Sixteen Years in Sixteen Seconds: The Sammy Lee Story
By Paula Yoo
Illustrated by Dom Lee
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On a summer day in 1932, twelve-year-old Sammy Lee watched enviously as divers catapulted into the public swimming pool. Sammy desperately wanted to try diving himself, but the Korean American boy — like any person of color — was only allowed to use the pool one day a week.
This discrimination did not weaken Sammy's newfound passion for diving, and soon he began a struggle between his dream of becoming an Olympic champion and his father's wish for him to become a doctor. Over sixteen years Sammy faced numerous challenges, but he overcame them all and fulfilled both his dream and his father's. In 1948 Dr. Sammy Lee dove into Olympic history. A matter of seconds after his final platform dive, the scores appeared and Sammy Lee became the first Asian American to win an Olympic gold medal.
Sammy Lee's story of determination and triumph sets an extraordinary example for anyone striving to fulfill a dream. Winner of Lee & Low's New Voices Award, Sixteen Years in Sixteen Seconds will inspire all who read it.
Check out the curriculum guide for Sixteen Years in Sixteen Seconds from the William Allen White Children's Book Awards, established and directed by Emporia State University.
About the Creators
PAULA YOO is an author and screenwriter whose children's books for Lee & Low include Sixteen Years in Sixteen Seconds, Shining Star, and several titles in the Confetti Kids series. Her titles have been recognized by the International Reading Association, the Texas Bluebonnet Award Masterlist, and Lee & Low's New Voices Award. She and her husband live in Los Angeles, California, where she works in television. You can visit her online at paulayoo.com.
was born in Seoul, South Korea, and received his MFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York City. With his unique style of art combining techniques of painting and scratching details in encaustic wax, Lee has illustrated many award-winning picture books for children for LEE & LOW . He lives with his wife and children in Demarest, New Jersey. To find out more about Dom Lee, visit domandk.com
About This Title
Six Pack: 9781600604577
Texas Bluebonnet Masterlist
Texas Library Association (TLA)
Notable Books for a Global Society
International Reading Association (IRA)
Books Reflecting Diversity: - A Look Into a Wilder World
Bank Street College Children's Book Committee
Children's Book Award Notable
International Reading Association (IRA)
Cooperative Children's Book Center (CCBC)
Comstock Book Award Honor
Minnesota State University Moorhead
Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People
National Council for the Social Studies/ Children's Book Council
Horn Book Guide
William Allen White Masterlist
Emporia State University, Kansas
Interest Level:Grades 1 - 5
Reading Level:Grades 1 - 1
Nonfiction, United States History, Sports, Identity/Self Esteem/Confidence, Responsibility, Overcoming Obstacles, Occupations, Mentors, Immigration, History, Heroism, Fathers, Families, Education, Dreams & Aspirations, Discrimination, Conflict resolution, Civil Rights Movement, Childhood Experiences and Memories, Biography/Memoir, Asian/Asian American Interest, Sports History, Gratitude, Optimism/Enthusiasm, Persistence/Grit, Self Control/Self Regulation, Pride
Part of These Collections
Asian/Asian American English Collection Grades 3-5, Asian American English Collection Middle School, English Guided Reading Level S, Fluent Dual Language , Fluent English, Biography and Memoir Grades 3-6, Appendix B Diverse Collection Grades 3-6, Nonfiction Grades 3-6, New Voices Award Winners & Honors Collection, Martin Luther King Jr./Civil Rights Collection, Athletes and Sports, Asian Pacific American Heritage Collection , Father's Day Collection, California Book Collection , Korean Culture and History Collection, Summer Olympics Collection, NYU Nancy Cloud Collection, Persistence and Determination Collection, Pedro Noguera Diverse Collection Grades 3-5, Pedro Noguera Reluctant Readers Collection ,