Jimmy the Greatest!

Written by Jairo Boitrago

Illustrated by Rafael Yockteng

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Published by Groundwood Books 2010

Jimmy lives in a small village in Central America, where there isn’t much other than a church and a boxing ring.  Jimmy is inspired by his boxing coach and Muhammed Ali, and practices hard to become a good boxer.  However, when his coach leaves, Jimmy stays behind to run gym, open a small library, and be part of his humble town.

Great connections to literature and history.  References to contemporary Muhammed Ali at the peak of his career.  Great geographical and economical connections as well.  Students can look at how the people in Central America live.

Spanish edition won Venezuela’s Best Book of the Year Award.

Accessed: Augusta County Library

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