The Great American Foot Race: Ballyhoo for the Bunion Derby! Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2017-07-06 
Review Score: 5 out of 5 star From 0 user ratings

" I had never heard of this race before, but I thought the history behind how it came about, the organizer, the runners, and what was going on outside the race at that time were pretty interesting to read about. Upper elementary students interesting in sports would probably enjoy it immensely, while it feels young for older readers and I personally might have dozed off during a few parts. " said.

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Who knew? The Boston Marathon dates to 1897, but distance running was taken to even great lengths in 1928 by a professional huckster named C.C. Pyle. He orchestrated a cross country race to promote the new Route 66 that went literally across the country, from Los Angeles to New York City. An astonishing 199 men registered (women weren't allowed), but an even more amazing 55 finished. Their travails over the next 84 days are brilliantly described by Speno in this book on a long forgotten race. I loved how he not only elucidated the general history of the era, but also talked at length about the backgrounds and motivations of the runners.

The research on this is impeccable and impressive. While there are still a lot of historical resources from the 1920s, they couldn't have been easy to find. It's also hard to find good narrative nonfiction of interest to middle school readers, and this book is just the right length and involves one of middle schoolers favorite things... sports! The Great American Foot Race is an essential addition to all middle school and high school libraries. I know that this will be the first choice of all of my cross country runners when they have to choose a nonfiction book for a project! Very excited to have this in my collection. Definitely take a look.

Also, I think the author is from a community very close to where I taught in Cincinnati!

Here is an informative YouTube video by David Antoine about the winner, Andy Payne.
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