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Julie Checkoway | The Three-Year Swimclub

Join local author, Julie Checkoway, for a reading and signing of her new book, The Three-Year Swim Club.

In 1937, a schoolteacher on the island of Maui challenged a group of poverty-stricken sugar plantation kids to swim upstream against the current of their circumstance. The goal? To become Olympians.

They faced seemingly insurmountable obstacles. The children were Japanese-American, were malnourished and barefoot and had no pool; they trained in the filthy irrigation ditches that snaked down from the mountains into the sugarcane fields. Their future was in those same fields, working alongside their parents in virtual slavery, known not by their names but by numbered tags that hung around their necks. Their teacher, Soichi Sakamoto, was an ordinary man whose swimming ability didn't extend much beyond treading water.

In spite of everything, including the virulent anti-Japanese sentiment of the late 1930s, in their first year the children outraced Olympic athletes twice their size; in their second year, they were national and international champs, shattering American and world records and making headlines from L.A. to Nazi Germany. In their third year, they'd be declared the greatest swimmers in the world, but they'd also face their greatest obstacle: the dawning of a world war and the cancellation of the Games. Still, on the battlefield, they'd become the 20th century's most celebrated heroes, and in 1948, they'd have one last chance for Olympic glory.

They were the Three-Year Swim Club. This is their story.

Places in the signing line are reserved for those who purchase a copy of The Three-Year Swim Club from The King's English.

GET YOUR COPY NOW! Pre-order your signed copy of The Three-Year Swim Club today, by either calling the store at 801-484-9100 or ordering online. Please specify if you will be attending the event and if you want your book personalized.

Event date: 
Tuesday, October 27, 2015 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
The King's English
1511 South 1500 East
Salt Lake City, UT 84105
The Three-Year Swim Club: The Untold Story of Maui's Sugar Ditch Kids and Their Quest for Olympic Glory Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781455523443
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Grand Central Publishing - October 27th, 2015