Game changers : the story of Venus and Serena Williams / written by Lesa Cline-Ransome ; illustrated by James E. Ransome.

Shares the story of the sisters and tennis stars, including their special relationship as sisters and best friends, their constant training as children, and their incredible success in professional tennis.

Bibliographic Details
Main Author: Cline-Ransome, Lesa, (Author)
Other Authors: Ransome, James, (Illustrator)
Format: Book
Language:English
Published: New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, [2018]
Edition:First edition.
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Review by Publisher's Weekly Review

Husband-and-wife team James E. and Lesa Cline-Ransome (Before She Was Harriet) offer a powerful portrayal of the sisters and tennis legends. Growing up in Los Angeles, Venus and Serena played tennis in the courts of East Compton Park, where neighborhood gunshots sometimes interrupted their practice. The book follows their move onto professional courts, where they drew attention for their raw talent and expressive styles, as well as their unfortunate treatment by some watchers, who "threatened, booed, and taunted" the sisters for their skin tone. Cline-Ransome conveys the sisters' affection and competitiveness, emphasizing how Serena remained one step behind Venus until the 2002 French Open, when "a victorious Serena stepped out of the shadow of her sister." Yet the sisters are pictured standing side-by-side for Serena's win: "'Nothing can keep me from celebrating when my best friend wins a match,' Venus said proudly." Ransome's sophisticated portraiture captures a likeness of the two athletes, while spreads feature playfully stylized cut-paper collage accents-visuals that enhance this tribute to sisterhood, athletics, and determination. Ages 4-8. (July) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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