Children’s Book Committee – August Pick
The Quickest Kid in Clarksville
by Pat Zietlow Miller, illustrated by Frank Morrison
(Chronicle Books, 2016)
In the 1960s, Alta and Charmaine each thinks she is the fastest runner in Wilma Rudolph’s hometown. Can the two become friends before the Olympic medalist’s victory parade begins? Appealing colorful watercolors.
Our Young Reviewer says:
“This book is special because some of the book is true and some of the book is made up. It is true that Wilma Rudolph was the fastest runner and it is true that there was a parade for her. It is made up that Alta and Charmaine wanted to be Wilma Rudolph. I think that Alta and Charmaine were not real. That is special. I think this book is cool and interesting. Also, some of the words are like poems. And the words feel fast like they are running!”
– Annette, 6, Brooklyn, NY
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