Beyond the Gameis a new nonfiction chapter book series about athletes who have stepped up beyond sports to make a difference in the world, from acclaimed author, Andrew Maraniss and illustrator DeAndra Hodge. This is the story of LeBron James and his social justice work.
Before he became one of the most famous basketball players on the planet, before he began speaking out for justice, LeBron James was just a kid.
In this chapter book biography by acclaimed author Andrew Maraniss, illustrated by DeAndra Hodge, readers learn more about the life and work of LeBron James—from growing up with a single mother in Akron, Ohio, to his journey to the NBA and ten NBA championships, to his social justice work creating I PROMISE and speaking up for Black Lives Matter.
While known as one of the greatest basketball players of all time, LeBron James has changed the world beyond sports.
Complete with black-and-white illustrations throughout, statistics, resources, and ways for kids to make a difference on their own—BEYOND THE GAME is a giftable and inspirational series for every reader.
About the Author
New York Times bestselling author Andrew Maraniss writes sports- and social justice–related nonfiction for children, teens, and adults. His bestselling adult book, Strong Inside, received the Lillian Smith Book Award and the RFK Book Awards’ Special Recognition Prize. The middle grade adaptation was named a Book of the Year by the ALA. His next YA book, Games of Deception, received the Sydney Taylor Book Honor.
His YA biography, Singled Out, was named one of the 100 Best Baseball Books Ever Written by Esquire and was a Rainbow Book List selection. His latest YA book, Inaugural Ballers, was a School Library Journal Book of the Year.
You can visit Andrew Maraniss at AndrewMaraniss.com or follow him on Facebook @AndrewMaranissAuthor, on Twitter @TruBlu24, and on Instagram @AMaraniss.
DeAndra Hodge is an illustrator and a graphic designer originally from Huntsville, Alabama, currently based in Washington, DC. She graduated with a BA in fine art from the University of Montevallo. Her love of illustration began as a child, when she would make up her own stories and illustrations, often begging her teachers to share them with the class. She is most widely known as the illustrator of both the Kid Confident and the That Girl Lay Lay book series.
You can visit DeAndra Hodge at DeAndraHodgeArt.com or follow her on Instagram @DeAndraHodge_ and on Twitter @DeAndra_Hodge.