Tag: sports

Ready All? Row! Pulling along with the Boys in the Boat

Ready All? Row! Pulling along with the Boys in the Boat

Lynn: I read the adapted version of The Boys in the Boat: the True Story of an American Team’s Epic Journey to Win Gold at the 1936 Olympics (2015) without having read the original. So I came to this book as most teens would, with very little prior knowledge. I have to admit that my expectations […]

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Fumbling for a Football Book for Young Readers? Get Your Hands on This

Fumbling for a Football Book for Young Readers? Get Your Hands on This

Lynn: Half the state of Michigan is in shocked disbelief and the other half is still jubilant after this past weekend’s BIG game. I’m actually a little bit nervous to even discuss a football book with emotions running so high here. Oh, those intrastate rivalries! Football, at all levels, is immensely popular, of course, as are books […]

In Love with Football Romance – and It’s All Susan Elizabeth Phillips’ Fault
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In Love with Football Romance – and It’s All Susan Elizabeth Phillips’ Fault

Okay, I know this sounds a little un-American, but I have to admit it: I hate football. I hate the body-crushing violence; the eardrum-piercing noise; the astronomical salaries; and the national adulation of the sport. So you can imagine my surprise when, during a moment of reflection, I realized that some of my favorite romances […]

The Six Greatest Nonfiction Sports Books of All Time
By September 4, 2015 2 Comments Read More →

The Six Greatest Nonfiction Sports Books of All Time

In my Back Page column in the September 1, 2015, issue of Booklist, I audaciously named the six greatest sports novels of all time. Now, as a follow-up, I will name—perhaps even more audaciously—the six greatest sports nonfiction books ever published. I have imposed one ground rule on myself: collections of magazine pieces are out […]

Second Look: David Storey’s This Sporting Life
By September 2, 2015 0 Comments Read More →

Second Look: David Storey’s This Sporting Life

First published in 1960, the debut of Storey (who would later win the Man Booker Prize for Saville, 1976) tells the gritty tale of Arthur Machin, a factory worker in northern England who becomes a star rugby player but can never quite get over a failed relationship with his landlady. The tone is set at […]

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Reviews of the Week: Drew Daywalt, R. J. Palacio, Diana Nyad, and More
By August 28, 2015 0 Comments Read More →

Reviews of the Week: Drew Daywalt, R. J. Palacio, Diana Nyad, and More

Every weekday we feature a different review on Booklist Online. These reviews are notable for different reasons—they may be starred, or high-demand, or especially relevant to the current issue’s spotlight. We’ve collected the reviews from August 24–28 below, so you can revisit the best of the week. Monday, August 24 The Day the Crayons Came […]

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The Latest Booklist: Spotlight on Sports
By August 26, 2015 0 Comments Read More →

The Latest Booklist: Spotlight on Sports

The September 1 issue of Booklist magazine is now live. Visit Booklist Online, where you’ll find 300 new reviews and 9 new feature articles and lists. The articles will be free to all for the next two weeks—to have unrestricted access, you’ll need to log in. If you aren’t yet a subscriber, or do subscribe but haven’t […]

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Roller Derby Is on the Rise

Roller Derby Is on the Rise

Cindy: Watch out Raina Telgemeier, there’s a hip check coming your way in the form of the fictional graphic novel, Roller Girl (2015), by Victoria Jamieson! Those sound like fighting words—they really aren’t. There are no more popular books in my middle school library right now than Smile and Sisters, but all the more reason to […]

Basketball Book Madness in March

Basketball Book Madness in March

Cindy: It’s March. That means a basketball post (or three) from Bookends. Faithful readers will know that Lynn and I cheer on our Big Ten teams this time of year … she the Purdue Boilermakers, and me the Indiana Hoosiers. My team can shoot threes and drive inside but we’ve sure had our ups and […]

High Interest-Low Vocab Books:  You’ve Come a Long Way, Baby!

High Interest-Low Vocab Books: You’ve Come a Long Way, Baby!

Lynn:  A gazillion years ago when I started in my first school library, I bought some high interest-low vocabulary books at the request of my teachers. Frankly, they were awful! They had dull, plodding stories and were afflicted with orange, blue, or pea green covers that shrieked BOOKS FOR BAD READERS for all to see. […]

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