Playing to Win: The Story of Althea Gibson

Written by Karen Deans
Illustrated by Ellbrite Brown

"This well-written and attractive biography will be a popular addition." - School Library Journal

"A visually dynamic picture-book biography." - Booklist

Growing up in Harlem in the 1930's, Althea Gibson became tough and rebellious. Some would say she was wild. It wasn't until she was a teenager that she learned she had a talent: Althea was a natural at tennis. The problem was that tennis was a game played mostly by wealthy white people in country clubs that excluded African Americans. Never one to shy away from a challenge, Althea was not deterred. She set about becoming a barrier-breaking, record-setting, and world-famous sportswoman and personality.