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Quickest Kid in Clarksville

Written by Pat Zietlow Miller & illustrated by Frank Morrison
Published by Chronicle Books
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It’s the day before the big parade. Alta can only think about one thing: Wilma Rudolph, three-time Olympic gold medalist. She’ll be riding on a float tomorrow. See, Alta is the quickest kid in Clarksville, Tennessee, just like Wilma once was. It doesn’t matter that Alta’s shoes have holes because Wilma came from hard times, too. But what happens when a new girl with shiny new shoes comes along and challenges Alta to a race? Will she still be the quickest kid? <em>The Quickest Kid in Clarksville</em> is a timeless story of dreams, determination, and the power of friendship.

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Who Wrote Quickest Kid in Clarksville

Pat Zietlow Miller

Pat Zietlow Miller is a bestselling children’s book author. She is the author of Sophie’s Squash, which was starred by Kirkus, Booklist, SLJ, and PW, as well as awarded the 2014 Crystal Kite Award, the 2014 Golden Kite Award, a 2014 Charlotte Zolotow Honor, and the Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Honor. Her second book, Wherever You Go, received two starred reviews and has sold in multiple translations. She is also the author of Sharing the Bread, Sophie’s Squash Goes to School, and The Quickest Kid in Clarksville.

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Who Illustrated Quickest Kid in Clarksville

Frank Morrison

Frank Morrison is the award-winning illustrator of many books for young readers, including Jazzy Miz Mozetta by Brenda C. Roberts, winner of the Coretta Scott King–John Steptoe Award for New Talent. He also illustrated Little Melba and Her Big Trombone by Katheryn Russell-Brown and Let the Children March by Monica Clark-Robinson, both Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Books. Before becoming a children’s book illustrator and fine artist, Morrison toured the globe as a hip-hop dancer. He lives in Georgia with his family. You can visit him online at

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