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During his childhood, photographer and children's book author Charles R. Smith Jr. spent many hours with characters in books traveling the world, solving mysteries or living in different times in history. Now he combines his photographic skills with his love of reading, writing and sports in his award-winning books, including "Hoop Queens" and its companion, "Hoop Kings" -- both volumes of his poetry. "Twelve Rounds to Glory: The Story of Muhammad Ali "(2007) is winner of a 2008 Coretta Scott King Author Honor and 2008 Norman Sugarman Best Biography Honor. His latest book is "Chameleon" (Candlewick, September 2008). He lives in Poughkeepsie, New York.