Undefeated: Jim Thorpe and the Carlisle Indian School Football Team

Undefeated: Jim Thorpe and the Carlisle Indian School Football Team

Jim Thorpe: super athlete, Olympic gold medalist, Native American.Pop Warner: indomitable coach, football mastermind, Ivy League grad.Before these men became legends, they met in 1907 at the Carlisle Indian School in Pennsylvania, where they forged one of the winningest teams in the history of America’s favorite sport. Called “the team that invented football,” Carlisle’s i...

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Title:Undefeated: Jim Thorpe and the Carlisle Indian School Football Team
Author:Steve Sheinkin
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ISBN:1596439548
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:288 pages

Undefeated: Jim Thorpe and the Carlisle Indian School Football Team Reviews

  • David
    Mar 03, 2017

    4.25

    As a sports and football fan I have heard the name Jim Thorpe numerous times. He is one of those legends you hear about, but it was so long ago it is hard to really appreciate their feats because the game has changed so much. It was really interesting to learn that the game has changed so much because of Jim Thorpe and the teams he was a part of. The football aspects of this book were interesting, but the best part by far was the discussion of Jim's evolution as a person and the cultural str

    4.25

    As a sports and football fan I have heard the name Jim Thorpe numerous times. He is one of those legends you hear about, but it was so long ago it is hard to really appreciate their feats because the game has changed so much. It was really interesting to learn that the game has changed so much because of Jim Thorpe and the teams he was a part of. The football aspects of this book were interesting, but the best part by far was the discussion of Jim's evolution as a person and the cultural struggles of Native Americans to find a place in a nation that devalued and even attempted to eliminate their culture.. The story of the Carlisle School was one that I was not familiar with at all and I am so happy I am now well versed in it so as to keep alive the memory of those who struggled against the intended cultural extermination of a people. I wish there had been a little more focus on the cultural aspects of this book and less on individual football games, but overall it was enjoyable.

  • Sara
    Jan 08, 2017

    Steve Sheinkin has done it again. I haven't been interested in football since the Dallas Cowboys won the Super Bowl in 1972, but I was riveted to this narrative nonfiction about the athlete of the 20th Century, Jim Thorpe, and the rise and evolution of football brought about by the Carlisle Indians in the early 1900s. I was breathless and nervous through every football game recounted and fascinated by how rough and dangerous the game was and how it evolved. Jim Thorpe and his Native American tea

    Steve Sheinkin has done it again. I haven't been interested in football since the Dallas Cowboys won the Super Bowl in 1972, but I was riveted to this narrative nonfiction about the athlete of the 20th Century, Jim Thorpe, and the rise and evolution of football brought about by the Carlisle Indians in the early 1900s. I was breathless and nervous through every football game recounted and fascinated by how rough and dangerous the game was and how it evolved. Jim Thorpe and his Native American teammates were true heroes in perseverance in the face of adversity and prejudice. Fascinating story that will inspire readers to become heroes like Jim Thorpe.

  • Adam
    Jan 17, 2017

    Also, don't miss the deleted scene posted on Fuse 8:

    And a couple more deleted scenes here:

  • Lauren
    Feb 10, 2017

    This book does a good job of balancing the topics of Native American "history" in the U.S., history of football, and ethics in general. For the most part this book reads as a story and not as "nonfiction homework", is at a good reading level for students in 6th-12th grade, and will tell teens of uglier moments of U.S. history they don't learn enough about in school. Reluctant readers may be drawn to either the football or the Native American aspect and be surprised seeing familiar (hopefully!) n

    This book does a good job of balancing the topics of Native American "history" in the U.S., history of football, and ethics in general. For the most part this book reads as a story and not as "nonfiction homework", is at a good reading level for students in 6th-12th grade, and will tell teens of uglier moments of U.S. history they don't learn enough about in school. Reluctant readers may be drawn to either the football or the Native American aspect and be surprised seeing familiar (hopefully!) names like Eisenhower with Thorpe on the football field.

