Wednesday, August 24, 2016


More Than Rivals - Ken Abrahm

Product Description(
An Inspiring True Story Set in the Midst of the Civil Rights Era

By 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 something incredible.

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) 
Language: English 
ISBN-10: 0800727223 
ISBN-13: 978-0800727222

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 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

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