America's Champion Swimmer: Gertrude Ederle

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, May 9, 2005 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 32 pages
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Trudy Ederle loved to swim. And she was determined to be the best. At seventeen Trudy won three medals at the 1924 Olympics, in Paris. By the time she turned nineteen, Trudy had set twenty-nine U.S. and world records. But what she planned to do next had never been done--by a woman. She would tackle the most difficult swim of all time: the twenty-one miles of cold, choppy water that separate England from France. Trudy's historic fourteen-hour swim across the English Channel set a world record. She defied those who said it couldn't be done. And with her courage and endurance, Trudy Ederle became a symbol for women everywhere.
•By the award-winning team that created Lou Gehrig: The Luckiest Man
•Includes a historical author's note
•Features one of the most celebrated female athletes of the century

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I enjoyed reading about Gertrude Enderle's feat of being the first woman to cross the English Channel. While the text was simple, it was engaging. A good simple book for a younger reader. Read full review

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This is an excellent example of a biography because it tells the true story of a person's life, using accurate dates and places. The story of the first woman to swim the English Channel is told accurately and with details that hold the reader's attention. Illustration: acrylic Read full review

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DAVID ADLER has written more than a hundred books, including Lou Gehrig: The Luckiest Man and Mama Played Baseball. He lives on Long Island, New York.

TERRY WIDENER's work has been featured in Esquire, Harper's, Sports Illustrated, and on the cover of Time. He's also illustrated several books for children, including Lou Gehrig: The Luckiest Man. He lives in McKinney, Texas.

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