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Athletic Shorts: Six Short Storiesby Chris Crutcher
Synopses & Reviews
These six stories from acclaimed author Chris Crutcher are about athletes, but are not simply sports stories.
Here he presents characters from some of his best–loved novels, as well as creating some unforgettable new personalities, in tales of love, death, bigotry, heroism, and coming of age.
"[Crutcher] and his athlete protagonists take on such weighty issues as racism, homophobia, sexism and the teenager's essential task of coming to terms with his parents." Publishers Weekly
"A winning collection of stories...will speak to YAs, touch them deeply and introduce them to characters they'll want to know better." School Library Journal
"The characterizations are powerfully drawn, and the dialogue is quick and scorching." The Horn Book
"An involving group of stories...thought-provoking and discussable." Kirkus Reviews
"Crutcher knows teen issues and how kids think and talk...he mixes poignancy and humor in just the right proportion to keep readers involved." ALA Booklist
About the Author
Chris Crutcher grew up in Cascade, Idaho, and now lives in Spokane, Washington. He is the critically acclaimed author of eight novels and a collection of short stories for teenagers, all chosen as ALA Best Books. In 2000, he was awarded the American Library Association's Margaret A. Edwards Award, honoring his lifetime contribution in writing for teens. Drawing on his experience as an athlete, teacher, family therapist, and child protection specialist, he unflinchingly writes about real and often-ignored issues that face teenagers today.
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