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Rena Glickman: Queen of Judo

By Eve Nadel Catarevas

Published by Kar-Ben

This picture book biography of judo expert Rena Glickman will inspire young readers to find the strength within themselves to pursue their dreams. 


Rena Glickman, known professionally as Rusty Kanokogi grew up to become the preeminent female judo master of her time, overcoming many obstacles. At a time when judo was a sport strictly for boys and men, Rusty was determined to practice the sport she loved.


Tournament medal taken from Rena "Rusty" Glickman Kanokogi in 1959 was returned 50 years later in 2009.


Judo champ Rusty Kanokogi taking an opponent down.


Book Launch at Westport Public Library (Westport, CT)


"Catarevas presents the tale in clear, concise prose, with careful attention to the facts, and with a sense of admiration, emphasizes Rusty’s determination and strength."

- Kirkus

"Rena Glickman, Queen of Judo" is an engaging, entertaining and informative read throughout."

- Midwest Book Review


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