  • Elizabeth
    Feb 03, 2017

    Steve Sheinkin consistently knocks narrative non-fiction out of the park. He keeps the story moving while providing the right amount of detail to both inform and interest the reader. He also has a knack for picking excellent subject matter. How awesome to learn more about Native American history, the history of American football and the amazingly talented Jim Thorpe all at once.

    I think one of his writing gifts is to scratch that non-fiction itch that many young readers, especially boys, seem to

    Steve Sheinkin consistently knocks narrative non-fiction out of the park. He keeps the story moving while providing the right amount of detail to both inform and interest the reader. He also has a knack for picking excellent subject matter. How awesome to learn more about Native American history, the history of American football and the amazingly talented Jim Thorpe all at once.

    I think one of his writing gifts is to scratch that non-fiction itch that many young readers, especially boys, seem to have without rubbing it raw. He never hits you over the head with the sense that you are reading something "educational." My boys both really enjoyed his book, Bomb, and I think they will like this one just as much.

    As a side note, members of my book group who aren't football fans still loved this book. Don't pass it by just because you don't love the gridiron.

  • Cindy Dobrez
    Mar 21, 2017

    It’s March. Madness time. And I’m a basketball fan. But here I am writing about football. It’s all Steve Sheinkin’s fault. His new book made me forget about college basketball for a few days. The book launches with a three-page “Tryout” that will have readers weaving through the rest of the book’s chapters as quickly as one of the walk-on tryouts Thorpe ran through an entire opposing line. Read more at this

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  • Sam Bloom
    Mar 10, 2017

    EDIT: 3.5 stars

    Lots of feelings about this one...

  • Pamela
    Mar 13, 2017

    Looking back at the humble - though quite violent and limited - beginnings of what is known worldwide as "American Football" is a fascinating thing. It's hard to fathom how anyone survived - let alone with their head intact. Survive AND triumph though, they did. And thanks to controversial, hard-driving

    Looking back at the humble - though quite violent and limited - beginnings of what is known worldwide as "American Football" is a fascinating thing. It's hard to fathom how anyone survived - let alone with their head intact. Survive AND triumph though, they did. And thanks to controversial, hard-driving coach - "Pop" Warner - and his Carlisle Indian football team of the early 1900s - which included super-athlete Jim Thorpe - what once began on shoestrings and muddy fields has now become a billion dollar industry played in state-of-the-art stadiums; the great American Iconic Sport.

    Steve Sheinkin's biography of Jim Thorpe and the Carlisle Indians was a delight to read. If you think you know the full truth about Jim Thorpe and/or the history of football you just might be surprised. I grew up in Oklahoma and I was unaware of many details surrounding Thorpe's life; school textbooks aren't always nonbiased, be-all-know-all tomes.

    Written with a young adult audience in mind,

    is fast moving, enthralling, action-explosive, concise yet broadly encompassing. Sheinkin also keeps the chapters short and the verbiage clean and exciting. Additionally, there are numerous photographs and illustrations sprinkled throughout the book.

    I'm thankful to have won this YA gem through a giveaway hosted by BookPage and sponsored via Macmillan Publishing. I am delighted to now pass this on to my grandson David who loves a good pickup game of any sport where a ball is involved.

    4.5

    FOUR **** Exciting Sports Legend Biography/History of High Quality **** STARS

  • Karen Arendt
    Mar 26, 2017

    Steve Sheinkin has the power to make any story in history readable, engaging and mesmerizing. Undefeated reveals much of Jim Thorpe's athletic ability but also of his character. Readers will also learn how Indians were treated by the U.S. government during that difficult time in expanding the country. An excellent book that is sure to win awards.

  • Cindy
    Mar 21, 2017

    Steve Sheinkin is a great story teller. I was hoping the book would deal with the Indian school more then football and their intermingled history was fascinating. So timely with Standing Rock and DPAL in the news. A great book for young students...they may not realize their reading history!