The Quickest Kid in Clarksville

By MILLER, Pat Zietlow

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ISBN
9781452129365
Publisher
Chronicle


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School Library Journal

Reviewed on March 1, 2016  |  Picture Books

K-Gr 2—A story about teamwork and perseverance, this homage to the great Wilma Rudolph takes place in 1960 at about the time of the homecoming parade for the Olympian, which occurred in Clarksville, TN—the first integrated event in that town. Young Alta idolizes the great runner and practices her own gait using a rhythmic chant: "Wil-ma Ru-dolph." When she meets a girl with a compe...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Magazine

Reviewed on February 1, 2016

Miller introduces us to Alta, the self-proclaimed "quickest kid in Clarksville" -- the same town that her shero, Wilma Rudolph, is from. As Alta daydreams about an upcoming parade celebrating the 1960 Olympic track star, she is confronted by Charmaine, a new girl with shiny new shoes (shoes "like Wilma's") who has the audacity to try to claim Alta's title. Their first few races against each other end in a draw, and their interactions are less than cordial. Charmaine taunts Alta about her old shoes, and in response Alta admits, "My toe...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Guide

Reviewed on April 1, 2016

In this engaging, lively story, Alta's self-proclaimed "quickest kid in Clarksville" title is challenged by new-girl Charmaine. But on the day of t...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Junior Library Guild

Reviewed on March 1, 2016

Using Olympic runner Wilma Rudolph's 1960 homecoming parade as a backdrop, the story is a lively look at the rivalry between two of Wilma's young fans - narrator Alta and Charmaine. The girls' initial interaction - a chance meeting that turns into a race - feels like an authentic childhood competition: "Charmaine's face tightens. 'Reckon I'm faster than anyone.' I p...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

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