Free Running

Free Running

by Paul Mason, Sarah Eason
     
 

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With its acrobatic thrills and "no limits" attitude, free running is creating a sports revolution in our towns and cities. Make sure it's on your radar! Inside you'll find these features: Real-Life Story Read about the thrilling life of an adrenaline-seeking free runner! Star Story Discover the Hollywood actor who pulls cool street stunts! Five-Minute

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With its acrobatic thrills and "no limits" attitude, free running is creating a sports revolution in our towns and cities. Make sure it's on your radar! Inside you'll find these features: Real-Life Story Read about the thrilling life of an adrenaline-seeking free runner! Star Story Discover the Hollywood actor who pulls cool street stunts! Five-Minute Interview Get the inside story from On the Radar's free running expert, Matthew Dickerson.

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Children's Literature - Karin Fisher-Golton
Athletes running through city streets, vaulting over walls, balancing on railings, leaping off ledges—they are engaging in free running or parkour, which originated in France and is becoming popular in cities worldwide. Part of Lerner's "On the Radar: Sports" series, Free Running succinctly covers the sport's history, key figures, and main moves. Additional features include "The Jam" which briefly describes what free running feels like, including a discussion of adrenaline, and "Big Debate" with numbered "For" and "Against" arguments answering the question "Is Free Running OK?" The book's outlook toward free running is decidedly positive, emphasizing the inspiration and feelings of freedom that free runners experience, but also acknowledging the inherent dangers of flipping and jumping over concrete and that some property owners do not appreciate people using their neighborhoods' features as sports equipment. A glossary unconventionally appears in the middle of the book, next to a page featuring lingo. The contents, organized by category rather than chronologically, appear at the front. A brief "Get More Info" section and index are at the back. The book is hyper-designed. Text is laid out on angles, usually multiple angles on the same two-page spread. Almost every paragraph has its own heading. The pages have a mixture of bright colors and textures, clipped photographs, and design elements. The stylized illustrations make it difficult to get a clear mental image of the sport. Not until the spread on pages 26-27, well on the way through this 32-page book, does a broader photo provide this sense. The book seems a bit slight for its age group. For hi-lo readers, the flashy appearance will make reading extra challenging for some and quite enticing for others. Certainly the design fits the topic, and, though brief, Free Running provides a fascinating, thought-provoking introduction to an unusual sport. Reviewer: Karin Fisher-Golton

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780761377597
Publisher:
Lerner Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/01/2011
Series:
On the Radar: Sports Series
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
7.38(w) x 9.85(h) x 0.34(d)
Lexile:
960L (what's this?)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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