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Sue Bird

Sue Bird featured in ‘The Heart of the Storm,’ a biography for kids

Book details Storm star's life and long, successful basketball career.

Sue Bird is returning for a 19th season with the Seattle Storm, and fans couldn’t be happier.

One of the most dominant WNBA players of all time is also known as a passionate activist and all-around good person.

She’s also the subject of “The Heart of the Storm,” a new picture-book biography.

“The Heart of the Storm” tells the story of an energetic but shy girl who would go on to athletic fame.

It begins with her childhood in New York, where she discovered basketball, and recounts her growth as an athlete and leader. Even at a young age, Bird dreamed of high-level competition. The book explains how she got there.

The author is Sharon Mentyka, a writer and teacher who won the National Outdoor Book Award (children’s division) in 2016 for her middle-grade novel “Chasing at the Surface.” She also wrote “Think Smart, Be Fearless: A Biography of Bill Gates” for young readers.

The illustrator is Ellen Rooney. Her credits include “Her Fearless Run,” “Dusk Explorers,” “Grandmother School” and more.

Published by Seattle’s Sasquatch Books, “The Heart of the Storm” is set for release March 1.

Sue Bird

Published Feb. 10, 2022

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About the Author

Julie Hanson

Julie Hanson is a longtime journalist, South King County resident and mom to a 15-year-old girl.