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Kid Athletes: True Tales of Childhood from Sports Legends

True Tales of Childhood from Sports Legends

Author: David Stabler   Series: Kid Legends

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18 true tales of childhood from the world's greatest athletes for readers ages 8-12.

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18 true tales of childhood from the world's greatest athletes for readers ages 8-12.

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Description

With all the best elements of Kid Presidents--colorful illustrations, kid-relatable subjects, true tales of overcoming adversity, battling back bullies, etc.--Kid Athletes tells true tales from the childhoods of a wide range of athletes. Did you know...

Babe Ruth was so incorrigible he was sent to reform school at the age of seven. Historians now think the Babe may have suffered from attention deficit disorder, which contributed to his wild, hyperactive nature--and may have helped him develop his almost supernatural ability to hit a baseball. Danica Patrick learned to conquer her fears and indulge her need for speed on the go-kart track before stepping up to the big leagues of road-racing, flying in the face of her competition who claimed that "girls can't drive" Muhammad Ali (aka Cassius Clay) got in his first fight after a thief stole his bicycle when he was twelve. When little Cassius vowed to "whup" the kid who'd swiped his wheels, a kindly police officer offered to give him boxing lessons. And a heavyweight legend was born.

The lineup subjects is exciting and diverse- female athletes like multi-sport sensation Babe Didrikson Zaharias, jockey Julie Krone, and gymnast Gabby Douglas; African-American legends like Jackie Robinson and Michael Jordan; international stars like Yao Ming and Lionel Messi; and Native American icons like Jim Thorpe. With Doogie Horner's whimsical illustrations bringing every goal, touchdown, and championship to life, this book is a slam dunk for young readers.

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Critic Reviews

“"...outstanding...Inspiring and entertaining, Kid Athletes isn't just for sports fans."-- Booklist , starred review”

"Outstanding...Inspiring and entertaining, Kid Athletes isn't just for sports fans."--Booklist, starred review "Even if you don't exactly love sports, this book only says a little bit about them in the actual sport, so go out and get this book because it will teach you a lot and you will enjoy it immensely."--Kidsday reporters, Newsday

"Perfect for the adolescent set, these inspiring stories mix fun and non-fiction."--Geeks of Doom

Praise for Kid Presidents: "Just like history class, only hilarious."--Tim Federle, author of Better Nate Than Ever

"With cartoonish illustrations that will attract fans of Jeff Kinney's The Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Rachel Renee Russell's The Dork Diaries, this informative offering leaves no presidential childhood rock unturned."--School Library Journal

"Caricatures by Horner are whimsical and funny, a good match for a book that demonstrates that every president started life as a goofy, regular kid."--Booklist

Praise for Kid Authors: "Lively glimpses of formative moments and budding talents."--Kirkus Reviews

"A fun and useful addition, especially for aspiring writers and class projects."--School Library Journal, Paige Rowse, Needham High School, MA

"This is an ideal gift for aspiring young writers who may need proof that even the most famous authors had to start somewhere."--Shelf Awareness for Readers

"[Kid Authors] was full of real information, but the author made it fun and funny ... I would recommend this book for all people who read books and want to know interesting information about authors, and also for people who want to be authors themselves."--Michael, age 9

Praise for Kid Artists: "Impressively diverse."-Booklist

"For budding artists, here's a heartening reminder that 17 unconventional greats--not to mention all the rest--started out as children too." --Kirkus Reviews

"Memorably weird childhood moments--Jackson Pollock accidentally had part of a finger chopped off and then eaten by a rooster--are likely to stick with readers, as will Horner's impish cartoons."-Publishers Weekly

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About the Author

The author of Kid Presidents (Quirk, 2014), David Stabler is the kid-friendly alter ego of Robert Schnakenberg, a Senior Copywriter at Random House. Schnakenberg has written several books of pop history including Secret Lives of Great Authors (Quirk, 2007), Secret Lives of the Supreme Court (Quirk, 2008) and Distory- A Treasury of Historical Insults. His work has also appeared in The American Writer, and Real People; and online at Alternet, HoleCity, Mental Floss, and PopPolitics.com. He has been a major contributor to numerous multi-volume reference works, including The St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture; Fashion, Fad, and Style; and Bowling, Beatniks, and Bell Bottoms- Pop Culture of 20th Century America.

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Product Details

Publisher
Quirk Books
Published
17th November 2015
Pages
208
ISBN
9781594748028
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