Twelve Rounds to Glory

The Story of Muhammad Ali

By Charles R. Smith, Jr.

Publishers Summary:
A brief biography in verse of boxer Muhammad Ali.

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ISBN
978-0-76361-692-2
Publisher
Candlewick


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School Library Journal

Reviewed on December 1, 2007

Gr 5-Up Smith is best known for his high-energy poetry celebrating basketball and other sports, and this biography is his most ambitious undertaking yet. Rap-style cadences perfectly capture the drama that has always surrounded this boxer's life: "Louisville Lip leaps to life/just a few short years/after your first pro fight./Braggin'/and boastin'/and callin' the round, /signifyin'/how your opponent would go down." From Ali's childhood as Cassius Clay, to the realization that even an Olympic gold medal would not shield him from racial injustices, to a career that included three he...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Magazine

Reviewed on January 1, 2008

Any biography of Ali runs the risk of allowing his status as American icon to subsume his complex and significant achievements. Twelve Rounds to Glory definitely showcases the myth over the man; but it also provides insight into the nuances of Ali's personality and the racism he fought with words and fists. Like a medieval epic, Smith's extensive rhyming text extols the greatness of the Greatest from his babyhood—"Bathed in a beautiful light / f...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Guide

Reviewed on January 1, 2007

This book provides insight into the nuances of Ali's personality and the racism he fought with words and fists. Smith's extensi...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

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