The Greatest: Muhammad Ali : Muhammad Ali

by Walter Dean Myers

Scholastic Paperbacks
December 2001

Ages 12 – 14 . Grades 7 – 9

Library of Congress: 00130210

Lexile measure: 1030L

DRA: 70

Guided Reading: Z


"I'm not only the greatest; I'm the double greatest."
-- Muhammad Ali in 1962 to the NY Times.

The Louisville Lip.
Cassius Clay.
The Greatest.

Muhammad Ali may be known by more than one name, but his accomplishments, both inside and out of the boxing ring, have earned him a singular place in history as one of the most inspiring figures of the twentieth century.

In his riveting portrayal of Ali's spirit and courage, award-winning author Walter Dean Myers also exposes the hazards of boxing -- the sport Ali loved, but which ultimately damaged him and many other greats beyond repair. Through the story of Ali's childhood, his rise as a champion, his politics, and his battle against Parkinson's disease, readers will come to know the man behind the brash public persona -- the man whose talent and legacy will stir and inspire a new generation of fans.
Walter Dean Myers

The late Walter Dean Myers was the 2012-2013 National Ambassador for Young People's Literature. He was the critically acclaimed New York Times bestselling author of an award-winning body of work which includes Somewhere in the Darkness, Slam!, and Monster. Mr. Myers has received two Newbery Honor medals, five Coretta Scott King Author Book Awards, and three National Book Award Finalist citations. In addition, he was the winner of the first Michael L. Printz Award.


Paperback / softback

Perfect-bound Paperback

ISBN: 9780590543439

192pp. | 5-¼ x 7-⅝