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Book Title: Sixteen Years in Sixteen Seconds: The Sammy Lee Story|
The author of the book: Paula Yoo
Date of issue: April 1st 2005
ISBN 13: 9781584302476
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 496 KB
Edition: Lee & Low Books
Read full description of the books Sixteen Years in Sixteen Seconds: The Sammy Lee Story:Sixteen Years in Sixteen Seconds (The Sammy Lee Story) is an inspirational picture book biography of the first Asian American who succeeded in successfully reaching his personal goals of becoming an Olympic Gold Medal diving champion as well as a doctor. This book was a recipient of the New Voices Award, which recognizes and encourages new writers of color for their contribution to childrens literature for an outstanding picture book.
The story begins in the sweltering hot summer of 1932 in California. Twelve-year-old Sammy Lee longingly looks with envy through a chain-linked fence at the white children swimming in the public pool. Sammy watches a boy dive off the diving board and knows that is what he wants to learn to do. He knows he will have to wait until Wednesday to swim in the pool, because that is the only day that people of color are allowed inside the pool.
Sammy goes to the pool on the following Wednesday, and with the encouragement of his friend, Hart Crum, learns to dive off the diving board. Throughout the summer, Sammy discovers he has a natural talent for diving, but his Korean born father wants Sammy to concentrate on becoming a doctor. One day, Sammy sees the streets of his community decorated with flags from different countries. Sammy learns that the city of Los Angeles is hosting the Olympics and that the gold medal winners were considered to be the best athletes in the world. Sammy knew at that moment, that he wanted to be an Olympic champion.
Sammy with the help of Coach Ryan develops his diving skills and with extraordinary hard work and determination earns a reputation for graceful effortless dives. Sammy also earns all A’s in his academic classes and is voted Most Likely to Succeed. He is offered a full scholarship to College, but still is faced with discrimination and social injustice. Sammy remembers what his father always told him, “In America, you can achieve anything if you set your heart to it” and eventually becomes a doctor and at the age of twenty-eight qualifies for the U.S. Olympic diving team.
Sammy wins an Olympic Gold medal and is filled with pride for himself and his country. He recalls all the positive support he had for the past sixteen years from his father, his coach, and his friend and knows that anything is possible with hard work and determination.
The sepia colored acrylic-and wax- textured illustrations complement the text and leave the reader with an authentic impression of life during this time period. The protagonist is inspirational and believable and the author’s writing is engaging and motivational. I would recommend this biography for grades 2 through grade 4. Teachers can use this as read aloud for younger readers or a read alone for more fluent older readers.
Read information about the authorFrom http://www.paulayoo.com/bio
Paula Yoo is an acclaimed children’s book author and novelist, TV drama screenwriter, and musician. Paula’s TV writing credits include NBC’s The West Wing, FOX’s Tru Calling, The N (Paramount/MTV cable network)’s Beyond the Break, The CW’s Hidden Palms, and LIFETIME’s Side Order of Life.
She graduated with a B.A. cum laude in English from Yale University, an M.S. in Journalism from Columbia University, and an MFA in Creative Writing from Warren Wilson College, where she was the recipient of the prestigious Larry Levis Fellowship in Fiction. Before becoming a full-time author and screenwriter, she was a journalist (staff feature writer/reporter for The Seattle Times, The Detroit News, and PEOPLE Magazine’s Los Angeles bureau).
Her debut novel, GOOD ENOUGH, was released February 5, 2008 from HarperCollins. She is also the author of the children’s non-fiction picture book, Sixteen Years in Sixteen Seconds: The Sammy Lee Story (illustrated by Dom Lee), published by Lee & Low Books in 2003. It won the Lee & Low 2003 New Voices Award, received starred reviews from BookList and Kirkus Reviews, and was on the 2006 Texas BlueBonnet Masterlist and the IRA 2006 Notable Book list. Her second picture book, Shooting Star: The Anna May Wong Story, about legendary screen star Anna May Wong, will be illustrated by Lin Wang and published in Spring 2009 by Lee & Low Books.
She is the sister of David Yoo, also a young adult novelist. He is the one who design the awesome cover of GOOD ENOUGH.
When not writing, Paula is a professional freelance violinist. Classically trained, Paula studied violin at the Hartt School of Music and Yale University and was concertmaster of the Detroit Civic Symphony Orchestra, principal second of the Yale Symphony Orchestra, and a member of the Santa Monica and Torrance Symphony Orchestras. She has performed numerous classical chamber music recitals throughout the LA area, including concerts with the Los Angeles Chamber Players. Paula also loves playing alternative rock on her Fender electric violin and Celtic fiddle! She has performed, toured, and recorded with a number of national rock acts including Arthur Lee of Love, Spiritualized, The Dilettantes, Dylan Campbell, Kathleen "Bird" York, Anne McCue, Bright Blue Gorilla, The NOW People, Kissing Cousins, Wait Think Fast, Emma Burgess, Buck McCoy, Listing Ship and Random AOK.
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