Babe Conquers the World

Sports TV barrier breaker Sandra Neil Wallace’s biography Babe Conquers the World (co-authored with Rich Wallace) takes an unvarnished look at controversial sports legend Babe Didrikson Zaharias and the turbulent times she challenged.

  • An ALA-YALSA Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers

  • A Junior Library Guild selection

  • A Mighty Girl Best Book of the Year


  • (Cybils) Children's and Young Adult Bloggers' Award Nominee, Middle-Grade Nonfiction

  • Kansas & Missouri Reading Circle Recommended Book

  • Nebraska Library Commission Best Teen Book

  • Virginia Library Association Jefferson Cup selection

  • Finalist, Arizona's Grand Canyon Reader Award, Tween Nonfiction

  • Runner-up, New Hampshire Literary Awards, Outstanding Work of Nonfiction

This exemplar text should be a staple for all collections looking to diversify their biography, sports, and women’s history offerings.School Library Journal
This energetic biography is at its best when it reveals how Babe’s drive changed so many areas in women’s sports even as society resisted their inclusion. The Wallaces handle the abrasive aspects of Babe’s personality as frankly as they highlight her successes. … Offers the combination of sports, entertainment, and celebrity that will interest young readers, and the Wallaces play it well.Kirkus
The Wallaces do an excellent job of giving readers a great sense of Babe and who she was, warts and all.Booklist 'Bookends'
She was brash, she was impossible, she was a winner for the ages. Only a great book could capture the legend of Babe Didrikson Zaharias--and this is it.Jerry Spinelli, Newbery winning author of Maniac Magee and Newbery Honor Wringer