EPIC ATHLETES:  ALEX MORGAN
EPIC ATHLETES: ALEX MORGAN

Kicking off his new series of sports biographies for young readers, journalist Dan Wetzel tells the inspiring true life story of a US Women’s Soccer star in Epic Athletes: Alex Morgan.

Featuring graphic-style illustrations by Cory Thomas!

Fierce competitor. World Cup winner. Role model.

U.S. Women’s Soccer star Alex Morgan has earned each of these impressive titles throughout her incredible career. As a young girl growing up in Southern California, she dreamed of being a professional soccer player, fighting to compete on the international stage against the world’s greatest athletes. Flash forward to the present and Alex Morgan has emerged as the face of U.S. Women’s soccer, famous for her clutch, late-game goals, and an inspiration to kids across the country.

Bestselling author Dan Wetzel details the rise of an American champion in this uplifting biography for young readers, complete with dynamic comic-style illustrations.

Praise for Epic Athletes

* “An unusually informative and enjoyable sports biography for young readers.” —Booklist, starred review for Epic Athletes: Stephen Curry

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EPIC ATHLETES:  SERENA WILLIAMS
EPIC ATHLETES: SERENA WILLIAMS

Epic Athletes: Serena Williams is an inspiring middle-grade biography of the most celebrated women’s tennis player ever from acclaimed sports journalist Dan Wetzel!

Featuring comic-style illustrations by Sloane Leong!

Serena Williams is no stranger to overcoming obstacles. From growing up in a tough neighborhood to combatting racism to weathering severe health issues, there is no challenge she can’t defeat, no hurdle that will get in the way of her unwavering desire to be the best tennis player in the world.

As a little girl, Serena spent years training at her local court with her father and older sister, Venus, dreaming of one day winning Grand Slam titles and earning the number one ranking in the world. After more than twenty years of dominating the world of tennis, there’s no doubt that Serena has made her dreams come true. In this inspiring biography, bestselling author Dan Wetzel brings to life the story of an athlete and trailblazer who broke records and racial barriers.

Featuring action-packed comic-style interior art, this uplifting biography of the most celebrated women’s tennis player of all time is sure to be a hit with young sports fans across the country.

Praise for Epic Athletes

* “An unusually informative and enjoyable sports biography for young readers.” —Booklist, starred review for Epic Athletes: Stephen Curry

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EPIC ATHLETES:  SIMONE BILES
EPIC ATHLETES: SIMONE BILES

In Epic Athletes: Simone Biles, celebrated sports journalist Dan Wetzel scores a perfect ten with this uplifting young reader’s biography of gold medal gymnast Simone Biles!

Featuring comic-style illustrations from Marcelo Baez!

At the 2016 Summer Olympics, Simone Biles dazzled gymnastics fans across the globe with each jaw-dropping flip, twist, and dismount. Her record-breaking performance catapulted her to the top of the sport, and she quickly became a hero to young people.

But well before Simone faced Olympic trials on the balance beam and rings, she confronted real-life challenges as a kid, as she moved in and out of foster care. With the support and love of her grandparents, plus her unwavering drive to make history on the ultimate stage in sports, she grew into an incredible role model and activist—and one of the greatest athletes of our time.

Filled with sports action and bold comic-style illustrations, this inspiring biography recounts the incredible life of a world class gymnast.

Praise for Epic Athletes:

* “Wetzel knows how to organize the facts and tell a good story. . . an unusually informative and enjoyable sports biography for young readers.” —Booklist, STARRED review of Epic Athletes: Stephen Curry

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EPIC ATHLETES: LEBRON JAMES
EPIC ATHLETES: LEBRON JAMES

Epic Athletes: LeBron James is an inspiring young readers biography of the best basketball player of the modern era from celebrated sports journalist Dan Wetzel!

Featuring comic-style illustrations by Setor Fiadzigbey!

Whether you call him King James or simply LeBron, one thing is certain: LeBron James is THE face of the NBA. At just eighteen, and facing sky-high expectations, LeBron headed straight from high school to the pros. Cool under pressure, he went on to shatter the record books and become the most popular athlete in America.

