Game Changer: John McLendon and the Secret Game

By COY, John

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ISBN
9781467726047
Publisher
Carolrhoda


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School Library Journal

Reviewed on August 1, 2015  |  Elementary

Gr 1–4—With eloquence and grace, this picture book tells the story of how one spring Sunday afternoon in 1944, two basketball teams came together to change the history of the game. The Duke University Medical School basketball team met secretly in a small gym to play against the North Carolina College of Negros in the first ever intergrated basketball game. Though rules kept bl...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Magazine

Reviewed on October 1, 2015

Based closely on a 1996 New York Times article by Scott Ellsworth, this picture book tells the dramatic story of an illegal college basketball game planned and played in secret in Jim Crow–era North Carolina. On a Sunday morning in 1944, while most Durham residents, including the police, were in church, the white members of the Duke University Medical School basketball team (considered "the best in the state") slipped into the gym at the North Carolina College of Negroes to play the Eagles, a close-to-undefeated black team coach...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Guide

Reviewed on January 1, 2015

Coy tells the dramatic story of an illegal, secret basketball game in Jim Crow–era North Carolina between the white Duke University Medical Schoo...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Junior Library Guild

Reviewed on December 1, 2015

A fascinating, lesser-known story of basketball and civil disobedience, featuring a clandestine game that was illegal due to segregation. John McLendon is an inspirational figure. Then fairly new to coaching, McLendon was determined to "further the idea that we all played basketball, that we all played it well, and that we should be playing it together." (McLendon was well ahead of his time-;the National Basketball A...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

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