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‘More Than Rivals’ Hits New York Times Best Sellers List

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Ada, Mich. (July 6, 2016)More Than Rivals: A Championship Game and a Friendship That Moved a Town Beyond Black and White (Revell; ISBN 9780800727222; ebook ISBN 9781493404247; $15.99) by Ken Abraham has landed on the New York Times Best Sellers list, achieving the #17 spot on the July Sports and Fitness list during its first month of release. This ranking reflects sales during June 2016 and is based on sales from thousands of nationwide venues where general books are sold.

Pat Williams, founder and senior vice president of the Orlando Magic, calls More Than Rivals “a monster slam dunk that will impact your life.” It is the story of a small southern town in 1970 that was a powder keg ready to erupt. Eddie Sherlin and Bill Ligon grew up on opposite sides of the tracks in Gallatin, Tennessee. They knew the barriers that divided them—some physical landmarks and some hidden in the heart—but those barriers melted away when the boys were on the basketball court. After years of playing wherever they could find a hoop, Eddie and Bill rose as leaders of their respective high school teams. And at the end of the 1970 season, all-white Gallatin High and all-black Union High faced each other in a once-in-a-lifetime championship game. What happened that night would challenge Eddie and Bill—and transform their town. A fast-paced true story of courage, determination, and forgiveness, More Than Rivals offers hope and inspiration for our times.

Ken Abraham is the New York Times bestselling author of many books, including Against All Odds with Chuck Norris and Let’s Roll with Lisa Beamer. His work has been featured on 20/20DatelineLarry King LiveGood Morning AmericaThe CBS Morning ShowThe Today Show, and many more. At present, Abraham has more than ten million books in print.

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