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I Am Muhammad Ali: Ordinary People Change the World

By Mary Eisenhart, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Upbeat bio of "The Greatest" features courage, principles.

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This is an engaging portrait of a hero who stands firm at enormous personal cost and goes on to become "The Greatest." Author Brad Meltzer and illustrator Christopher Eliopolous spotlight the noted boxer and civil rights icon whose hard work, persistence, and determination in standing by his principles raised him to legendary status. Part of the Ordinary People Change the World series, I Am Muhammad Ali is overly rosy in spots -- for example, the authors focus on relatable issues like being a kid on the receiving end of discrimination, and portray the boxing world as a paradise of interracial harmony, never mentioning the physical injuries and brain damage Ali sustained as a result of his career path.

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