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I really enjoy this series and 3 is probably the strongest and most diverse collection so far. It is more mature than "Funny Business," and holds together as a unified collection better than "Thriller. In all three collections there is one standout story. In "Thriller," it was Walter Dean Myers' tonally different, and very affecting, realistic portrait of a Somali boy pirate.

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The closest competition is Tim Green's "Find Your Fire" in which two star athletes and best friends are competing for a football scholarship. The story has too much going on, and too much dead space, but the title theme and ambiguous ending make up for the areas that are lacking. Also oddly-paced is Jacqueline Woodson's "The Distance," that unfortunately never answers the question of why the narrator didn't try harder in his relay leg because it was too difficult, really?

Again, however, the ending theme and the interesting familial and friend relationships give the story weight. Better than Green's and Woodson's story is Joseph Bruchac's "Choke" about a boy who takes up mixed-martial arts to take on a bully.

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It has a similar generic set-up but the narrator's sarcastic sense of humor mixes well with the realism, and makes the story more engaging overall. They are all genuinely funny, though, with Ursu's being the real surprise. Her story about a lie that quickly spirals out of control has the best twist ending of the bunch. All four are frothy and light-hearted, and could give the stories in "Funny Business" a run for their money.

The nonfiction stories also help to both broaden the diversity of the collection, while, interestingly, thematically tying the all the stories together. Both stories made me wonder what "Thriller" and "Funny Business" might have been like with some interesting nonfiction mixed in. Sports stories can so often go horribly wrong, descending into treacly, platitude-spewing, sentimental disasters think of almost every popular sports movie out there.

That this collection sidesteps that trap in so many interesting ways is phenomenal, and shows that these collections are only getting better as the series continues. Sep 24, Riley Conway rated it really liked it. The pieces are united by a common theme—in this case, sports—but written in a variety of styles. I guess it could have been more inclusive, but the stories told are more important than the sports that serve as their settings.

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And at any rate, baseball, basketball, football, track, and MMA are probably the most popular sports among boys , anyway. The stories in this collection are no exception. Sure, at times, some characters actions are certainly more in service to plot than to character development, but there are also shining examples of interesting protagonists with complex problems.

Aug 31, An Odd1 rated it it was ok. My favorite is Ursu's sixth-grader Max, who moves to new school from home town of famous baseball player Beau Fletcher, wants to impress pretty Molly, and pretends to be Beau's secret son. The rumor leaks, and Max must face Beau in person when Molly gets tickets for public meeting. You wish you threw like a girl". Max "just struck out" p Footballer James Brown credits Christian faith and friends. Both have simple vocabulary and phrasing. Rylander pretends to be an angry boy who places blame for his screwed-up catch, his best friend's broken arm, on pro baseball hitter Derek who is kind and generous all-round, and does not learn his lesson at the end view spoiler [ blames pitcher hide spoiler ].

The rest, about encouraging coaches, races, specific game plays, drifts over my head. I liked hockey back when Toronto, Montreal, Boston and Chicago ruled. Now soccer is the world-beloved "beautiful game", is the only game for me, missing from this Yankee-centric bias. David Beckham improved Los Angeles a tad. Nov 14, Matthew Brodsky rated it liked it. Guys Read Sports Pages is a collection of stories involving sports. His goal is to always work harder than the next person, so that he can make it to the NHL.

At the first try-out he is not too happy about how he did, but will he make it at the second? He predicts that it is stolen.

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This story kept me wanting to read more. The authors did a good job really writing about the sport that they knew about and not writing about something they had to look up.

They seemed to have a lot of knowledge about the sport that they were writing about. The stories could have been a bit shorter.

They are about 40 to 80 pages each. There was many different plots, but they were all basically about trying as hard as you could, trying and making a team, or becoming who you want to be. The writing was very descriptive. Whenever a character took a shot for example and it lasted 3 seconds the writer made that three seconds seem like three weeks. I liked the stories but I got bored because they were long. Someone who is interested in books that are about sports would like this book and people who get tired of reading one long story and just want to read a couple of shorter stories.

I would rate it 3 stars only because the stories were very long. View 1 comment. May 30, Yesenia rated it really liked it. Sport fans are not to be messed with. We know what we want scholarships, girls and boys, championships, athletic people, liars,and "Trophies". In New York "Sports" is just a normal day. He stops an Sport fans are not to be messed with.

Enter Max a shy quiet boy who moved to this new city. He wants to make new friends without anyone trying to judge him. Beau Fletcher the best baseball player ever!!! He lies to Molly so that she can like him and hang out with him more often. The whole school likes him because he has a baseball player is his dad.

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Will they ever find out that Beau Fletcher is not his dad?? Jake and Bobby best friends since kindergarten he has no other friend than him. Jake is going to IH too because he got the money. He finds out he his dad loses his job his not going to IH no more. Jake is very angry, bad, and sad Jake wants that scholarship and he will do anything to get that scholarship.

These 10 novels are interesting and breath taking to read on your spare time!! Sports are not just for boys but for girls also Just because this says Guys Read girls can read this as well.

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This will get you into the book like if your watching a game in real life Jul 30, Alison rated it it was amazing. A Home Run! Once again pulling from the greatest talent in the middle grade arena, such as Gordon Korman, Chris Rylander, Dan Gutman, Mike Lupica, and Anne Ursu, middle grade readers are in for a treat!

The 9 year old in my house is a huge fan. He will pick up one of the books, read a short story an A Home Run! He will pick up one of the books, read a short story and put it down for a few days before picking it up again to read another story. He usually reads the stories in order, but you don't have to. No pressure and lots of fun! Unlike my son, I skipped around. I read the first and last stories before making my way into the middle. This should not shock any of my readers when I tell you they were about baseball and written by two of my favorite MG authors - Dan Gutman and Chris Rylander.

I am a sports fan, and a big believer that kids learn a lot of life-skills on the playing field: guts, determination, teamwork, integrity, respect.