Nothing but Trouble: The Story of Althea Gibson

Illustrated by Greg Couch
Look inside
Paperback
$8.99 US
On sale Jan 11, 2011 | 40 Pages | 978-0-375-86544-2
Althea is nothing but trouble! Everyone agrees: her mama, her daddy, her teacher, even the policeman. But when Buddy Walker, the play leader on Althea's street in Harlem, watches her play paddle tennis, he sees something more: pure possibility. Buddy buys Althea her very own stringed tennis racket, and before long, she's on her way to becoming a great athlete—and to proving that she's more than just trouble.

Althea Gibson was the first African American ever to compete in and win the Wimbledon Cup. Born in 1927, she was a spirited child and became an enormously talented athlete. Sue Stauffacher's lively text, paired with vibrant paintings by artist Greg Couch, captures the exuberance, ambition, and triumph of this remarkable woman. Readers will cheer from the stands as Althea transforms from playground tomboy to Wimbledon champion.
  • WINNER | 2008
    NAACP Image Award
  • WINNER | 2008
    NCSS-CBC Notable Children's Trade Books in the Field of Social Studies
  • WINNER | 2007
    New York Public Library 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing
  • NOMINEE
    Cooperative Children's Book Center Choices
© Roger Gilles
Sue Stauffacher is a children’s book author who writes the Animal Rescue Team series. She holds an MFA in creative writing from the University of Arizona in Tucson. In addition to writing books, Stauffacher has worked as a journalist, book reviewer, and teacher. She lives with her husband, Roger, in Grand Rapids, Michigan. View titles by Sue Stauffacher
Greg Couch lives in Nyack, New York. View titles by Greg Couch

About

Althea is nothing but trouble! Everyone agrees: her mama, her daddy, her teacher, even the policeman. But when Buddy Walker, the play leader on Althea's street in Harlem, watches her play paddle tennis, he sees something more: pure possibility. Buddy buys Althea her very own stringed tennis racket, and before long, she's on her way to becoming a great athlete—and to proving that she's more than just trouble.

Althea Gibson was the first African American ever to compete in and win the Wimbledon Cup. Born in 1927, she was a spirited child and became an enormously talented athlete. Sue Stauffacher's lively text, paired with vibrant paintings by artist Greg Couch, captures the exuberance, ambition, and triumph of this remarkable woman. Readers will cheer from the stands as Althea transforms from playground tomboy to Wimbledon champion.

Awards

  • WINNER | 2008
    NAACP Image Award
  • WINNER | 2008
    NCSS-CBC Notable Children's Trade Books in the Field of Social Studies
  • WINNER | 2007
    New York Public Library 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing
  • NOMINEE
    Cooperative Children's Book Center Choices

Author

© Roger Gilles
Sue Stauffacher is a children’s book author who writes the Animal Rescue Team series. She holds an MFA in creative writing from the University of Arizona in Tucson. In addition to writing books, Stauffacher has worked as a journalist, book reviewer, and teacher. She lives with her husband, Roger, in Grand Rapids, Michigan. View titles by Sue Stauffacher
Greg Couch lives in Nyack, New York. View titles by Greg Couch