America's Champion Swimmer: Gertrude Ederle
By David AdlerReading Level: Early Elementary School, Late Elementary School
Publisher: Harcourt 2000
Ederle, known as Trudy, became an international superstar in 1926 when she was the first woman to swim across the English Channel. This book shows the successes and failures and hard work Trudy faced on her quest to swim the Channel. But it also paints a beautiful portrait of the friendship between Trudy and her sister Margaret, who helped design the special goggles Trudy wore on her 35-hour swim.