On a class ski trip, Gabe Santiago learns that he is a natural on the slopes. When Eliza, a girl he has a crush on, asks Gabe to join the Grover Lake ski team with her, he quickly says yes. One problem: he’s never skied slalom before. Then Sal, owner of Sal’s Used Sporting Goods, hands him a pair of goggles once worn by Olympic gold medalist Bode Miller. Will they prove to be Gabe's lucky charm?
Logan Parrish has a great fastball. Unfortunately, it’s the only pitch in his arsenal, and hitters are starting to figure him out. After a devastating loss, Logan visits Sal’s Used Sporting Goods, and its friendly owner introduces him to an ex-minor league pitcher who might be able to teach Logan a few tricks. But will they be enough to help Logan in the big game?
Ben Mason has always been the star player on East Grover Lake boys’ basketball team. But when a new transfer student takes away the spotlight, Ben is frustrated with his role on the team. After a visit from Sal, owner of Sal’s Used Sporting Goods, he learns about John Stockton, the NBA’s all-time assist leader. Will Ben learn the true meaning of leadership?
After a bad first soccer practice, Bridget feels pressured to get in better shape. She hopes a new fitness gadget will help her reach her fitness goals. Instead, it leads to a fierce competition, and it affects a friendship. Is Bridget’s latest tech passion pushing her too far?
Compares and contrasts some of basketball's most popular players from past to present through engaging text and dynamic infographics, charts, timelines, photos and strong reading level control.
Explores the baseball career of Nelson Cruz and his place in the rich history of Latino MLB players: With stats, charts, infographics, timelines, and strongly controlled text.
Explores the baseball career of Albert Pujols and his place in the rich history of Latino MLB players: With stats, charts, infographics, timelines, and strongly controlled text.
Explores the baseball career of Felix Hernandez and his place in the rich history of Latino MLB players: With stats, charts, infographics, timelines, and strongly controlled text.
Explores the baseball career of Jose Altuve and his place in the rich history of Latino MLB players: With stats, charts, infographics, timelines, and strongly controlled text.
Explores the baseball career of Miguel Cabrera and his place in the rich history of Latino MLB players: With stats, charts, infographics, timelines, and strongly controlled text.
Lamar Hunt, founder of the American Football League, was the first owner of the Kansas City Chiefs, previously known as the Dallas Texans. For the sake of the league, he moved the team to Kansas City in 1963 where the franchise has remained ever since. After a successful start followed by an unfortunate period of loses, the Chiefs are striving to reach the top again. Read about the Chiefs’ journey in this title for young learners.
When an NFL franchise was bought for Atlanta in 1965), Georgians were called upon to name the team. A teacher from the city of Griffin suggested “Falcons.” The birds of prey are proud, brave, and strong with a great sporting tradition. See if the Falcons live up to their name in this high-low read!
After budget cuts force the Southside Saints football team to disband, Jamal and his friends have to settle for playing pickup on the hardscrabble field behind their high school. Then the president of a sporting-goods company offers to donate $20,000 worth of equipment to the team. There's only one catch: he wants to be the coach. Thrilled to have a real team together, the players turn a blind eye to Coach Fort's racism, bullying and discrimination. Until he takes it too far. Now its up to Jamal and his teammates to take back their team and show what they're made of.
With four consecutive appearances at the Super Bowl from 1991-1994, the Buffalo Bills set a record that’s difficult to beat! Although they lost each Super Bowl game they played, the team continues to push forward to work their way back to the top. Learn about the Bills’ highlights and heartbreaks in this read about a team that knows giving up is not an option.
When the Gladiators basketball team's nasty coach finally gets turfed midseason, things couldn't possibly get worse. The team hasn't won a game yet, and morale is at rock bottom. Sameer, who announces the games and keeps score, and Vijay, the team mascot, have their hands full keeping the team's spirits up. When they get promoted to assistant coach and manager, can they help a small, unathletic, Shakespeare-quoting drama teacher coach the team to victory, or at least to dignity? Or will the courtside drama eclipse even the school play?
A dream became reality for North and South Carolina when they were granted an NFL expansion in 1993. Fireworks exploded over the city of Charlotte as the Panthers won their first game with a bang! Cheer alongside their mascot, Sir Purr, and find out what the Carolina Panthers are capable of in this title for beginning readers.
