Jim Thorpe's Bright Path

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Product Description: This biography portrays the childhood and school years of the immensely talented Native American athlete, Jim Thorpe (1887—1953). Born in Oklahoma, Thorpe spent his first years exploring the outdoors with his father and twin brother, Charlie. At age six, the boys were sent to an Indian boarding school, which Jim hated. He struggled academically, and his only outlet was sports. In the years that followed, Jim suffered many personal losses and moved from school to school until a recruiter heard about his athletic ability and brought him to the Carlisle Indian School in Pennsylvania. There, Jim finally found himself gaining confidence among the students and excelling at both track and football.

Age Level: 9-12
Publisher: Lee & Low Books