Sports Stars

Sports Stars

by Gale
     
 

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The athletes stories which are told in 'Sports Stars' meet one or more of the following criteria: currently active in or recently retired from amateur or professional sports; considered top performers in their fields; or are role models who have overcome physical obstacles or societal constraints to reach the top of their professions.

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The athletes stories which are told in 'Sports Stars' meet one or more of the following criteria: currently active in or recently retired from amateur or professional sports; considered top performers in their fields; or are role models who have overcome physical obstacles or societal constraints to reach the top of their professions.

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VOYA - Randy Brough
Sports Stars: Series 4 presents thirty mini-biographies of "today's hottest athletes." Mark McGwire is included in this volume, as is Marion Jones, fresh off an undefeated summer in the one hundred meter dash; Dominik Hasek, Olympic gold medal-winning goalie for the Czech national hockey team; and Martina Hingis, the new force in women's tennis. So, the hot athletes are indeed covered-but to what extent? Let's have a look at McGwire as a representative example. McGwire's bio begins with a nice black-and-white photo (with his Oakland A's cap-he was traded in mid-season 1997) and eight pages detailing his life, from youth through his up-and-down career with Oakland. The following five pages focus on his trade to St. Louis and his chances of breaking the homerun record. Finally, the Cardinal's address is provided if one would like to write to the superstar (good luck!), and a brief list of sources for further reading concludes the chapter. The other twenty-nine athletes are treated in roughly equal fashion, and while lots of hot-off-the-press quickie McGwire titles will undoubtedly flood the market, this book probably contains the most up-to-date information a reader can find on the likes of Steve Yzerman, Jeff Baqwell, Terrell Davis, and Annika Sorenstam. Highly recommended on its own merits (Series 1-3 were not reviewed), this solid resource is both a valuable reference and an enjoyable book to simply browse. One important point: the athletes in this volume appear in alphabetical order but a table of contents organized by sport, along with the index, are cumulative for all four volumes. Checking the table of contents under "Auto Racing," for example, one finds that Jeff Gordon is featured in Series 2. The index points in the same direction. Index. Photos. Source Notes. Further Reading.
School Library Journal
Gr 5 Up-This is the second series of "Sports Stars." Its 60 entries offer a multicultural selection of leading professional and amateur figures from various sports, as well as several teams and subjects such as Mighty Mary, the yacht that competed in the America's Cup race with an all-female crew. The criteria for inclusion requires these figures to have overcome a difficult obstacle. The clearly written entries consist of biographical information, a "scoreboard" that lists the athletes' accomplishments, lots of quotes and anecdotes, sources for more information, and addresses where fans can write to them. Indexes of athletes by name and by sport cover both series; this is confusing, as both of these series each have two volumes. This resource is useful for assignments and also appealing as leisure reading.-Maureen Connelly, New York Public Library
Zom Zoms
The immense popularity of sports in America has at least this consolation for harried teachers: it offers their students a high-interest avenue for reading, writing, and research. But to the young, yesterday's stars may be has-beens. Pare profiles 80 athletes (only 15 of them women) who meet one or more of the following criteria: still active or recently retired from professional or amateur sports, a top performer in the sport, or a role model who has hurdled physical or societal constraints to reach the top. Although athletes from 17 sports are featured, 43 of the 80 represent the big-three American spectator sports: baseball, basketball, and football. Auto racing, bicycle racing, golf, gymnastics, horse racing, skiing, soccer, speed skating, and swimming are represented by only one or two athletes each; boxing, figure skating, hockey, tennis, and track and field are represented by three to nine athletes each. Arthur Ashe is the only deceased athlete profiled. This highly selective work, then, focuses on those who are still sports newsmakers Each alphabetically arranged entry has two main sections: one "focusing on the athlete's early life and motivations," followed by one highlighting the career. The writing style of this and other Gale/UXL imprints is clear, lively, and geared to "advanced elementary, middle school and lower achieving high school students." Each entry also features a quick-reference "Scoreboard" box, high-interest sidebar boxes, one or more black-and-white photographs, and (in most cases) an address where the athlete can be contacted. The set begins with a table of contents organized both alphabetically and by sport; it ends with a bibliography of further reading for each star and an index The 14-volume "Lincoln Library of Sports Stars" (6th ed., Frontier, 1993), also geared to middle-schoolers, has several times the number of entries and covers athletes from far more sports; its coverage extends throughout the twentieth century. The 23-volume "Great Athletes: The Twentieth Century" (Salem, 1992-94) covers more than 800 athletes in the U.S. and abroad. "Sports Stars", however, is recommended for school libraries as an inexpensive and readable source on contemporary athletes.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780787636838
Publisher:
Gale Group
Publication date:
05/13/1999
Series:
Sports Stars Series
Pages:
368
Product dimensions:
7.54(w) x 9.61(h) x 1.23(d)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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