Yet nothing was ever handed to LeBron. As a kid, he had to move homes constantly, even separating from his mother for a time. But through all the adversity, he took his natural talent and combined it with hard work to set himself on a path to greatness. Filled with sports action and bold illustrations, this exciting biography tells the story of a living NBA legend.

Praise for Epic Athletes:

“An unusually informative and enjoyable sports biography for young readers.” —Booklist, starred review for Epic Athletes: Stephen Curry

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EPIC ATHLETES: LIONEL MESSI
EPIC ATHLETES: LIONEL MESSI

Renowned sports journalist Dan Wetzel shoots and scores with Epic Athletes: Lionel Messi, an inspiring young readers biography of a soccer great who rose from an underdog to a champion!

Featuring comic-style illustrations by Jay Reed!

Lionel Messi has taken the soccer world by storm. He scored the most goals in a season. He’s racked up championships. There was even a statue built in his honor. Despite the accolades, he’s still hungry for more goals, more championships, more opportunities to shine on the soccer pitch. Messi’s drive to succeed has motivated him ever since he first stepped on his local, worn down field as a kid.

Yet his success didn’t come without bumps in the road. Diagnosed with a career-threatening medical condition at ten, Messi refused to give up on his dream, and went on to amass one of the greatest careers in sports history. Filled with sports action and bold illustrations, this thrilling biography details the rise of a living soccer legend.

Praise for Epic Athletes:

“An unusually informative and enjoyable sports biography for young readers.” —Booklist, starred review for Epic Athletes: Stephen Curry

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EPIC ATHLETES: PATRICK MAHOMES
EPIC ATHLETES: PATRICK MAHOMES

In this uplifting illustrated middle-grade biography, acclaimed sports journalist Dan Wetzel tackles the real-life story of the NFL’s brightest rising star, quarterback Patrick Mahomes!

In 2018, Patrick Mahomes stepped onto the gridiron as the new, inexperienced quarterback for the Kansas City Chiefs. Just twenty-two-years old at the time, football fans wondered if this young man could live up to lofty expectations. Little did they know, a star was about to be born.

By season’s end, Patrick threw a whopping fifty touchdowns, the youngest to ever do so, and took his team nearly all the way to the Super Bowl. And the next season, he became the youngest quarterback ever to win Super Bowl MVP! With limitless potential, Patrick not only emerged as the NFL’s most dynamic and exciting player, but he’s also become a role model to kids across the country. Filled with sports action and comic-style illustrations, this inspiring biography tells the story of the new king of pro football.

Praise for Epic Athletes

* “Wetzel knows how to organize the facts and tell a good story. [A]n unusually informative and enjoyable sports biography for young readers.” —Booklist, starred review

“Dan Wetzel has a winning formula in his Epic Athletes series, sure to appeal to young sports fans.” —The Buffalo News

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EPIC ATHLETES: STEPHEN CURRY
EPIC ATHLETES: STEPHEN CURRY

In Epic Athletes: Stephen Curry, acclaimed journalist and bestselling author Dan Wetzel tells the inspiring, electrifying story of the NBA superstar, beginning a new series of sports biographies for young readers!

Featuring comic-style illustrations by Zeke Peña!

When you think of Stephen Curry, one word comes to mind: greatness. From shooting three-pointers with laser precision to his clutch ability to hit buzzer-beaters time and again, he has established himself as one of the best players in pro basketball.

But greatness was never a guarantee for Steph. The son of a talented NBA player, he dreamed of one day playing professionally just like his dad. Yet Steph, who was always smaller and weaker than the competition, was told over and over that he would never be talented enough to be a college star or NBA player–let alone the MVP of the entire league. Through tenacity and hard work, he proved them all wrong and went on to dismantle the record books.

With the high energy of a TV commentator, and featuring dynamic comic-style illustrations, this engaging biography tells the story of an NBA All-Star and the path he took to achieve his dreams.

* “Wetzel knows how to organize the facts and tell a good story. . . an unusually informative and enjoyable sports biography for young readers.” —Booklist (starred review)

A Junior Library Guild selection!

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