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Read Out Loud GAME CHANGERS: THE STORY OF VENUS AND SERENA WILLIAMS

Gather round as award-winning author, Lesa Cline-Ransome reads GAME CHANGERS: THE STORY OF VENUS AND SERENA WILLIAMS on this episode of Read Out Loud. Lesa tells the greatest story in tennis — the story of two sisters from humble beginnings who devoted their lives to changing the sport forever and becoming the best players the game has ever seen — together.

ABOUT THE BOOK

GAME CHANGERS: THE STORY OF VENUS AND SERENA WILLIAMS
by Lesa Cline-Ransome, illustrated by James Ransome
Venus and Serena Williams. Two peas in a pod. Best friends. Sisters.

Six days a week they awoke before the sun came up to practice their serves and returns, to learn to run faster and hit harder. They were unstoppable. At age fourteen, Venus played her first professional match. Three years later, it was Serena’s turn. It wasn’t easy. Some tennis fans cheered for these two fresh faces, while those who were unhappy to see two black girls competing in a nearly all-white sport booed and taunted them. But they didn’t let it stop them.
With vibrant mixed media art, nonfiction superstars Lesa Cline-Ransome and Coretta Scott King Honor winner James E. Ransome share the inspirational story of two tennis legends who were fierce competitors on the courts, but close sisters above all.

ABOUT Lesa Cline-Ransome

Lesa Cline-Ransome is the writer of many picture books. Her picture book biography titles include Satchel Paige, Major Taylor, Champion Cyclist, Young Pele, Soccer’s First Star, Helen Keller, The World in Her Heart, Before There was Mozart and Words Set me Free: The Story of Young Frederick Douglass. Other titles are Quilt Alphabet, Quilt Counting and her newest is Light in the Darkness, A Story about How Slaves Learned in Secret. Originally from Malden, Massachusetts, Lesa has worked as a proofreader, fashion copywriter, publicist, teacher in the New York City Schools, and taught writing for adults. She has a B.F.A. in Merchandising and Management from Pratt Institute and an M.A. in Education from N.Y.U. She lives in Rhinebeck, New York and with her husband and frequent collaborator, illustrator James Ransome, four children and St. Bernard, Nola.

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59 Comments

Kid Lit TV Commenter Sophia

That was so sweet!!! Nothing can keep me from celebrating MY sister’s victory!!!

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Kid Lit TV Commenter Mrs. Balba's student (Sydney)

This was a cool and interesting book. I learned a lot about them.

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Kid Lit TV Commenter Mrs. Balba's Student (Sydney)

Cool And interesting because I learned a lot.
WRITEN IN 2020 (APRIL 14th)

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Kid Lit TV Commenter A

It was the best book I ever heard about tennis!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 🎾

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Kid Lit TV Commenter Mason

very cool i like wachting tenis!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Kid Lit TV Commenter I'm not some strangers my name

They worked together to win each match so it would be a breeze to win

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Kid Lit TV Commenter I'm not some strangers my name

They worked together to win each match so it would be a breeze to win

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Kid Lit TV Commenter its me the good kid

it’s amzing yall i hope part to will be to come on this thing

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Kid Lit TV Commenter Laura the Librarian

My students (3rd-5th) were amazed at the William sister’s tough situation. However, they were impressed by two women who are now the two most successful tennis players in the world! It’s an inspiring story. Thank you for making it accessible to young learners.

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Kid Lit TV Commenter Violet

This is a wonderful place to hear people read to you and it is really good for your child to learn to read because it reads to your child and they can look at the pictures and you can learn to read that way so it is really good for your child and they will love this so much they will want to stay on this forever and not leave this that is why I like this for my child

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Kid Lit TV Commenter Tyler

They did everything together and they played tennis 6 days a week, well that payed off because Serena would go on to be one of the best tennis players ever.

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Kid Lit TV Commenter Sophie

the book cover look like they’d be like against each other but they loved each other

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Kid Lit TV Commenter Thaarunika

This is an interesting historical story!📖 I like it so much! I also like the really cool illustrations in the book that you read.🌃🌆. I wonder what actually happened next. Do you know.

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