Tacko Fall: To New Heights

ISBN-10: 1536219584
ISBN-13: 9781536219586
Author: Fall, Tacko and Justin Haynes
Illustrated by: Brown, Reggie
Interest Level: K-3
Publisher: Candlewick Press

Publication Date: September 2022

Copyright: 2022

Page Count: 32

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Interest Level

Grades K-3

Reading Level

Guided Reading: O

BISAC Subjects

JUVENILE NONFICTION / Biography & Autobiography / Sports & Recreation


The inspiring true story of basketball phenom Tacko Fall-and his journey from West Africa to the NBA-will inspire young people to dream and do. Tacko Fall was always tall, even as a child, but he wasn't always a slam-dunk star. On his first official day of training as a boy in Senegal, running up and down the basketball court was exhausting. The first time he tried weight-lifting, he could barely lift the bar, even with no weights on it! The game had many rules that he didn't understand, but Tacko set aside frustration and found the courage to keep working. The more he practiced, the more his skills grew, and the more reachable his goals became. Touching on immigration, determination, hard work, and the long road to success, this picture-book biography of one rising basketball star will delight his many fans and introduce him to new ones. Coauthored with his sports agent and paired with engaging illustrations, Tacko Fall's relatable story will motivate readers to overcome obstacles and aim high-and higher still.
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