VOYAThese two titles are part of the eight-volume Women Who Win series featuring notable women athletes. In six chapters, Schnakenberg provides readers with a brief overview of Cynthia Cooper's basketball career, heartily seasoned with play-by-play recaps of key games. Cooper, a star of the WNBA's Houston Comets, began her career at Locke High School in Los Angeles. After a stellar senior season, she moved on to the University of Southern California, where she eventually teamed with Cheryl Miller to lead USC to two NCAA championships. Because the United States had no professional basketball league for women, Cooper played in European professional leagues for more than ten years, taking time out to return to the United States to play on national and Olympic teams. When the WNBA began in 1997, Cooper was one of the first stars to sign with the league and led the Houston Comets to three straight WNBA titles. This biography will disappoint readers who hoped for insight into Cooper's personal life, but it will easily satisfy young WNBA fans, female basketball players, and those with an interest in Cynthia Cooper's athletic career. The text is written simply, with lots of description of game action supplemented by color photos of Cooper playing on college, national, and WNBA teams. It concludes with statistics from Cooper's years at USC and in the WNBA. Other volumes in the series profile soccer star Mia Hamm, tennis star Martina Hingis, figure skating sensation Michelle Kwan, and tennis stars Venus and Serena Williams, Trade pb. Index. Photos. Further Reading. Chronology. VOYA CODES: 3Q 3P M S (Readable without serious defects; Will appeal with pushing; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to8; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12). 2001, Chelsea House, S64p, . Ages 12 to 14. Reviewer: Chris Crowe SOURCE: VOYA, April 2001 (Vol. 24, No.1)
School Library JournalGr 5-9-Series titles that profile pioneers of the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA). Both books focus on the women's careers and include an abundance of game-related information. Unfortunately, the texts, though accurate, are dry. In addition, biographical information is limited. The full-color and black-and-white photographs represent primarily the athletes' professional lives. Of the two, Lisa Leslie is better written. However, libraries owning Matt Christopher's more in-depth On the Court with Lisa Leslie (Little, Brown, 1998) may not need it. At times, Cynthia Cooper reads like a student's report. Cooper's autobiography, She Got Game (Warner, 1999), is a better choice.-Barb Lawler, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, PA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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