Sports and recreation

The Greatest Moments in Sports: Upsets and Underdogs by Len BermanBerman, Len  The Greatest Moments in Sports: Upsets and Underdogs
Gr. 4–6  124 pp.  Sourcebooks/Jabberwocky

From an autistic high school basketball player setting a school record for three-pointers to the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team’s “miracle on ice,” this collection of true stories focuses on unlikely heroes in the sports arena. Play-by-play media reports, action photos, and “Fast Fact” sidebars add colorful commentary to sportscaster Berman’s informative, readable overview. An audio CD contains the actual broadcasts.
Subjects: Sports

Big Game Hunting by Tom CarpenterCarpenter, Tom  Big Game Hunting: Bear, Deer, Elk, Sheep, and More
Gr. 4–6  32 pp.  Lerner

Carpenter, Tom  Freshwater Fishing: Bass, Trout, Walleye, Catfish, and More
Gr. 4–6  32 pp.  Lerner

Carpenter, Tom  Saltwater Fishing: Snapper, Mackerel, Bluefish, Tuna, and More
Gr. 4–6  32 pp.  Lerner

Carpenter, Tom  Small Game Hunting: Rabbit, Raccoon, Squirrel, Opossum, and More
Gr. 4–6  32 pp.  Lerner

Carpenter, Tom  Upland Bird Hunting: Wild Turkey, Pheasant, Grouse, Quail, and More
Gr. 4–6  32 pp.  Lerner

Carpenter, Tom  Waterfowl Hunting: Duck, Goose, and More
Gr. 4–6  32 pp.  Lerner

Great Outdoors Sports Zone series. Each book in this series is divided into short chapters that cover the sport’s history, conservation issues, and safety and technical tips. The clear text offers a wide range of information for beginners, while the attractive layout features high-quality photographs and helpful diagrams. Animal identification guides and cooking instructions are included. Reading list, websites. Glos., ind.
Subjects: Sports; Sports—Fishing; Sports—Hunting

Hoop Genius by John CoyCoy, John  Hoop Genius: How a Desperate Teacher and a Rowdy Gym Class Invented Basketball
Gr. K–3  32 pp.  Carolrhoda

Illustrated by Joe Morse. Taking over an unruly gym class that had already run off two predecessors, James Naismith needs a game where “accuracy was more valuable than force.” And so basketball is concocted. Coy’s tight focus on the game’s initial season—only one point was scored in the first game—is immediately engrossing. Morse’s kinetic paintings fill the spreads, capturing the game’s combination of power and finesse. Bib.
Subjects: Sports—Basketball; Naismith, James; Teachers; Massachusetts

Outcasts United by Warren St. JohnSt. John, Warren  Outcasts United: The Story of a Refugee Soccer Team That Changed a Town
High school  226 pp.  Delacorte

In small-town Clarkston, Georgia, half of whose population is made up of refugees from war-torn nations such as Somalia and Sudan, a young woman organizes a free soccer program for young immigrants and determines to coach her teams to success. Alternating between detailing the on-pitch and off-pitch challenges, this absorbing book is as much about the American melting pot as it is about soccer.
Subjects: Sports; Africa; Georgia; Sports—Soccer; Refugees; Immigration; African Americans

Super Simple Bend and Stretch by Nancy TuminellyTuminelly, Nancy  Super Simple Bend & Stretch: Healthy & Fun Activities to Move Your Body
Gr. K–3  32 pp.  ABDO

Tuminelly, Nancy  Super Simple Hop & Jump: Healthy & Fun Activities to Move Your Body
Gr. K–3  32 pp.  ABDO

Tuminelly, Nancy  Super Simple Move & Shake: Healthy & Fun Activities to Move Your Body
Gr. K–3  32 pp.  ABDO

Tuminelly, Nancy  Super Simple Punch & Kick: Healthy & Fun Activities to Move Your Body
Gr. K–3  32 pp.  ABDO

Super SandCastle: Super Simple Exercise series. Introductory sections common to all volumes detail the importance of exercise. Each book then provides step-by-step directions, illustrated with bright photos of smiling kids, for performing simple exercises. Some require equipment (balloons, chalk, bubble wrap) or simple craft projects to make the items (e.g., “Rubberball Soccer”). A pledge to stay active concludes the volumes. Glos.
Subjects: Sports; Exercise

From the June 2013 issue of Nonfiction Notes from the Horn Book.

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