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From two heavy-hitters in children's literature comes a critically acclaimed biographical novel of cultural icon Muhammad Ali. 

"This utterly delightful story about Ali's childhood is a smash hit." (School Library Journal)  

Five starred reviews! Longlisted for the 2022-2023 Indiana Young Hoosier Book Award! 

Before he was a household name, Cassius Clay was a kid with struggles like any other. Kwame Alexander and James Patterson join forces to vividly depict his life up to age 17 in both prose and verse, including his childhood friends, struggles in school, the racism he faced, and his discovery of boxing. Listeners will learn about Cassius' family and neighbors in Louisville, Kentucky, and how, after a thief stole his bike, Cassius began training as an amateur boxer at age 12. Before long, he won his first Golden Gloves bout and began his transformation into the unrivaled Muhammad Ali.  

Fully authorized by and written in cooperation with the Muhammad Ali estate, and vividly brought to life by Dawud Anyabwile's dynamic artwork, Becoming Muhammad Ali captures the budding charisma and youthful personality of one of the greatest sports heroes of all time.

©2020 Kwame Alexander, James Patterson (P)2020 Hachette Audio

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Phenomenal!

I received this book as a Christmas present, but wasn't sure what to expect. This story of Cassius Clay's boyhood was factual and entertaining, and the Audible production enhanced my reading experience! I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in Muhammad Ali.