solmejica, January 23, 2009 (view all comments by solmejica)
I have used these short stories for the past two years in my classroom of 8th graders. They have enjoyed the stories and the outcomes. I am now teaching 9th grade and I am about to incorporate these stories into the 2nd semster.
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WITH FIVE GRANDSONS, AGES 8 TO 18, I THINK I HAVE FOUND THE PERFECT HOLIDAY GIFT IN CHRIS CRUTCHER'S "ATHLETIC SHORTS: SIX SHORT STORIES". HIS STORIES SOUND FRESH WITH ENOUGH CHALLENGE TO KEEP THESE BRIGHT MINDS OCCUPIED!
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monicalgrs, November 26, 2006 (view all comments by monicalgrs)
I could not put this book down....All the stories are relevant to today's society and should not be restricted or hidden from children. Reality can be ugly and can be beautiful and Chris crutcher has displayed both in this book.
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"Publishers Weekly Review"
by Publishers Weekly,
"[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
by School Library Journal,
"A winning collection of stories...will speak to YAs, touch them deeply and introduce them to characters they'll want to know better."
by The Horn Book,
"The characterizations are powerfully drawn, and the dialogue is quick and scorching."
by Kirkus Reviews,
"An involving group of stories...thought-provoking and discussable."
by ALA Booklist,
"Crutcher knows teen issues and how kids think and talk...he mixes poignancy and humor in just the right proportion to keep readers involved."
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