Nyad recounts her inspiring life story. Known for swimming around Manhattan at the age of 26 in 1973, she then attempted to swim from Cuba to Florida without a shark cage. She failed in her first attempt, and went on to a career of broadcast journalism. But the dream of the Cuba to Florida swim...
Book Genre: Sports
I'm the type who gets vertigo climbing up a flight of stairs, but I love reading about rock and/or mountain climbers-- and Lynn Hill's memoir is one of the best. Hill was a world-class champion rock-climber in the 80's and 90's, most famous for making the first free-climbing ascent...
This book was a total let down, and not for lack of potential. The evolution of modern surfing, from its golden days in the ‘50s and ‘60s to the money driven reality it is today, is an intriguing and relevant story. But when everything is said and done, Welcome to Paradise, Now Go to...
Good Sports by Jack Prelutsky is a wonderful book to introduce children to poetry. It is filled with poems about sports of all kinds and touches on the joy of participating. Each poem focuses on a different sport, from Frisbee to Gymnastics. The rhymes in Good Sports are...
Mara is a volleyball superstar in a near future world where sports heroes revered even more than they are now. Everyone knows her name, her stats, her face (and her sponsors). When she starts to show more than human abilities, everyone turns on her--is she cheating, deceiving the world? Pulled...
This is a brawler of a book. It’s unflinching in its honesty and brutal in its depiction of one of the most thrilling and ferocious boxers of all time. There is no self pity, no woe is me justifications, just a very candid portrayal of one of sports most compelling and fascinating individuals....
This is a book with enough sports in it to appeal to readers who like sports, however, if you are like me and you don’t usually like to read books about sports I still recommend giving this story a try! It is about growing up, fitting in, and dealing with difficulties in life...
As far as nature goes, it's safe to say that the ocean acts as a kind of ambassador to the unknown, and Susan Casey’s The Wave, unfettered, dives right in.
Water, as it is in nature, has an undeniably humbling way of reminding us that we’re not in control. The more we try to...
This one of the few sports biographies I’ve read, and my friends were right: it’s good. Open: An Autobiography begins with a disoriented Andre Agassi waking in the morning, completely disoriented, in pain, struggling to recall who he is, why is back is throbbing, where he is...and it...
Novelist Pat Conroy was a talented basketball player in his younger years, but his college team never had that one championship season. In this touching memoir, he takes a wistful look back at his passion for the game, and his ill-fated quest for athletic glory. Even if you don't give a hoot...
If you ever played, coached or supported girls high school basketball, this old story (20 years ago) is still fresh. The Lady Hurricanes hailed from privilege in Amherst unlike the Roughriders made famous in In the Heart of the Game. Consequently, the Lady Hurricanes had to dig...
Acknowledging both the form and function of the BMX bike, Rad Rides dials into the world of BMX by providing an informative history of the culture, style, and mechanical evolution of the 20 inch ride. Spanning from the early 1970s with the initiation of BMX by radical, rebellious youth...
A pleasant enough story of a washed-up ad-man who suddenly, miraculously, can see the line from his golf ball to the hole. Amazing things ensue - he loses his job and his wife along the way, but qualifies for the Senior Tour. If you're looking for a quick read of the "break out of your rut...
Este libro es para los niños que juegan al béisbol o los que son aficionados. El jugador profesional de los New York Yankees Alex Rodríguez escribió el libro. Sería muy divertido leer el libro en voz alta usando tu voz de locutor deportivo. Los dibujos son divertidos también.
Kevin from Shakespeare Bats Cleanup is back! In that book, Kevin was sidelined from baseball and learned that he also has a passion for writing poetry. In this book, he's still playing baseball, still writing poetry,...
While you might think this book is all about steroid use in sports (yes, the issue does come up), it wasn't the main focus. Boost is a portrait of a girl who is passionate about sports and is willing to work hard to meet her goals. Savvy and her family have just moved from their huge NM compound...
TC, Augie, and Ale are the best of friends now, but it wasn't always that way. In a series of diary entries, instant messages, and e-mails from their freshman year of high school, they each look back at how they were brought together by a deaf kid with an obsession with Mary Poppins, love of...
Last Shot is the story of two thirteen-year-olds who win a sports writing contest and get to attend the NCAA Final Four basketball tourament as student journalists. While enjoying great seats, schmoozing with coaches and ESPN personalities, and other perks, the kids come across a plot in which a...
This should be the best time of Scott's life: He's a star senior on the baseball team. His future in the big leagues is bright. He plays third base or the "hot corner," where anything can happen. Then he learns that anything can happen in life, too. An article about an anonymous gay student is...
It's the late 21st century, and things are different. Bo's father and brother are in prison, like 1/3 of the men in the new USSA. Offenses like road rage and verbal assault carry heavy sentences, and the prisoners do most of the work of running the country. Bo realizes that the old saying "like...
Lynne Cox has had many firsts and many records (including the first to swim the Strait of Magellan and the Bering Strait and time records for the English Channel), but her story is about more than records. She describes what long distance swimming means to her, how she got to the level where she...
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