Ballyhoo for the Bunion Derby!
Published by Calkins Creek (2017-04-04)
"Speno's detailed, engaging narrative brings the times and the race vividly to today's readers...and plentiful archival material complements the lively narrative. An absorbing story of colorful times." -Kirkus Reviews
"In 1928... C. C. Pyle hatched the idea to have a transcontinental foot race. This inspiring book recounts the story of some of the 199 men...from all over the world who entered this grueling race. It recalls their struggles against difficult terrain and extreme weather conditions, injuries, and the prejudice some of the black racers encountered. The strength of this debut lies in the racers' compelling reasons for running. This overview of a little-known race will appeal to fans of extreme sports, history, and survival stories." - Booklist
"Speno's nonfiction debut hypnotically weaves the history of the 1920s into a colorful quilt of perseverance and ambition...Speno supports the story with a clear narrator who speaks to all readers. Young readers will lose themselves in the ballyhoo of the time, while older readers will want to further research the racers who have made a lasting impact on the world of running. Historical pictures and documents bring the story to life. Similar to Pyle's monumental race, this book is a must 'see.'" - VOYA