Jim Thorpe and the Carlisle Indian School Football Team

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"Sheinkin has made a career of finding extraordinary stories in American history." -- The New York Times Book Review

Undefeated: Jim Thorpe and the Carlisle Indian School Football Team is an astonishing underdog sports story--and more. It's an unflinching look at the U.S. government's violent persecution of Native Americans and the school that was designed to erase Indian cultures. Expertly told by three-time National Book Award finalist Steve Sheinkin, it's the story of a group of young men who came together at that school, the overwhelming obstacles they faced both on and off the field, and their absolute refusal to accept defeat.

Jim Thorpe: Super athlete, Olympic gold medalist, Native American
Pop Warner: Indomitable coach, football mastermind, Ivy League grad

Before these men became legends, they met in 1907 at the Carlisle Indian Industrial School in Pennsylvania, where they forged one of the winningest teams in American football history. Called "the team that invented football," they took on the best opponents of their day, defeating much more privileged schools such as Harvard and the Army in a series of breathtakingly close calls, genius plays, and bone-crushing hard work.

A 2017 Horn Book-Boston Globe Nonfiction Honor Book
A Washington Post Best Book of 2017
A New York Times Notable Children's Book of 2017
A Kirkus Reviews Best Non-Fiction Book of 2017
A Horn Book Fanfare Best Book of 2017
A 2017 Booklist Youth Editors' Choice
A New York City Public Library Notable Best Book for Teens
A Chicago Public Library Best Book of 2017
A 2018 ALSC Notable Children's Book
A National Council for the Social Studies Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People
A 2018 VOYA Nonfiction Honor Book

This thoroughly-researched and documented book can be worked into multiple aspects of the common core curriculum.

Publisher: New York, New York : Roaring Brook Press, c2017
ISBN: 9781596439542
Branch Call Number: 796.33 Shei
Characteristics: 280 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm


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Feb 24, 2018

This is an amazing historical account that does not pull any punches. We see Pop Warner and Jim Thorpe as they were and the historical events taking place around them. The game of football evolved from a slugfest into the game of finesse we see today in many respects due to the genius of Warner and the athletic talents of the Carlisle Indian athletes. They were smaller and lighter than their opponents, but achieved statistics that even the elite four could not touch. The account of the Carlisle vs Army(West Point) is especially interesting with Ike and Omar Bradley being a key players on the Army team.
I highly recommend Sheinkins' books. He sheds so much light on subjects that even adults may know only a few facts about(if any).

This nonfiction book explores the history of Jim Thorpe and the Carlisle Indian School Football Team. I liked how the book presented both the legends and the flaws of all the people. Sheinkin does a great job making the story interesting and exploring the lives of these people. Enjoyable and well written if if you're not a football fan.


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