Blog Tour: Strong Inside by Andrew Maraniss, Plus Guest Post!

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Today we're excited to be part of the blog tour for Andrew Maraniss's book Strong Inside. Read on for more about Andrew, his book, and Andrew's top 5 favorite recent reads!

 

Meet Andrew Maraniss!

Andrew Maraniss studied history at Vanderbilt University and as a recipient of the Fred Russell-Grantland Rice sportswriting scholarship, earned the school's Alexander Award for excellence in journalism. He then worked for five years in Vanderbilt's athletic department as the associate director of media relations, dealing primarily with the men's basketball team. The son of Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and bestselling author David Maraniss and trailblazing environmentalist Linda Maraniss, Andrew was born in Madison, Wisconsin, grew up in Washington, D.C., and Austin, Texas, and now lives in Brentwood, Tennessee, with his wife Alison, and their two young children. His first book for adults, Strong Inside: Perry Wallace and the Collision of Race and Sports in the South, was a New York Times nonfiction bestseller.

 

 

Meet Strong Inside!

 

A young readers edition of the New York Times bestselling adult nonfiction book that tells the inspirational true story of the first African American to play college basketball in the deeply segregated Southeastern Conference--a powerful moment in black history.
Perry Wallace was born at a historic crossroads in U.S. history. A week after Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech, Wallace enrolled in high school, and his sensational jumping, dunking, and rebounding abilities quickly earned him the attention of college basketball recruiters from top schools across the nation. Wallace had his pick of the lot, yet he chose arguably the most challenging path, becoming the first African American to play college basketball in the all-white Southeastern Conference. The hateful experiences he would endure on campus and in the hostile gymnasiums of the Deep South turned out to be the stuff of nightmares. Yet Wallace persisted, endured, and met this unthinkable challenge head on.
 
 

Andrew's Top 5 Favorite Recent Reads:

When I wrote STRONG INSIDE, a biography of the remarkable sports and civil rights figure Perry Wallace, I never intended for Young Readers to be the audience. It wasn’t until the amazing author and fellow Nashvillian Ruta Sepetys suggested my book might make for a great adaptation for students that I discovered this amazing new world. I’m proud to say that for the book I’m writing now (on the first US Olympic basketball team, which competed at the 1936 Berlin Games), there won’t be an ‘adult’ edition – I’m going straight to my new best friends in middle and high school!

Here are some of my favorite books for Young Readers that I’ve read recently:

  •   THE 57 BUS by Dashka Slater. I had a chance to interview Dashka at her event at Parnassus Books in Nashville and was blown away not only by the incredible story she tells, but the array of inventive devices she uses to tell it.

  •   SALT TO THE SEA by Ruta Sepetys. Ruta is a great mentor, not only for her kindness and inspiration, but also for the way she uncovers untold stories and presents them to readers with such passion, detail and imagination.

  •   MIDNIGHT WITHOUT A MOON by Linda Williams Jackson. Linda tells a fictionalized version of the murder of Emmett Till through the eyes of a teenaged girl. An important story written with grace and beauty.

  •   THE SECRET GAME by Scott Ellsworth. I’m cheating a bit here because this book wasn’t written for Young Adults, but it’s a fantastic narrative history of sports, history and civil rights written in an accessible way that will appeal to students.

  •   MEMPHIS, MARTIN AND THE MOUNTAINTOP by Alice Faye Duncan. Here’s one to keep an eye out for when it’s published this summer, a historical fiction picture book for ages 9-12 on the Memphis sanitation strike, told through poetry and prose. 

 

Blog Tour Dates:

February 20 – Margie’s Must Reads – Review
February 21 – Herbookstacks – Creative Photo
February 22 – YA Books Central – Author Guest Post – Top 5 book recs for books the author read and loved recently

 

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