Tag: sports

Book Trailer Thursday: ATTUCKS! OSCAR ROBERTSON AND THE BASKETBALL TEAM THAT AWAKENED A CITY

Attucks! Oscar Robertson and the Basketball Team That Awakened a City by Phillip Hoose, will tug at your heartstrings in all the right ways. Written for high-school readers, this is an inspiring and compelling account of Indianapolis’ Crispus Attucks High School varsity basketball team, winners of the Indiana state championship in 1955. With coach Ray Crowe […]

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Red Cards and Zebra Stripes: 15 Books about Referees, Umpires, and Other Sports Officials
By August 31, 2018 0 Comments Read More →

Red Cards and Zebra Stripes: 15 Books about Referees, Umpires, and Other Sports Officials

Two things about the books on this list. One, the titles are great. From Planet of the Umps to You’ve Got to Have Balls to Make It in This League (and no fewer than two books titled Let’s Get It On), you’d almost think the authors’ careers had included countless hours of downtime in locker rooms thinking about […]

ANYBODY’S GAME: Girls and Baseball

ANYBODY’S GAME: Girls and Baseball

Lynn: Girls don’t play baseball. It’s impossible to know how often girls yearning to play the national sport have heard that phrase. Well, girls do play baseball, and they have played as far back as the 1890s. Here are two wonderful new books, set in the 1950s, that take on this very subject. In the middle-grade […]

Put Down the Vuvuzela and Read These Books Instead

Put Down the Vuvuzela and Read These Books Instead

On Thursday, Russia and Saudi Arabia will kick off in game one of the 2018 World Cup in Russia, and like most sports fans, you’re thinking only one thing: Yes, but what should I read? Fear not, for I have selected 32 titles, one for each team in the finals—and all but one published since […]

Trend Alert: Soccer and “Shithole Countries”
By January 12, 2018 0 Comments Read More →

Trend Alert: Soccer and “Shithole Countries”

As the President of the United States dignifies the discussion of immigration by referring to Haiti, El Salvador, and various African nations as “shithole countries,” immigration is very much on my mind—for a much different reason. A recent story in the Chicago Tribune highlighted the triumph of the Sullivan High School soccer team, a group […]

Worry, Worry: Teen Books about Anxiety

Worry, Worry: Teen Books about Anxiety

Lynn: My husband once said that if worrying was an Olympic sport, I could medal for America. Sadly, he is right: I am a champion worrier! Quite naturally, I was attracted to two new books for teens on the subject. Diana Harmon Asher’s Side Tracked (2017) introduces Joseph Friedman, a middle-schooler with ADD, an overactive […]

Running for his life: Michael Currinder’s RUNNING FULL TILT

Running for his life: Michael Currinder’s RUNNING FULL TILT

Lynn: In Michael Currinder’s unusual debut novel, Running Full Tilt (2017), we meet high school junior Leo Coughlin, a boy running for his life both literally and figuratively. Leo’s family moves to a new part of town when Leo’s 18-year-old brother upsets the old neighbors. Brother Caleb has autism with other cognitive disabilities, and has started […]

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Webcomics Wednesday: Ngozi Ukazu’s Check, Please!

Webcomics Wednesday: Ngozi Ukazu’s Check, Please!

If you’re already a fan of comics, this week’s pick, Ngozi Ukazu’s charming Check, Please!, might be old news: The internet’s been abuzz about it because, apart from the fact that it’s simply wonderful, comics publisher First Second recently announced they’re publishing it in print in 2018, and NPR included it in their 100 Best Comics […]

UNDEFEATED: The Jim Thorpe Story for Teens

UNDEFEATED: The Jim Thorpe Story for Teens

Cindy: It’s March. Madness time. And I’m a basketball fan. But here I am writing about football. It’s all Steve Sheinkin’s fault. His new book, Undefeated: Jim Thorpe and the Carlisle Indian School Football Team, made me forget about college basketball for a few days. The book launches with a three-page “Tryout” that will have […]

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Kwame Alexander’s THE PLAYBOOK: Rules to Live By

Kwame Alexander’s THE PLAYBOOK: Rules to Live By

Lynn: Parents and teachers of teenagers should be all-too-familiar with how many of their charges feel about rules and advice. My own two sons could have rolled their eyes for America! But those of us who have (mostly) achieved adulthood know that there is a lot of good advice that could really help young people. […]

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