Ms. Yoo begins Sammy's story when he was twelve years old, longing to swim and dive on a day that was not Wednesday. Wednesdays were the only days he was permitted to swim since he was a person of color. Despite his limited access to a swimming pool, he rose above his circumstances and found ways to achieve excellence. The book relates numerous obstacles he faced and how he overcame them to achieve his goal-winning a gold medal at the Olympics.
Author's note provides information about Sammy Lee beyond 1948.
Ask readers what the title means before and afte reading.
Strategies: inferring, asking questions
*Borrowed from the library.