Groundwood Books

The Stone Thrower

Written by Jael Ealey Richardson • Illustrated by Matt James

For kids 5 - 9 years old | Published 2016-50- | ISBN 9781554987535
JUVENILE NONFICTION / People & Places / United States / African American

Cover of The Stone Thrower

Regular price $16.95 CAD

32 pages | 9.00 in × 10.00 in
Digital Format

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About this book

The Stone Thrower

Jael Ealey Richardson • Matt James

The African-American football player Chuck Ealey grew up in a segregated neighborhood of Portsmouth, Ohio. Against all odds, he became an incredible quarterback. But despite his unbeaten record in high school and university, he would never play professional football in the United States.

Chuck Ealey grew up poor in a racially segregated community that was divided from the rest of town by a set of train tracks, but his mother assured him that he wouldn’t stay in Portsmouth forever. Education was the way out, and a football scholarship was the way to pay for that education. So despite the racist taunts he faced at all the games he played in high school, Chuck maintained a remarkable level of dedication and determination. And when discrimination followed him to university and beyond, Chuck Ealey remained undefeated.

This inspirational story is told by Chuck Ealey’s daughter, author and educator Jael Richardson, with striking and powerful illustrations by award-winning illustrator Matt James.

Awards and Praise
The Stone Thrower is a story of grit, visual and inspirational, in its truest form.
  • Commended CCBC Best Books for Children and Teens, 2016
  • Commended Cooperative Children's Book Center Choices List, 2017
  • Commended CBC Best Books of 2016, 2016
  • Short-listed Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Canadian Picture Book Award, 2016