A beast of a man from Ireland, Sheamus uses his size and strength to punish his opponents. Although his career is young, he has already made an impact in wrestling. He has won many belts, including the WWE Championship. Learn how Sheamus incorporates his heritage into his showmanship and signature moves. He makes his home country proud with every pin.
Known for being tough and relentless, the Oakland Raiders have often fought their way to the top of the NFL. Their first Super Bowl win in 1977 was under the direction of John Madden, one of the NFL’s most famed icons. The Madden NFL video game series is named after him! Learn how the Oakland Raiders beat out their competition in this engaging title.
Since the AFL and NFL merged, the Denver Broncos have won several championships including back-to-back Super Bowl games. This team has come a long way since the 1950s, when they wore second-hand uniforms! Tens of thousands of fans are on the season-ticket waiting list so they can see them play. Don’t wait to learn more about the Denver Broncos in this action-packed book.
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.
In the Philadelphia Eagles’ stadium fans sing the team fight song, “Fly, Eagles, Fly!” The Eagles have a long history, dating back to 1933. A notable player for the Eagles was Reggie White, one of the top sackers in professional football. Swoop up this book for young learners and discover more about the Philadelphia Eagles!
Multiple division and Super Bowl championship wins prove that the Pittsburgh Steelers are one of the most accomplished NFL franchises in history. Originally known as the Pirates, this team was not successful until forty years after their debut! The Pittsburgh Steelers will steal many hearts in this action-filled book for young readers.
Ayla loves climbing. But she prefers to climb indoors, with all her safety harnesses in place and soft mats to land on. Her climbing partner and best friend, Lissy, is much more adventurous and loves the outdoors. When Lissy starts hanging out with Carlos, the new thrill-seeking guy in town, Ayla wants to keep an eye on her and finds herself tagging along on a weekend climbing trip up Black Dog Mountain. But things go very wrong when Lissy and her dad, the only adult in the group, are badly injured high on the side of the mountain. Suddenly the risks of climbing become very real. Ayla and Carlos need to figure out how to get help, and every decision they make could have catastrophic consequences.
Led by coach Sid Gillman, the San Diego Chargers won division championships in five of their first six seasons! With their gold bolt proudly showing, the Chargers take the field and face off against the Oakland Raiders, a rival since 1960! Struggling readers can take charge and learn more about the San Diego Chargers in this fun title.
As a frequent Super Bowl competitor, the New England Patriots are a formidable franchise! In 2001, head coach Bill Belichick played quarterback Tom Brady, who at the time was only a sixth-round draft pick. Since then, the team has been successful, including a 16-game season without any losses. Active minds will enjoy this book on the New England Patriots.
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?
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers were left without a single win in their first season, but they did not lose hope. In 2003, the Bucs defeated the Oakland Raiders 48-21 claiming their first Super Bowl victory! Follow the Bucs’ highs and lows in this book about underdogs for beginning readers.
On All Saints Day in 1966, the New Orleans Saints became the NFL’s sixteenth franchise. Enthusiastic fans showed their spirit by celebrating “Mardi Gras in Autumn” at their home games. After Hurricane Katrina, the Saints came back stronger than ever and revived the city’s high spirits. Discover what it takes to persevere and succeed in this title for reluctant readers.
Although the Detroit Lions haven’t had much luck in championships, they show courage and spirit on the field. They have produced some amazing star power, including Hall of Fame running back Barry Sanders! An interesting fact is that the Detroit Lions have hosted a game every Thanksgiving Day since 1934, with the exception of the years during WWII. Young readers will enjoy learning more about the Detroit Lions in this fascinating title.
Did you know the San Francisco 49ers are named after the miners from the California Gold Rush? The 49ers were home to Joe Montana for over ten years. He is considered one of the NFL’s most legendary quarterbacks. Discover the San Francisco 49ers’ rush to the top in this book for reluctant readers.
Perhaps one of the greatest games that grew professional football fandom was between the New York Jets and the highly-favored Baltimore Colts in Super Bowl III. As the underdogs, the Jets won 16-7, shocking viewers across the country. Get the full scoop on the New York Jets in this engaging book for struggling readers.
No other football team had been as creative as the St. Louis Rams when they painted horns on their helmets in the 1940s. The horn insignia remains today along with the team’s spunk and fortitude. Pick up this engaging title and enjoy learning more about the St. Louis Rams.
A perfect season is rare, but the Miami Dolphins did just that in 1972 ending with a Super Bowl VII win! Their name comes from the courage, intelligence, and swiftness of bottlenose dolphins. The Dolphins tackle, dive, and speed down the field at privately-owned Sun Life Stadium. Take a seat and learn more about the Miami Dolphins in this title for struggling 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.
One of the most successful franchises on and off the field, the Dallas Cowboys team is no stranger to the Super Bowl and division championships! The crowd loves cheering them on with the famous Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders. Young learners will admire the Cowboys’ accomplishments and find out why they are known as “America’s Team” in this fun read.
In 2013, fans of the Seattle Seahawks cheered at the top of their lungs, recording a 137.6-decibel reading. This is louder than a jet taking off! Extreme fans became known as “12s” when Seahawks president retired the number 12 jersey from game play in recognition of diehard Seahawks fans. Get pumped by reading this high-interest title on the Seattle Seahawks!
The early days of the New York Giants helped the NFL become what it is today: America’s most popular sport. Representing New York City, the Giants boast a huge fan base. In 2008, Eli Manning led the Giants to victory in a huge Super Bowl upset against the New England Patriots. Explore the history behind one of the NFL’s most recognized teams in this title for young audiences.
Luc Waldon always figured he knew what his passion was: football. He lives it, he breathes it and he thinks he has what it takes to go all the way to the NFL. So when his football coach orders him to sign up for contemporary-dance classes to improve his game, Luc's less than thrilled. When he realizes that dance might actually be his true passion, he faces a tough decision. Is he willing to leave behind the field and a real shot at professional sports, and disappoint his parents, his coach and his teammates, in order to pursue a new dream?
With sixteen seconds left and the Titans down 15-16, many fans thought the 1999 game against Buffalo was over. Suddenly, after a short kickoff, Frank Wycheck passed the ball to Kevin Dyson who sprinted down the line and scored a 75-yard touchdown! Having taken place in Nashville, this play was coined the “Music City Miracle.” Check out the Tennessee Titans’ heart-racing games in this exciting title.
Explains the history of rodeo steer wrestling. Equipment and techniques, famous riders, animals, records, venues, and championships are highlighted.
José Reyes has become one of baseball's biggest stars. He has led the National League in stolen bases and batting average. He has played in the All-Star Game, won awards, and made millions of dollars. His time in the Major Leagues has been a dream-come-true for the Dominican player. Learn about the life of one of baseball's newest stars. Read how he worked his way through the minor leagues to play for the New York Mets. Discover the story of one of baseball's superstars!