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The Undefeated


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Kwame Alexander (Author) Kwame Alexander is a poet, educator, and the New York Times bestselling author of 28+ books, including The Undefeated, Booked and Rebound, the follow-up to his Newbery medal-winning middle grade novel, The Crossover. He's also the Founding Editor of Versify, an imprint that publishes fiction and poetry for children and young adults. Kadir Nelson (Illustrator) Kadir Nelson is an American artist who currently exhibits his artwork in galleries and museums nationwide and abroad. He has created artwork for a host of distinguished clients including Sports Illustrated, The Coca-Cola Company and Dreamworks SKG as the lead conceptual artist creating for Steven Spielberg's Oscar nominated feature film, Amistad. He has created artwork for albums by Michael Jackson and Drake, and is the creator of several bestselling picture books. He has been nominated for the 2022 Hans Christian Andersen Award.


"A powerful tribute to the African-American experience...This book will fill readers with a sense of the wealth and the cost of history." * New York Times *
"A beautiful volume that encourages multiple viewings and further research. With a lengthy roster of accolades and best-seller credits between them, this untouchable duo's book will fly off the shelf." * Booklist, starred review *
"An incredible connector text for young readers eager to graduate to weighty conversations about our yesterday, our now, and our tomorrow" * Kirkus, starred review *
"Alexander's magnificent anthem to the courage and genius of black Americans is paired with stunning portraits by Nelson." * Publishers Weekly, Best Children's and YA Books of 2019 *
"The elegance of the language and the rhythm of the words are married with Kadir Nelson's heart-stoppingly beautiful illustrations and the outcome is an absolutely breathtaking picturebook." * CLPE, Staff Picks 2019 *

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