Attucks!: Oscar Robertson and the Basketball Team That Awakened a City

Version: Unabridged
Author: Phillip Hoose
Narrator: Phillip Hoose
Genres: Juvenile & Children's, American Politics
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
Published In: October 2018
# of Units: 2 CDs
Length: 4 hours, 36 minutes
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'Narrator Brad Sanders's baritone voice bestows deserved gravitas on this remarkable story...Hoops and history fans won't be the only ones appreciating this inspirational listen.' - AudioFile Magazine

Attucks! is the true story of the all-black high school basketball team that broke the color barrier in segregated 1950s Indiana, masterfully told by National Book Award winner Phil Hoose.
By winning the state high school basketball championship in 1955, ten teens from an Indianapolis school meant to be the centerpiece of racially segregated education in the state shattered the myth of their inferiority. Their brilliant coach had fashioned an unbeatable team from a group of boys born in the South and raised in poverty. Anchored by the astonishing Oscar Robertson, a future college and NBA star, the Crispus Attucks Tigers went down in history as the first state champions from Indianapolis and the first all-black team in U.S. history to win a racially open championship tournament-an integration they had forced with their on-court prowess.
From native Hoosier and award-winning author Phillip Hoose comes this true story of a team up against impossible odds, making a difference when it mattered most.
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Author Details

Author Details

Hoose, Phillip

Phillip Hoose is an award-winning author of books, essays, stories, songs and articles. Although he first wrote for adults, he turned his attention to children and young adults in part to keep up with his own daughters. His book "Claudette Colvin" won a National Book Award and was dubbed a "Publisher's Weekly" Best Book of 2009. He is also the author of "Hey, Little Ant", co-authored by his daughter, Hannah, "It s Our World, Too!", "The Race to Save the Lord God Bird", and "We Were There, Too!", a National Book Award finalist. He has received a Jane Addams Children s Book Award, a Christopher Award, and a Boston Globe-Horn Book Award, among numerous honors. He was born in South Bend, Indiana, and grew up in the towns of South Bend, Angola, and Speedway, Indiana. He was educated at Indiana University and the Yale School of Forestry. He lives in Portland, Maine.