The Stone Thrower

by Jael Ealey Richardson and Matt James

Growing up in Ohio in the 1950s and 60s, young Chuck Ealey set his sights on getting... read more

Growing up in Ohio in the 1950s and 60s, young Chuck Ealey set his sights on getting an education, his hard-working mother’s dream. Chuck began throwing stones at passing coal trains as a childhood game, doing it over and over until he could always hit his target. When he started playing football he did the same thing, practicing over and over. Chuck was Black, making it a big deal when his high school coach asked him to play quarterback. Players from a rival team were angry, but Chuck remained focused and poised, leading his own team to victory. A vivid picture book account of the childhood and young adulthood of Chuck Ealey, written by his daughter, includes an author’s note in which she briefly recounts her father’s record-breaking, undefeated career in high school and college, and the college degree that was his greatest victory. Undrafted by the NFL in the early 1970s because of racism, Ealey went on to a successful career in the Canadian Football League. Expressive pen-and-ink and acrylic illustrations accompany the fine narrative. (Ages 6–10)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2017

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