Since 1920, the Chicago Bears have played over 1,000 games! This resilient franchise also boasts the most players inaugurated into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. George Halas, known as “Papa Bear,” has led the team into many victories not only as a player, but as a coach and team owner, too! Learn more about the Chicago Bears in this inspiring team profile for young audiences.
The Baltimore Ravens are a young team, but they have a lot of heart! Standing strong and blocking opponents, their defensive linesmen are known as top-notch athletes in the league. Ravens fans, called the “flock,” cheer them on. This title will show what dedication and teamwork mean to the Baltimore Ravens.
After much anticipation, the Jacksonville Jaguars became an official team in 1993. A pre-season game against the Carolina Panthers demonstrated that they were ready for the big league. Appearing in multiple conference championships, the Jaguars have been successful considering their short time on the charts. Beginning readers will understand the importance of hard work and dedication in this title!
As the oldest operating football team, the Cardinals have been around for a long time! The football franchise has city-hopped from Chicago to St. Louis, and finally, to Phoenix. No matter their hometown, the team has always sported "Cardinal red" uniforms and lasting determination. Understand how history has unfolded for the Arizona Cardinals in this book for young readers.
Starting with black, white, and orange uniforms, the Cincinnati Bengals resembled their division rival, the Cleveland Browns. Fortunately the Bengals' uniforms have evolved. Today they wear bold, black stripes like Bengal tigers. Read about the Cincinnati Bengals’ drive and evolution since 1968 in this title for young readers.
For many sports fans there's no such thing as too much hockey. And in I Spy with My Little Eye Hockey, young readers get double the fun. Matt Napier, author of Z is for Zamboni: A Hockey Alphabet, teams up with photographer David Milne to create a visual puzzle book that challenges the deductive skills and sharp eyes of young readers. Dual look-alike photographs are filled with hockey masks, sticks, pucks, even miniature ice rinks and trading cards. But one of the scenes has been slightly altered. Can you see the changes? How many can you find? Poetic clues help young fans and seasoned veterans find the various differences between each pair of scenes. From the number of Zambonis on the ice to the sweaters hung in a locker room, hockey fans of all ages will enjoy this new way of spying the game!
Dozer the Goldendoodle has a wonderful life! He and his best friend, Chica, belong to a loving family. They have warm beds to sleep in, enough food to eat, and plenty of room in their yard to play and investigate. What more could a good dog want? As it turns out, Dozer wants an adventure. And when a runner runs past his yard, followed by another, and another, and another, Dozer decides to follow and see what is happening. In May 2011, unbeknownst to his owner, Dozer slipped out of his yard in Highland, Maryland, enticed by the sight of people running past. The runners were participating in the Maryland Half Marathon, a race benefitting the University of Maryland Greenebaum Cancer Center. Dozer joined the 2,000 runners in the race, inspiring everyone along the 13-mile race course. By the time his adventure was over and he was reunited with his family, Dozer's "Run" encouraged thousands of pledges in support of the Greenebaum Cancer Center. This true story of a playful dog that actually runs a half marathon entertains as well as inspires.
Segregated Charleston, SC, 1955: There are 62 official Little League programs in South Carolina -- all but one of the leagues is composed entirely of white players. The Cannon Street YMCA All-Stars, an all-black team, is formed in the hopes of playing in the state's annual Little League Tournament. What should have been a time of enjoyment, however, turns sour when all of the other leagues refuse to play against them and even pull out of the program. As the only remaining Little League team in the state, Cannon Street was named state winner by default, giving the boys a legitimate spot in the Little League Baseball World Series held in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. While the Cannon Street team is invited to the game as guests, they are not allowed to participate since they have not officially "played" and won their state's tournament. Let Them Play takes its name from the chant shouted by the spectators who attended the World Series final.
In the mid 1800s the sport of baseball was working its way across the United States. Amateur teams were springing up and in 1858 the National Association of Base Ball Players was formed. Young men were eager to show their prowess on the field and in the batter's box. Lipman Pike's father, a Dutch immigrant, runs a small haberdashery in Brooklyn, New York, though Lip is more interested in watching the ball players than working behind the counter. His mother doesn't approve -- Jewish boys should be paying attention to more sensible matters. But when Lip is barely a teenager, he's invited to join the Nationals Junior Club and play first base. When he hits his first pitch over the right fielder's head, Lip knows baseball is the sport for him. Award-winning author Richard Michelson chronicles the meteoric rise of one of baseball's earliest (and unsung) champions.