Harriers: The Making of a Championship Cross Country Team

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A fresh perspective enlivens this classic story about a losing team with an energetic new coach. Written by two Ohio teenagers about their high school's cross-country team, this account offers engaging portraits of the kids and their coach, passes on lessons of hard work and sacrifice, and follows the ascent of the Salem Quakers cross-country team to a first-place ranking in their conference and third place at the 2003 state championships. Along the way the teenagers learn the unromantic truth about the athletic ...

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Overview

A fresh perspective enlivens this classic story about a losing team with an energetic new coach. Written by two Ohio teenagers about their high school's cross-country team, this account offers engaging portraits of the kids and their coach, passes on lessons of hard work and sacrifice, and follows the ascent of the Salem Quakers cross-country team to a first-place ranking in their conference and third place at the 2003 state championships. Along the way the teenagers learn the unromantic truth about the athletic association that regulates their high school sport—legal wrangling and uproar ensue when officials find scoring errors in a postseason meet. As they develop their talents and teamwork, the teens also learn valuable lessons about sports rules, bureaucracy, and true success.

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"Harriers is more than Rocky in spikes and singlet. It yields insights about hard work, disappointment, trust and relationships."  —Salem News
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Cousins Joseph and Paul Shivers chronicle two years of their involvement on the cross country team at Salem High School in Ohio. Along with their teammates and their coach, Mike Almond, they are determined to win the state championships. When the 2003 team is stripped of their third-place finish and embroiled in a legal battle with the state athletic association over a scoring error, they find new determination and return to the championships to win first place in 2004. Their story records the hard work and invincible spirit portrayed by the coaches and team members in the face of bitter disappointments. Theirs is much more than just another inspiring sports story. The book gives insights into the nature of trust, relationships, overcoming obstacles, and finding success in any endeavor. Their work was accepted and published as part of a young authors contest, and the Shivers show exceptional talent. The language of the text is confident and descriptive, drawing the reader into the lives of the boys and the power of the sport. With few time markers, the chronology of the story is very difficult to follow, making the flow of the book awkward. Repetitive descriptions of people and events also break up the flow of the narrative. Overall it is a story that will motivate. Runners or others dedicated to sports will find inspiration, and teachers and librarians will find this book a great way to encourage their teens to write their own stories. VOYA CODES: 3Q 3P S (Readable without serious defects; Will appeal with pushing; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12). 2006, Fresh Writers Books (13386 Judy Ave. NW, Uniontown, OH 44685), 181p., Trade pb. Ages 15 to 18.
—Rachel Wadham
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781932802955
  • Publisher: Holy Macro! Books
  • Publication date: 3/28/2006
  • Pages: 180
  • Sales rank: 1,178,204
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 4.50 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Joseph Shivers and Paul Shivers are cousins, high-school seniors, and winners of the 2005 Fresh Writers Competition, a contest encouraging students to pursue careers in writing. They live in Salem, Ohio.

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