There was a time when running the mile in four minutes was believed to be beyond the limits of human foot speed. In 1952, after suffering defeat at the Helsinki Olympics, three world-class runners each set out to break this barrier: Roger Bannister was a young English medical student who epitomized the ideal of the amateur; John Landy the privileged son of a genteel Australian family; and Wes Santee the swaggering American, a Kansas farm boy and natural athlete.

Spanning three continents and defying the odds, these athletes' collective quest captivated the world. Neal Bascomb's bestselling adult account adapted for young readers delivers a breathtaking story of unlikely heroes and leaves us with a lasting portrait of the twilight years of the golden age of sport.

Author’s note. Bibliography. Source notes. Index.

POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Reference or Discussion , Language: Mild Language , Language: Infrequent Use

Details

Format

Print

Page Count

256

Trim Size

8 3/10" x 5 1/2"

Dewey

796.42092

AR

7.4: points 8

Lexile

1030L

Genre

Nonfic

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

May 2022

Book Genres

Sports, Autobiography/Biography

Topics

Roger Bannister (1929–2018). John Landy (1930– ). Wes Santee (1932–2010). Runners (sports). Running records. Sports and recreation. Twentieth-century history.

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Sports High
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High school sports enthusiasts will love this category, which includes fiction and nonfiction titles that cover the action and excitement of a wide array of sports, the stories and struggles of athletes who have attained great success, and inside looks at the games teens love to watch and play. Action, excitement and struggles will be found in each of the 12 books provided.

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