Suzanne: The Jazz Age Goddess of Tennis

Avery Hill. Oct. 2022. 208p. Tr $24.95. ISBN 9781910395691.
Gr 9 Up–You probably know Venus and Serena, but have you ever heard of Suzanne Lenglen? Humberstone paints the story of this reluctant superstar athlete who, with her father’s insistence and dedication to her training, becomes a tennis sensation during the turbulent times of the roaring 1920s. However reluctant Suzanne was to learn the sport of tennis, she excelled while also becoming a dazzling young celebrity. From her wardrobe, considered scandalous, to her on-court behavior, Suzanne was someone to talk about. Humberstone’s panels are bold, from the colors to the lines. While this does leave little room for details that some readers would appreciate, it creates action-packed sequences full of excitement and movement that provide the historical fiction story with its driving pulse. Humberstone frames key moments in Suzanne’s life with major historical events, providing context and substance. All characters are white.
VERDICT This is a must-buy for any library. Readers who enjoy sports and celebrity biographies will be drawn to Suzanne’s story.

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