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An Equal Shot

An Equal Shot

How the Law Title IX Changed America

Helaine Becker; illustrations by Dow Phumiruk

Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)


"The book we needed right now." —Betsy Bird, A Fuse #8 Production

Helaine Becker's An Equal Shot is a nonfiction picture book introduction to the history and importance of Title IX as civil rights legislature, featuring illustrations by Dow Phumiruk.

You’ve likely heard of the law Title IX. It protects the equal rights of students, athletes, and professionals in America regardless of gender. But do you know about the women who fought to enact this new law?

Here is the rousing account of how Title IX was shaped at the hands of brave politicians who took risks to secure women’s dreams and their futures under the Constitution. From the creative team that brought you Counting on Katherine and told in simple, commanding prose, An Equal Shot celebrates the power of words to defend and unite vulnerable people.

Christy Ottaviano Books

Praise for An Equal Shot

"Provides a look at the fundamental nature of the law. The back matter features additional information, including portraits of the heroes in Congress who fought for the passage of Title IX, details regarding the progress made and the work to be done for full equality, and resources for further exploration. A recommended addition that expands awareness of the full impact of Title IX." —School Library Journal

"Becker ably explains to readers that Title IX is about more than just giving girls and women the ability to play sports. . .Both an easy-to-read introduction and a powerful reminder that we must always fight for equality." —Kirkus Reviews


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Helaine Becker; illustrations by Dow Phumiruk

Helaine Becker is the author of many books for young readers, including the bestselling Counting on Katherine: How Katherine Johnson Saved Apollo 13, which was named an NSTA Outstanding Science Trade Book, an NCTM Mathical Honor Book, an NCSS Notable Social Studies Trade Book, among other honors. She lives in Toronto, Canada.

Dow Phumiruk is the award-winning illustrator of Counting on Katherine: How Katherine Johnson Saved Apollo 13 and Maya Lin: Artist-Architect of Light and Lines. A general pediatrician with a passion for art, Dow lives in Colorado with her family.

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Dow Phumiruk

Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)

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