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The girl who ran : Bobbi Gibb, the first woman to run the Boston Marathon / written by Frances Poletti & Kristina Yee ; illustrated by Susanna Chapman.

Poletti, Frances, (author.). Chapman, Susanna, (illustrator.). Yee, Kristina, (author.).

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Covington Branch J B G437p (Text) 33126022190734 JBiography Available -
Erlanger Branch J B G437p (Text) 33126022190726 JBiography Available -

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  • ISBN: 9781943200474
  • ISBN: 1943200475
  • Physical Description: 1 volume (unpaged, approximately 39 pages, several fold out) : color illustrations, 28 cm
  • Publisher: Seattle, WA : Compendium, Inc., [2017]

Content descriptions

Summary, etc.:
"In 1966, the world believed it was impossible for a woman to run the Boston Marathon. Bobbi Gibb was determined to prove them wrong. She said she would do it, she wasn't a liar; she'd show them by running like the wind in the fire." -- back cover.
Language Note:
Text in English.
Subject: Gibb, Roberta Louise, 1942-
Boston Marathon.
Women runners > United States > Biography.
Marathon races.
Marathon running.

  • School Library Journal Reviews : SLJ Reviews 2017 July

    Gr 3 Up—In this lively narrative, the authors recount the true story of Roberta "Bobbi" Gibb, the first woman to run the Boston Marathon. Growing up in the 1950s, young Gibb loved to run "into the woods, over the hills, through the fields and by streams." Years later, when she went to Boston to watch the marathon with her father, the young woman was enthralled and later resolved to enter the race. Despite her parents' objections ("Good girls don't run"), she began to train, traveling across the country to practice on different terrains. Her race application was rejected ("Women cannot run marathons"), but undaunted, Gibb disguised herself as a man and joined the runners at the starting line. As the miles flew by and the temperature rose, she had to shed her bulky sweatshirt and reveal her true identity. As she crossed the finish line, history was made. The story is accompanied by rhyming lines of verse that capture Gibb's unquenchable need to run. The old-fashioned charm of the softly colored retro illustrations reflects the essence and style of a bygone era. In a particularly appealing spread, Gibb runs by Wellesley College, buoyed by the support of the coeds. Their words of encouragement are printed above the scene in an eye-catching script. An appended biographical note and time line provide a brief history of the famous race. VERDICT Bobbi Gibb's unrelenting determination will resonate with readers of all ages who dream of accomplishing a seemingly unattainable goal. A pleasing addition to biography and sports collections.—Linda L. Walkins, Saint Joseph Preparatory High School, Boston

    Copyright 2017 School Library Journal.

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