More Than Rivals - Ken Abrahm
An Inspiring True Story Set in the Midst of the Civil Rights Era
1970, racial tension was at a breaking point in the southern town of
Gallatin, Tennessee. Desegregation had emotions running high. The town
was a powder keg ready to erupt. But it was also on the verge of
Eddie Sherlin and Bill Ligon were boys
growing up on opposite sides of the tracks who shared a passion for
basketball. They knew the barriers that divided them--some physical
landmarks and some hidden in the heart--but those barriers melted away
when the boys were on the court. After years of playing wherever they
could find a hoop, Eddie and Bill entered the rigors of their respective
high school teams. And at the end of the 1970 season, all-white
Gallatin High and all-black Union High faced each other in a
once-in-a-lifetime championship game. What happened that night would
challenge Eddie and Bill--and transform their town.
Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: Revell (June 7, 2016)
MY THOUGHTS: This is my book club choice for August. I'm not really too fond of reading books on sports, but this book is more than sports. It's about two boys, one white, one black that become friends during a time when this was unheard of. The one thing that connects them is basketball. Eddie and Bill eventually grow apart, but the friendship is still there. It is shown at the Finals of the 1970 season. Eddie's school, all white, Gallatin High and Bill's school, all black Union High have to face each other in the finals. What will become of the town if the black school wins? What will happen if the white school wins? I'm not telling.....you have to read the book to find out. I give this book 5.....
This book is for 1 of my reading challenges....
52 Books in 52 Weeks