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The Stone Thrower



by
Jael Ealey Richardson
illustrated by
Matt James

Edition
Reinforced trade edition
Publisher
Groundwood
Imprint
Groundwood
ISBN
9781554987528
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Trading the stones he threw as a kid for footballs, Chuck Ealey was an undefeated quarterback at his Ohio high school and college. Unwanted in the NFL "because of the color of his skin," he went pro in Canada. Author's note. Full-color illustrations done in pen and ink and acrylic on Masonite.

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Details

Format

Print

Page Count

32

Trim Size

10" x 9"

Dewey

796.332092 B

AR

4.4: points 0.5

Lexile

810L

Genre

Nonfic

Scholastic Reading Counts

1

JLG Release

Jul 2016

Book Genres


Topics

Chuck Ealey (1950- ). Football players. Canada. Biography. Canadian Football League. Black Canadians. Fathers and daughters.

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Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Kirkus Reviews, School Library Journal

School Library Journal

Young Chuck and his mother live in a poor, segregated neighborhood in Portsmouth, OH, in the 1960s. Frustrated by his situation, Chuck begins throwing rocks at the passing train cars, learning how to hit specific letters on the train as it speeds by. Using this newfound focus and determination, he succeeds academically as well as physically, as he attempts to be the quarterback for his high school. Finishing with Chuck winning his first game and beating the odds, the book includes an afterword about the subject, Chuck Ealey. Ealey later went on to play football for the Canadian Football League, as the NFL was still heavily segregated. The volume brings home the message that hard work pays off and is one of the few picture books to mention segregation outside of the Southern states. Perhaps the book’s greatest strength is James’s beautiful artwork. His vivid mixed-media oil paintings are filled with texture and depth in each scene. His energetic brushstrokes and unblended colors show the desperation of young Chuck and the injustice of the segregated times. Some of the smaller images at the end of the book have clearly been painted on cardboard, their frayed edges purposefully showing, adding to the authenticity of the work. VERDICT An excellent addition for sports fans and a great vehicle to spark conversation.—Peter Blenski, Greenfield Public Library, WI

Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

Young Chuck and his mother live in a poor, segregated neighborhood in Portsmouth, OH, in the 1960s. Frustrated by his situation, Chuck begins throwing rocks at the passing train cars, learning how to hit specific letters on the train as it speeds by. Using this newfound focus and determination, he succeeds academically as well as physically, as he attempts to be the quarterback for his high school. Finishing with Chuck winning his first game and beating the odds, the book includes an afterword about the subject, Chuck Ealey. Ealey later went on to play football for the Canadian Football League, as the NFL was still heavily segregated. The volume brings home the message that hard work pays off and is one of the few picture books to mention segregation outside of the Southern states. Perhaps the book’s greatest strength is James’s beautiful artwork. His vivid mixed-media oil paintings are filled with texture and depth in each scene. His energetic brushstrokes and unblended colors show the desperation of young Chuck and the injustice of the segregated times. Some of the smaller images at the end of the book have clearly been painted on cardboard, their frayed edges purposefully showing, adding to the authenticity of the work. VERDICT An excellent addition for sports fans and a great vehicle to spark conversation.—Peter Blenski, Greenfield Public Library, WI

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