A Sporting Chance: How Ludwig Guttmann Created the Paralympic Games (Hardcover)

A Sporting Chance: How Ludwig Guttmann Created the Paralympic Games By Lori Alexander, Allan Drummond (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Lori Alexander, Allan Drummond (Illustrator)


Telling the inspiring human story behind the creation of the Paralympics, this young readers biography artfully combines archival photos, full-color illustrations, and a riveting narrative to honor the life of Ludwig Guttmann, whose work profoundly changed so many lives. 

Dedicating his life to helping patients labeled “incurables,” Ludwig Guttmann fought for the rights of paraplegics to live a full life. The young doctor believed—and eventually proved—that physical movement is key to healing, a discovery that led him to create the first Paralympic Games. 

Told with moving text and lively illustrations, and featuring the life stories of athletes from the Paralympic Games Ludwig helped create, this story of the man who saved lives through sports will inspire readers of all backgrounds.

About the Author

Lori Alexander’s many books for young readers include the picture book Backhoe Joe and the acclaimed biographies What’s a Germ, Joseph Lister?: The Medical Mystery That Forever Changed the Way We Heal and the Sibert Honor–winning All in a Drop: How Antony van Leeuwenhoek Discovered an Invisible World. She lives in Tucson, Arizona, with her husband, two book-loving kids, and two book-eating dogs. You can visit her at lorialexanderbooks.com.

Allan Drummond is the illustrator of many children’s books, including The Journey that Saved Curious George. He studied illustration at the Royal College of Art in London and has lived and worked in France and the USA.


Praise For…

"Informative, engaging, and important." — Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"With clarity and immediacy, Alexander tells a riveting story....Throughout, Alexander conveys the force of Guttmann’s commanding personality as well as his fierce drive and determination not just to heal his patients but to change public perception of disabilities and disabled people." — Horn Book (starred review)

"[T]his inspirational biography... highlights the power of sport to motivate and heal while demonstrating how the dedication of one pioneering doctor continues to mean a life-changing difference for many."  — Publishers Weekly

"This heartwarming biography will appeal to anyone who supports equal rights and disability justice." — Booklist

"An uplifting biography that spotlights the dedicated physician who saved lives, created the Paralympic Games, and became a pioneer for disability rights.?" — School Library Journal

“Period photographs and Drummond’s watercolor illustrations are well balanced to capture the grim reality and uplifting optimism surrounding the mid-twentieth century approach to disabilities. With short chapters, a fluent text, and the timeline, index, bibliography, and notes to support student research, this engaging title will be welcome for in-class and independent reading.” — Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

Product Details
ISBN: 9781328580795
ISBN-10: 1328580792
Publisher: Clarion Books
Publication Date: April 7th, 2020
Pages: 128
Language: English