Author Allred, a former member of the U.S. Women's Bobsled Team, tells the story of many female athletes and their struggles to excel in their sports. She also relates stories of their relationships with each other and with their families while they are pursuing these goals. Female athletes must prove themselves over and over even though statistics demonstrate that women can achieve the same successes as men. Historical figures such as Gertrude Ederle and Amelia Earhart and newer heroines such as Lyn St. James and Mia Hamm have proven themselves and are well known all over the world. They have shown that hard work, dedication, sportsmanship, and honesty make good athletes; whether male or female. A good read for any athlete or sports lover. KLIATT Codes: JSA; Recommended for junior and senior high school students, advanced students, and adults. 2003, Wish Publishing, 227p. illus. index.,
Previously published as The Quiet Storm (Master's Press, 1997), now renamed and updated, this comprehensive look at women in sports includes information about athlete mothers, Title IX, models' versus athletes' bodies (plus the challenge that is Anna Koumikova), and more. Main focuses are the Olympic women's bobsled team and fledgling Women's Professional Football League (WPFL). The coauthor trio is involved in these two sports specifically, and they share their personal obstacles and triumphs to launch into a point about women's athletics in general. The anecdotes and quotes come from up-to-date, as well as legendary fitness and sports stars. From Babe Didrikson Zaharias to Serena Williams, the top female athletes are all here. In addition to the athletes, other groundbreakers are highlighted, from Hillary Rodham Clinton to Dr. Mary Pipher, author of Reviving Ophelia. Unfortunately, the writing does not match the exemplary experience and research. The three authors alternate voices without informing the reader they have done so, at times resulting in confusion and limiting the effectiveness of the message. Also, the lack of an index will limit the book's usefulness as a report resource. Overall, the message and tremendous spectrum (from boxing to Indy cars) outweighs the writing flaws. Anyone who reads even a chapter will be enlightened about the importance and vitality of girls' and women's involvement in sports. VOYA Codes: 2Q 3P M J S (Better editing or work by the author might have warranted a 3Q; Will appeal with pushing; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12). 2003, Wish Publishing, 248p,
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A revision and updating of the authors' The Quiet Storm, this book spreads the same message of encouragement to female athletes. Allred, a former member of the U.S. women's bobsled team, can add "professional football player" to her r sum as defensive end on the Austin Rage of the Women's Professional Football League. She relates her experiences in football and also draws anecdotes and examples from women in boxing, stuntwomen in film, and members of the U.S. women's bobsled team, which won the 2002 Olympic gold medal. These are inspiring stories of women who have persisted despite opposition and have fun playing sports. One chapter covers combining an athletic career with motherhood (Allred has two young children), while another charts the unpredictable world of publicity, promotion, and media coverage. As with The Quiet Storm, many photos of athletes, both famous and not, enhance the text. Public libraries that own The Quiet Storm can pass; others should consider this book for its positive, contemporary, "'atta girl" message. (Index not seen.)-Kathy Ruffle, Coll. of New Caledonia Lib., Prince George, B.C. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.