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Extreme Sports

by Joe Tomlinson, Ed Leigh
     
 

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A celebration of high adrenaline sports with concise profiles of 41 activities ranging from bungee jumping to white water rafting. Each sport is described with text and action photography.
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A celebration of high adrenaline sports with concise profiles of 41 activities ranging from bungee jumping to white water rafting. Each sport is described with text and action photography.

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Dallas Morning News - Aline McKenzie
Vivid pictures and affectionate essays... in living-large color.
Menz
For the dreamer in all of us... an exhilarating introduction and description of the wildest and sometimes oddest sports out there.
KLIATT
Tomlinson, co-ordinator of ESPN's Extreme Games, divides these endeavors into air sports, such as bungee jumping, hang gliding, and sky diving; land sports, such as BMX, mountain biking, skateboarding, snowboarding, and street luge; and water sports, including barefoot water skiing, powerboat racing, scuba diving, wakeboarding, and windsurfing. He describes each sport in an enthusiastic page or two, tracing its roots, explaining the equipment and skills involved, and mentioning stars, but it's the big, full-color photos that will draw readers to this title. They depict the thrills, chills, and spills better than any words could. Sure to be popular in any collection, and a good bet for reluctant readers. KLIATT Codes: JSA—Recommended for junior and senior high school students, advanced students, and adults. 2004, Firefly, 192p. illus. index., Ages 12 to adult.
—Paula Rohrlick
School Library Journal
Adult/High School-If the words "extreme sports" bring to mind only the basics like skateboarding and snowboarding, think again. Here, sports range all the way to "mega-extreme" sports such as sky flying, caving, and free-diving. The book is divided into categories of air, land, and water, each of which profiles a variety of sports from the everyday to the almost totally unfamiliar. Each entry ranges from 2 to 10 pages and recounts the history of the sport as well as some of the greats who have competed. When appropriate, hints are given for how to participate locally. But this book isn't a "How to" as much as a "How can it be?" In many of the entries, the basic physics of the sport are briefly explained-how a bungee cord works, for example, or why innovations such as lighter metals helped advance biking sports. Rather than this brief text, however, it's the action photography that's the book's real attraction. Each spread has multiple full-color photographs. Reluctant readers will be drawn in by the pictures and teachers can also find classroom connections for the physics, invention, and engineering that keep these sports ever extreme.-Jamie Watson, Harford County Public Library, MD Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

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ISBN-13:
9781552979921
Publisher:
Firefly Books, Limited
Publication date:
10/02/2004
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
9.00(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.50(d)

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