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Game Day: Meet the People Who Make It Happen

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by Kevin Sylvester, Michael Martchenko (Illustrator)
 

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Not everyone can be an athlete, but that doesn’t stop thousands of others from participating in world-class sporting events. When Patrick Reynolds realized that he couldn’t be a race car driver, he turned his love of cars into a successful career as a NASCAR mechanic. A passion for grass and baseball lead Nicole Sherry to become the groundskeeper at

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Not everyone can be an athlete, but that doesn’t stop thousands of others from participating in world-class sporting events. When Patrick Reynolds realized that he couldn’t be a race car driver, he turned his love of cars into a successful career as a NASCAR mechanic. A passion for grass and baseball lead Nicole Sherry to become the groundskeeper at Camden Yards in Baltimore, Maryland. Author Kevin Sylvester tells the stories of 20 talented and dedicated behind-the-scenes stars of the sports world. In this new book, the glamour of the frontline athletes takes a backseat to the hard-working people whose jobs are critical to the success of their sport but often go unacknowledged. Readers will discover some very special people who have devoted their lives to supporting the sports they love, including the eagle-eyed baseball scout for the Chicago White Sox, the members of the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders and the doctor who treats injured players on the Canadian Olympic soccer team. With its real-life stories and lively photographs, Game Day will delight any young sports fan or wannabe athlete.

Editorial Reviews

Sal's Fiction Addiction (blog)
In writing this book, [Kevin Sylvester] interviewed twenty people whose jobs take place behind the scenes and contribute enormously to our enjoyment of the sports we love. Were it not for them, we might not be so familiar with the athletes we admire. Each chapter gives us a glimpse at the life led by someone we are not likely to meet or know in any other circumstance. They are the unsung heroes. They are the groundskeepers, the camera operators, the mascots, and the reporters. They are agents to the players. They schedule games for leagues and timekeep official games. They choreograph skating programs that leave us in awe. They provide music, keep the ice clean, referee, train horses and keep athletes strong and healthy... It is a varied group whose jobs are as different as they are. But, their continued commitment to the sport they represent sets them apart from others. In the final entry, Kevin Sylvester talks about the fan. If you are a fan of a sport and you dream big, you might find your future in the stories represented here.
ForeWord Reviews
...(A)n interesting and fun read. Intended for kids, it's actually enjoyable for everyone.
— Penny Hastings
Booklist
The choices of occupation are diverse and quirky enough to intrigue career-minded teens or preteens.
CM Magazine
An excellent introduction to just some of those who facilitate the staging of...sports events.... Highly Recommended.
January Magazine
Jam-packed with great information, photos and other interesting visuals, Game Day will give young sports fans something to think about.
Lake Country Journal
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wordofmousebooks.com
This book is a well-packaged, well-written compilation highlighting some of the dedicated people with a real love and passion for the game, much like award-winning author Kevin Sylvester.
ForeWord Reviews - Penny Hastings
Game Day: Meet the People Who Make It Happen is an interesting and fun read. Intended for kids, it's actually enjoyable for everyone.
Canadian Children's Book News - Mary Anne Cree
Sylvester creates a well-crafted dialogue of sorts and is skilled at choosing interesting and informative quotes.
VOYA - Matthew Weaver
Even the most avid sports enthusiasts will likely find something new in this nifty collection devoted to the unsung heroes behind the game. Sylvester interviews key players throughout the industry, from sports agents to cheerleaders to horse trainers. The book is infectious right from the very first chapter, in which the Baltimore Orioles' head groundskeeper, Nicole Sherry, marvels on the game-changing nature of grass. Sylvester clearly found a number of people who genuinely love their jobs, and the enthusiasm is contagious. Doping control officer Scott Lowell shrugs off having to watch athletes collect urine samples; he considers himself part of the team. Organist Bobby Freeman survived childhood bullies to play music for the Phoenix Diamondbacks. These individuals are so much fun on their own, it is practically icing when we reach the chapter on Ted Giannoulas, better known as the Famous San Diego Chicken mascot. Some stories are powerful enough to inspire the next generation of Zamboni drivers, physiotherapists and racecar mechanics. A particular spotlight should go to tenor Ronan Tynan, who had both of his legs amputated after a motorcycle accident and went on to have a successful medical practice before pursuing a career in music. But there's enough here to make any undecided individual start thinking about potential past-times, whether they're dreaming of athletic superstardom or not. This is a book that believes the people off the field are just as much superstars as those playing on it. Reviewer: Matthew Weaver
School Library Journal
Gr 5–9—Popular athletes enjoy a great deal of attention, but there are many important individuals who operate behind the scenes. Sylvester introduces 20 lesser-known people who have made a career in sports. From tennis chair umpire to horse trainer to race-car mechanic to figure-skating choreographer, readers meet a variety of workers who keep the sports machine running. The result is a mixed bag. The opening chapter on the head groundskeeper at Oriole Park falls flat, which may nip readership in the bud. Readers who persevere, though, will meet some truly resourceful and engaging people: a Paralympic Games champion turned tenor who sings for the New York Yankees; a scout for the Chicago White Sox who will only recommend players who have learned to fail gracefully; and a Zamboni driver who is committed to the art of good ice. While Careers in Focus: Sports (Ferguson, 2008) goes into more detail about the various fields and recommends specific studies to help prepare for career choices, Sylvester imparts some solid tidbits of advice in his chatty, conversational narrative. The suggestions from many of the people he interviewed—perseverance, respect, hard work—are presented in a way that will engage adolescents considering careers in these areas. Photographs, sidebars, and quotes from the profiled individuals help break up the text. It is a shame that Sylvester's selections are not more diverse: women figure in only five of the profiles (one of them being the head Dallas Cowboy Cheerleader), and cap designer Albizu Rondon is the only nonwhite male featured. While the intent of this book is admirable, its execution falls a bit short.—Kim Dare, Fairfax County Public Schools, VA

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781554512508
Publisher:
Annick Press, Limited
Publication date:
08/19/2010
Pages:
192
Sales rank:
1,361,926
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
9 - 11 Years

Meet the Author

Kevin Sylvester is the author and illustrator of Gold Medal for Weird, which received the 2009 Silver Birch Award. He lives in Toronto, Ontario.

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