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VOYAThese titles join other "Winning Sports for Girls" series books on lacrosse, field hockey, soccer, basketball, gymnastics, softball, volleyball, and weight training. Nicely filling a gap in young adult nonfiction, these books focus on specific games from a girl's perspective. Each title gives a history of the sport, and then breaks it down into its essential elements. In Winning Track and Field for Girls, Housewright thoroughly covers all of the sport's events, such as sprints and hurdles, and includes technique tips, drills and exercises, and sample workouts. Chapters dedicated to mental preparation and nutrition, stretches, and weight lifting round out the book. Similarly Winning Tennis for Girls breaks the sport down into its basic components such as footwork, types of grips, forehand and backhand strokes, serving, and volleying. Strategies for playing singles and doubles are included, as are tips for injury prevention, conditioning, and nutrition. Both titles contain several black-and-white photographs, giving readers a clearer understanding of the proper positions and techniques described in the narrative. In addition, both books focus on the psychology of competition and emphasize the importance of mental preparation and good sportsmanship. For example, Porter discusses the challenges one faces when playing with a partner during a doubles tennis match and reminds readers that, "Doubles is a team sport . . . the scoreboard does not reflect which of you is the stronger player, only how many points and games you have won together." Finally both titles contain a list of associations and Web sites to help young athletes learn more. This series contains quality guides forany young woman interested in either getting started or improving at her chosen sport. The content is well balanced, presenting the technical aspects of each sport along with advice promoting healthy attitudes, nutrition, and self-esteem. Although necessarily technical at times, the books are written in such a reader-friendly manner that novices will not be turned off and more experienced athletes will still find useful information to help them improve. Girls who choose these recommended guides should benefit from the helpful advice and encouragement contained in them. (Winning Sports for Girls).. VOYA Codes 3Q 2P M J S (Readable without serious defects; For the YA with a special interest in the subject; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12). 2004, Facts on File, 188p.; Index. Photos. Further Reading. Ages 11 to 18.