Zion Unmatched

Candlewick. Aug. 2021. 32p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781536224184.
Gr 2-4–A visual and motivational picture book autobiography. Zion Clark was born without legs, given up by his mother, and forced to face neglect in the foster care system. He went on to compete in the Olympics and Paralympics. Full-page color photographs with first-person captions show Clark working out, competing in wrestling and track, and bonding with his adoptive family. Bold-face quotes from Clark’s coaches and foster parents portray him as a motivational figure. Readers will be left hoping for more specific information about Zion’s disability and journey. A positive and uplifting look at overcoming adversity, Clark’s autobiography could use more depth.
VERDICT An uplifting autobiography from an athlete without legs. Consider as a general purchase for large collections.

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