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Athletic Shorts: Six Short Stories

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  • Posted October 26, 2008

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    Reviewed by Mechele R. Dillard for TeensReadToo.com

    In ATHLETIC SHORTS, Chris Crutcher presents original short stories involving characters from his previous novels. In the book's forward, Crutcher explains, "In my travels around the country and in letters from readers, I am constantly asked what happens to certain characters in my books. So once in a while I check in" (pp. ix-x). <BR/><BR/>Each of these short stories involves a central character from a previous novel, but, while Crutcher may have intended a particular story to be a prequel or an afterward, the stories remain independent. So a person who has not read RUNNING LOOSE will still be able to understand the storyline behind IN THE TIME I GET, in which Louie Banks looks into the eyes of a friend dying of AIDS and realizes the value of time. Additionally, after getting a taste of Crutcher's novels through his short stories, readers may well be inspired to go out and acquire the novels themselves. <BR/><BR/>Athletics are the uniting theme throughout these stories, but they also give Crutcher a medium to introduce physical, mental, and emotional challenges for his characters. Sports allow a safe setting for conflict and failure, while also providing a site for characters to achieve and excel. <BR/><BR/>Thumbs Up! Award Winner, 1992

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    Posted October 20, 2007

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    In ATHLETIC SHORTS, Chris Crutcher presents original short stories involving characters from his previous novels. In the book's forward, Crutcher explains, 'In my travels around the country and in letters from readers, I am constantly asked what happens to certain characters in my books. So once in a while I check in' (pp. ix-x). Each of these short stories involves a central character from a previous novel, but, while Crutcher may have intended a particular story to be a prequel or an afterward, the stories remain independent. So a person who has not read RUNNING LOOSE will still be able to understand the storyline behind IN THE TIME I GET, in which Louie Banks looks into the eyes of a friend dying of AIDS and realizes the value of time. Additionally, after getting a taste of Crutcher's novels through his short stories, readers may well be inspired to go out and acquire the novels themselves. Athletics are the uniting theme throughout these stories, but they also give Crutcher a medium to introduce physical, mental, and emotional challenges for his characters. Sports allow a safe setting for conflict and failure, while also providing a site for characters to achieve and excel. Thumbs Up! Award Winner, 1992 **Reviewed by: Mechele R. Dillard

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2007

    My Thoughts

    This is truly an astounding book. Whether your a jock or the school nerd any one can enjoy this book. It is centered around athletics but it's themes are relevent to everyday life. This book will grip you from the first page. The stories are exciting, funny and very meaningful. The Characters come from all walks of life and are met by very rough circumstances. I would recommend this to High Schoolers, College Students, or any one looking for a good laugh with or a touching story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2005

    this book is great

    This book was really written about todays youth. It relates so much to the things that really go on thorugh out high schools today. It is a great book for the youth of today to read.I even liked it enough to do my senior project on it.

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