Charlie Takes His Shot

Nancy Churnin, illus. by John Joven. Albert Whitman, $16.99 (32p) ISBN 978-0-8075-1128-2
In a quietly affecting story about barrier-breaking golfer Charlie Sifford, Churnin describes the African-American athlete’s lifelong devotion to the game despite systemic racism. As a youth, Sifford became a caddie in order to get on the green in 1930s North Carolina; he later won the Negro National Open multiple times. Sifford’s hopes of playing professionally were ignited when Jackie Robinson wrote a newspaper column in support of Sifford, but even a court win against the Professional Golfer Association didn’t mean an end to mistreatment and abuse. Joven’s soft, smudgy cartoons soften the harder moments of Sifford’s story, and Churnin concludes on a hopeful note: “And now it was possible for everyone who loved the game to play and hear cheers from the crowd.” Ages 4–8. Author’s agent: Karen Grencik, Red Fox Literary. (Jan.)
Reviewed on: 11/20/2017
Release date: 01/01/2018
Genre: Children's
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