Zion Unmatched by Zion Clark and James S. Hirsch


Zion Unmatched by Zion Clark and James S. Hirsch. Candlewick Press, 2021. 9781536224184

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 4

Format: Hardcover

Genre:  Autobiography

What did you like about the book?  This visually striking autobiographical picture book introduces us to Zion Clark, an elite athlete born with no legs. The reader learns of Zion’s difficult childhood and his eventual adoption from the foster care system.  Full page photographs of Zion participating in his many, and varied, sports are accompanied by Zion’s own words of encouragement and inspiration, along with quotes from people who are close to him (his adoptive mother, his wrestling coach, etc.). Overall the book is beautiful and many readers will find the life of Zion inspiring.

Anything you didn’t like about it? No

To whom would you recommend this book?  Ages 10 and up, especially those interested in sports. 

Who should buy this book? Middle schools, high schools, and public libraries

Where would you shelve it ? Biography

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? No

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Kerry A. Lemare, Robbins Library, Arlington MA

Date of review: August 7, 2021

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