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Suzanne: The Jazz Age Goddess of Tennis



written and illustrated by
Tom Humberstone

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Avery Hill Publishing
Imprint
Avery Hill
ISBN
9781910395691
POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Discrimination: Racial Insensitivity/Racism , Discrimination: Sexism , Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Alcohol Abuse , Language: Infrequent Use , Language: Mild Language
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GRAPHIC BIOGRAPHY OF A JAZZ AGE DOYENNE WHO CHANGED SOCIETY AND SPORTS.

One of the greatest tennis players the world has ever seen was a woman few even remember. A championship player by the age of fifteen in a Europe overshadowed by impending war, Suzanne Lenglen broke records for ticket sales and match winning streaks, scandalised and entranced the public with her playing outfits, and became a pioneer, making friends and enemies throughout restrictive tennis society in the trailblazing jazz age.

With stunning art and an astute eye, 'Suzanne' explores how a figure both enormously influential and too-often overlooked battled her father’s ambition, bias in sporting journalism, and her own divisive personality, to forge a new path — and to change sport forever.

Footnotes. Further reading. Full-color illustrations.

POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Discrimination: Racial Insensitivity/Racism , Discrimination: Sexism , Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Alcohol Abuse , Language: Infrequent Use , Language: Mild Language

Details

Format

Print

Page Count

208

Trim Size

9 1/2" x 6 1/2"

Dewey

B

AR

0: points 0

Genre

Fic

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

Apr 2023

Book Genres

Graphic Novels, Historical Fiction, Sports

Topics

Suzanne Lenglen (1899–1938). Women tennis players. Female athletes. France. 1900s. Jazz Age. Sports and recreation. 

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Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

School Library Journal

Library Journal

Gr 9 Up—You probably know Venus and Serena, but have you ever heard of Suzanne Lenglen? Humberstone paints the story of this reluctant superstar athlete who, with her father's insistence and dedication to her training, becomes a tennis sensation during the turbulent times of the roaring 1920s. However reluctant Suzanne was to learn the sport of tennis, she excelled while also becoming a dazzling young celebrity. From her wardrobe, considered scandalous, to her on-court behavior, Suzanne was someone to talk about. Humberstone's panels are bold, from the colors to the lines. While this does leave little room for details that some readers would appreciate, it creates action-packed sequences full of excitement and movement that provide the historical fiction story with its driving pulse. Humberstone frames key moments in Suzanne's life with major historical events, providing context and substance. All characters are white. VERDICT This is a must-buy for any library. Readers who enjoy sports and celebrity biographies will be drawn to Suzanne's story.—Maryjean Riou

Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

School Library Journal

Library Journal

Gr 9 Up—You probably know Venus and Serena, but have you ever heard of Suzanne Lenglen? Humberstone paints the story of this reluctant superstar athlete who, with her father's insistence and dedication to her training, becomes a tennis sensation during the turbulent times of the roaring 1920s. However reluctant Suzanne was to learn the sport of tennis, she excelled while also becoming a dazzling young celebrity. From her wardrobe, considered scandalous, to her on-court behavior, Suzanne was someone to talk about. Humberstone's panels are bold, from the colors to the lines. While this does leave little room for details that some readers would appreciate, it creates action-packed sequences full of excitement and movement that provide the historical fiction story with its driving pulse. Humberstone frames key moments in Suzanne's life with major historical events, providing context and substance. All characters are white. VERDICT This is a must-buy for any library. Readers who enjoy sports and celebrity biographies will be drawn to Suzanne's story.—Maryjean Riou

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