As the goalie for the girls’ hockey team, Annie Roger’s keen eyesight is crucial to snagging a speeding slap shot out of the air. On a visit to the eye doctor, she learns that she needs prescription glasses, and her confidence is shattered. But she then she receives a gift from Sal's Used Sporting Goods, a helmet once worn by Canadian double-gold medalist goalie Shannon Szabados. Will it help Annie see things differently?
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.
Dorf is all about skateboarding and so far that's worked out fine. But now that he's in a new city, the terrain has changed. He's no longer free to skateboard where he wishes, school is more difficult, and his passion for skateboarding garners him the nickname and reputation of a freak. With daring stunts he gains the grudging respect of local troublemakers, but he needs to tap into another kind of courage to effect real change.
Nadia is playing for her local soccer team, and they have made it all the way to the national tournament - against some very determined opposition. Unfortunately, Nadia's challenges don't just come from her opponents but from her teammates as well. After their coach is injured in a suspicious accident and the threats against the team mount, it is up to Nadia and her younger brother Devin to pull the team together and take a run at the championship.
People of all ages love to play and watch the game of baseball. It has been a part of American history for around 150 years. Young readers learn the history of baseball, learn how the game is played, and read about how baseball has become a global sport. Blastoff! Series