It's the day before the big parade. Alta can only think about one thing: Wilma Rudolph, three-time Olympic gold medalist. She'll be riding on a float tomorrow. See, Alta is the quickest kid in Clarksville, Tennessee, just like Wilma once was. It doesn't matter that Alta's shoes have holes because Wilma came from hard times, too. But what happens when a new girl with shiny new shoes comes along and challenges Alta to a race? Will she still be the quickest kid? The Quickest Kid in Clarksville is a timeless story of dreams, determination, and the power of friendship.
About the Author
Frank Morrison is the Coretta Scott King Honor Award–winning illustrator of many books for young people. He lives Atlanta, Georgia.
Pat Zietlow Miller began her writing career in college as a sports reporter and has had a fascination with Wilma Rudolph ever since. Pat is the author of several picture books and lives in Madison, Wisconsin.
“Sweet and inspiring.”--Kirkus Reviews
“A story about teamwork and determination.”--Publishers Weeky
"Gentle tribute to the legend of the pathbreaking African-American sprinter Wilma Rudolph."--The New York Times
"Ratty old sneakers and a little competition won't keep Alta from running toward her Olympic dream."--FamilyFun Magazine
"A spunky tribute to friendship and determination."--Champagne-Urbana News Gazette
"Partly a book about kids learning to make friends, and partly a history lesson about Wilma Rudolph."--Design Mom
“An engaging, lively story.”-The Horn Book Magazine
"All children will relate to the powerful lessons about jealousy, determination, confidence, dreams, and friendship."--Booking Mana
Cool Mom Picks' 10 Most Empowering Books for Girls
Charlotte Observer Best Books of the Year
"A story with spunk to spare."--Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast
"There’s a lot of sass and attitude inside this book, and charm all over."--Las Vegas Review Journal