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Author: Steve Sheinkin Narrator: Mark Bramhall Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2017 ISBN: 9780553552805
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This is an astonishing underdog sports story―and more. It’s an unflinching look at the US government’s violent persecution of Native Americans and the school that was designed to erase Indian cultures. Expertly told by three-time National Book Award finalist Steve Sheinkin, it’s the story of a group of young men who came together at that school, the overwhelming obstacles they faced both on and off the field, and their absolute refusal to accept defeat.

Jim Thorpe: Super athlete, Olympic gold medalist, Native American
Pop Warner: Indomitable coach, football mastermind, Ivy League grad

Before these men became legends, they met in 1907 at the Carlisle Indian Industrial School in Pennsylvania, where they forged one of the winningest teams in American football history. Called “the team that invented football,” they took on the best opponents of their day, defeating much more privileged schools such as Harvard and the Army in a series of breathtakingly close calls, genius plays, and bone-crushing hard work.

This thoroughly-researched and documented book can be worked into multiple aspects of the common core curriculum.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Sheinkin’s telling holds the kind of hearty inspiration that Old West tales used to nurture in the kids of earlier eras. Thorpe’s greatness..[comes forth in] Sheinkin’s brisk and forthright delivery.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Thorpe’s fascinating personal story…[and] a thought-provoking narrative about the evolution of football and the development of boarding schools such as the Carlisle Indian School.”

    Washington Post

  • “With contagious excitement, Sheinkin enthralls…[and] compels readers to learn, admire, and bear witness to the ‘world’s greatest athlete.’”

    Shelf Awareness (starred review)

  • “A model of research and documentation as well as of stylish writing that tells an always absorbing story.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “A gifted storyteller who never forgets the story in history. He is unflinchingly honest in pointing out the racism in white American culture at large and in football culture…Superb nonfiction that will entertain as it informs.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “Sheinkin weaves complicated threads of history…and the dual biographies of Thorpe and his coach Pop Warner—with the narrative skills of a gifted storyteller…Superb nonfiction that will entertain as it informs.”

    School Library Journal (starred review)

  • “Brief, action-packed chapters evince Sheinkin’s consistently multilayered approach, as he connects various subplots…and uses genuine cliffhangers for a propulsive reading experience.”

    Horn Book Guide (starred review)

  • “Narrator Mark Bramhall[‘s] steady delivery and intense tone will make listeners feel like they’re part of every game. Bramhall expertly portrays the brash coach ‘Pop’ Warner as he works to build the passion of his players to create a stronger team. Listeners will cheer for the Native American team and for Thorpe as they prove their greatness by defeating some of the best college teams of their time.”


  • An Amazon Best Book of the Month for January 2017
  • Boston Globe-Horn Book Award Honoree in Nonfiction

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About the Author

Steve Sheinkin is the award-winning author of fast-paced, cinematic histories for young readers. His The Port Chicago 50: Disaster, Mutiny, and the Fight for Civil Rights was longlisted for the National Book Award. Bomb: The Race to Build-and Steal-the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon was a Newbery Honor Book, a National Book Award finalist, and winner of the Sibert Award and YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults.

About the Narrator

Mark Bramhall has won the prestigious Audie Award for best narration, more than thirty AudioFile Earphones Awards, and has repeatedly been named by AudioFile magazine and Publishers Weekly among their “Best Voices of the Year.” He is also an award-winning actor whose acting credits include off-Broadway, regional, and many Los Angeles venues as well as television, animation, and feature films. He has taught and directed at the American Academy of Dramatic Art.