paperback edition - still readily available

Selected Books

American History
The 1957 desegregation crisis at Little Rock Central High School, told through eyewitness accounts and contemporary photographs.
The story of the battle in the context of the Texas Revolution, told through eyewitness accounts and powerful historical images.
The compelling story of the battle told though eyewitness accounts and striking historical images.
Narrative Nonfiction
The story of two brilliant artists whose lifelong conflict jumpstarted the Renaissance in Quattrocento Florence.
Poetry
Biography
The inspiring story of a Hall of Famer who rose from poverty in Puerto Rico to set new standards of excellence and integrity on and off the field.
Biographical profiles of thirteen Native Americans who led their people on the spiritual path in the face of foreign invasion and cultural pressure.
The amazing story of the world-famous angel artist, illustrated with full-color reproductions of his inspiring art.
Folklore
Rambunctious, rollicking, rootin' tootin' retellings of nine American tall tales.
GINORMOUS retellings of world folktales about giants.
Teeny weeny retellings of world folktales about little people.
Fiction
A coming-of-age novel set in the world of high school theater.
A first-place Little League team starts losing when their star player's bat mysteriously disappears.

PRIDE OF PUERTO RICO: The Life of Roberto Clemente

Jacket illustration by Jerry Pinkney
Harcourt • (hc) 1988 • (pb) 1991
(hc) ISBN 0-15-200562-5 • 144 pages • (OP)
(pb) ISBN 0-15-263420-7 • 176 pages • $7.00
Ages 8-12

Included in Best Books for Children (1990)

This biography of Roberto Clemente is full of baseball and humanity. . . . Roberto's love for Puerto Rico, his desire that black and Latin American players achieve the same status and respect as white players, and his concern for underprivileged people are strong themes. . . . Baseball fans will welcome this book because of the fast-paced action, but the temper of the man and his concern for human beings will leave a lasting impression on the young reader. —Horn Book

Walker's well-researched biography weaves statistics among family anecdotes and reconstructed conversations, making the text read quickly. . . . Roberto Clemente, by all accounts, was an extraordinary individual . . . a humanitarian whose example-setting good will is documented through touching episodes. —Booklist

Millions of boys play baseball, and several thousand of them go on to become major league players. About two hundred even make it to the Baseball Hall of Fame. But only rarely does a player's life reach beyond the white lines of the baseball diamond. Among this select group are Babe Ruth, Jackie Robinson, Lou Gehrig—and the great right-fielder of the Pittsburgh Pirates, Roberto Clemente.

Like Babe Ruth, Clemente made the long journey from sandlot baseball to the major leagues. He learned the game on a muddy field in Puerto Rico, with a tree branch for a bat.

Like Jackie Robinson, Clemente battled prejudice in the major leagues. He was a black man and also a Latin.

And tragically, like Lou Gehrig, Clemente died at the peak of his career. He got his 3000th major-league hit at the end of the 1972 season, but hit number 3001 never came. On New Year's Eve, 1972, Roberto Clemente died in a plane crash, flying to take relief supplies to the victims of an earthquake in Nicaragua.

Roberto Clemente was a man of pride: pride in his family, pride in his ability to play baseball, and pride in his native Puerto Rico. Clemente's achievements both on the field and off make his story one of particular distinction for all young sports fans.