With a caliber of stories and extracts several notches above the expected fare in a compilation, this collection includes contributions from Matt Christopher (Wingman on Ice), Walter Dean Myers (Slam!), Enid Bagnold (National Velvet), Ring Lardner (You Know Me Al), P. G. Wodehouse (Mike at Wrykyn), and George R. R. Martin (The Last Superbowl Game). From baseball and basketball to show-jumping and soccer, there's action and inspiration in abundance in this terrific introduction to classic sports writing for children and young adults.
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Alan Durant has written many children's books, including ALWAYS AND FOREVER, which was shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Award. Alan remembers his mother saying, "You'll turn into a baked bean one day." Now a vegetarian, he lives in Surrey, England, with his family.From School Library Journal:
Grade 5-9-A compendium of 21 previously published stories by authors from the United States, Great Britain, and New Zealand. There's enough variety here to please every sort of sports fan-soccer, tennis, track and field, cross-country, equestrian, basketball, kart racing, swimming, hockey, football, and more. Traditionalists will enjoy extracts from Durant's retelling of The Iliad, Matt Christopher's Wingman on Ice (Little, Brown, 1993), and Enid Bagnold's National Velvet. The selections aren't just about sports; they include themes of racism, friendship, respect, death, peer pressure, loyalty, and self-esteem. Philippa Pearce's "The Running Companion," Durant's "On Top of the World," Will Weaver's "Stealing for Girls," Malorie Blackman's "Contact," and Bill Naughton's "Spit Nolan" make excellent read-alouds. Readers can skip around easily until they discover a story to their liking. A solid addition to short-story collections.
Michael McCullough, Byron-Bergen Middle School, Bergen, NY
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Book Description Kingfisher, 2001. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0753453754
Book Description Kingfisher, 2001. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0753453754