NEW YORK (AP) – Authors James Patterson and Kwame Alexander are teaming up on a book for young people about Muhammad Ali.
â€œBecoming Muhammad Aliâ€ is being called a â€œbiographical novelâ€ by the rival imprints JIMMY Paterson Books and HMH Books for Young Readers, which will jointly publish the book and announced it Monday. â€œBecoming Muhammad Aliâ€ comes out Oct. 5.
The book is authorized by the late boxer’s estate and by his widow, Lonnie Ali, who said in a statement, â€œMuhammad would be proud to know that this story will be a source of inspiration for kids everywhere.â€
Patterson and Alexander will use poetry and prose to tell of Ali’s childhood in Louisville, Kentucky, when he was named Cassius Clay.
â€œIâ€™m thrilled to be partnering with Kwame in honoring the life of a legend,â€ Patterson said in a statement. â€œFew people know Muhammad Ali as Cassius Clay, and his journey to becoming Ali is truly inspiring. Itâ€™ll show young kids the importance of perseverance in pursuing their dreams and most importantly, to never give up.”
Added Alexander, who recalled reading Ali’s memoir â€œThe Greatestâ€ as a child: â€œI couldnâ€™t put the book down. So, when Jim called and said we should write a novel together, about Ali, it was like coming full circle.â€
JIMMY Patterson Books is an imprint of Hachette Book Group and HMH Books for Young Readers is part of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.