Tight End (Matt Christopher Sports Classics)
No other sport in the world captivates a bigger audience -- and no other competition electrifies its fans like the World Cup. Now, just in time for the next World Cup competition, comes a book just for kids, jam-packed with information about each and every World Cup ever played. Want to know who was behind the biggest surprise defeat of the tournament? Curious about what happened to the Jules Rimet trophy when it was in England? Turn to the chapter on World Cup You'll find the answer here -- along with much, much more, including a bonus chapter on the Women's World Cup and lists of winners, runners-up, and scores of past Cups.
And because it all comes from Matt Christopher, young readers know they're getting the best sports writing on the shelf. Home run slugger Sylvester Coddmyer the Third has an amazing secret. For three seasons, he's been coached by men who look exactly like baseball legends: Babe Ruth, Eddie Cicotte, and Mickey Mantle. Are these men just impersonating famous ballplayers, as his friend Duane insists? The mystery deepens in this fourth title of the exciting Home Run Kid series when yet another character from baseball's past appears to coach Syl.
But is Syl the only one getting pointers? And will Snooky ever get to the bottom of this mystery?
The exciting sequel to Slam Dunk! Julian Pryce was once the star center of the Tornadoes. But when he joins a new team after his family moves, he suddenly finds himself the star benchwarmer. It turns out the Warriors already have a starting center, Paul Boyd, who has no intention of sharing the court with Julian. The coach is no help, either, for one simple reason: Paul is his son! Now Julian may have to take drastic measures if he's going to get back into the game. Malik Edwards has never had any intention of playing golf.
In his mind, golf is a game played by old, flabby men wearing funny pants and hats. Then one day while channel surfing he sees a young black golfer being cheered on by a crowd of adoring fans. Suddenly golf's image changes for Malik. Yet, even if he wanted to play, where would he get the gear or the money? And where is a kid living in Brooklyn, New York, supposed to play golf?
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Malik's growing desire to learn the sport of golf help him overcome these obstacles, but the biggest obstacle-the ridicule of his friends-still sits in his path. Twelve-year-old Traci Winchell is a gifted gymnast, but lately she's been having trouble -- so much trouble that her coach warns her she may need to drop out or else risk serious injury.
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Traci wants to find something to fill the void left by gymnastics, but is diving for her? Dale Earnhardt, Sr. In the more than 20 years that followed, his daring driving style earned him several top honors, including his proudest moment, a victory at Daytona. On February 18th, , Earnhardt had been racing in the Daytona , when in the final lap, he had a fatal crash.
While other drivers have come and gone, the face of Dale Earnhardt, Sr.
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Get to know a legend. He sprains his ankle and wonders how he will hit homers--or even singles--when every swing means pain. Twelve-year-old Brent Mullen discovers that the new assistant hockey coach is teaching the defensemen on his team illegal moves to help them win at any cost. Sandy Comstock once made a mistake - a bad one - but he's paid the price and now he just wants to get on with his life.
Only one person stands in his way:Perry Warden, the boy who tempted Sandy to break the law in the first place. Convinced that Perry is spreading rumors about him to his new baseball teammates, Sandy face a tough decision.
Should he run from the rumors, or come out with the truth about his past. Chico Romez is new to the Royals baseball team, but all the players welcome him and his ability in the outfield.
All but one, that its. String Becker seems to have it in for Chico. What will it take for Chico to prove himself to String? He was the first true power hitter, a strong pitcher, and in the outfield made some amazing game-saving catches. His love of the sport shined through in the way he laughed while jogging around the bases, in how he kidded and horsed around with teammates, and in his overall determination to win.
But there was a darker side to Babe, one that nearly ruined his career - and his life. In the end, however, Ruth managed to overcome his personal demons, recapture his health, and go on to lead his beloved Yankees to championship status. Simply put, there has never been another player like the Babe. This comprehensive biography of one of baseball's most memorable legends also comes with photos. Throughout the baseball season, two names made the headlines more than any others: Mark McGwire, the eventual home run king, and Sammy Sosa, the runner-up in a race that won the hearts of baseball fans worldwide.
Because Sosa had dug the dismal Chicago Cubs out of the cellar not just with his home runs, but also with his spectacular all-around play. Yet Sosa's contributions off the field, both in the States and in his native land, the Dominican Republic, are even more impressive. In this powerful biography of one of the most admired sluggers in baseball, Matt Christopher, the number one sports series for kids, traces Sosa's life from his poverty-stricken childhood-when shining shoes put food on the table-to his professional career.
For more information on the Matt Christopher Sports Bio Bookshelf, please see the last pages of this book. At the start of the major league baseball season, St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Mark McGwire hit a home run. In the games that followed, he did it again. And again. By the end of the season, in late September, he had done the hardest thing in baseball an earth-shattering seventy times. He didn't just break the decades-old single-season home-run record set by Roger Maris in he shattered it.
And by doing so, he not only set a new benchmark for players to strive for, but also reminded people that baseball is fun, a game to be enjoyed, with heroes who play for the love of the sport, not for the love of money. In this powerful biography of the most talked-about man in baseball, Matt Christopher, the number one sports series for kids, explores the slugger's childhood days on the diamond as well as the ups and downs of his college and professional career.
After playing the sport he loved in his home country of Japan for 17 years, Ichiro left in and joined the Seattle Mariners. Would Ichiro succeed in the world's most challenging baseball league? Includes black-and-white photos and players' statistics.
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Tina Esparza loves soccer, especially that it's a team sport where no one player is in the spotlight. Imagine her surprise when the coach asks her to train as the team's goalkeeper. Will Tina be able to overcome her shyness and accept a position that puts her in the center of attention?
Capturing the suspense and play-by-play action of nine major league plays and the personalities of the athletes that made them, a fan's treasury includes Willie May's World Series catch and Jim Abbott's no-hitter. The thrill of an interception, the crash of helmets, the seemingly impossible catch in the end zone -- Matt Christopher has captured all the suspense and play-by-play action of nine remarkable football plays and the personalities of the athletes who made them.
Tom Dempsey's sixty-three-yard field goal, Joe Namath's guarantee of a Super Bowl win in , and Walter Payton's record-setting yards rushing in a single game are among the moments recorded in this not-to-be-missed book from America's best-loved sports writer for children. On July 10, , at the end of 90 minutes of regulation play plus two 15 minute overtime periods, Briana Scurry faced the greatest challenge of her soccer career.
As goalkeeper for the U. Women's national team, she would be squaring off against China's best five penalty kickers in a shootout that would determine the winners of the Women's World Cup. The pressure was enormous -- but Briana Scurry thrives on pressure, which is one reason she's been called the best goalkeeper in the world.
Since , she has proven again and again that when the heat's on, she'll stay cool. And that's just what she did that steamy July day Even though he is the tallest member of the basketball team, a young boy finds he is far from being the best player. Eleven-year-old Garry, embarrassed when his unathletic brother joins his lacrosse team, faces a bigger problem when the team bully turns on both of them. It's early summer, and things are really heating up between Garry Wallis, star of Lacrosse Face-Off, and his nemesis, Michael Donofrio.
At the end of last season, Garry sabotaged Michael's chances of becoming the league's top scorer. Now Michael is taking his revenge.
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He's got plenty of opportunity, too, for the Rockets are taking part in a week-long lacrosse tournament held at an overnight camp. Garry tries to ignore Michael, but the bullying finally gets to him-and what happens next sets off a string of near-disasters that finds Garry in the heart of a firestorm. This latest installment in Matt Christopher's bestselling series combines all the lacrosse action and mystery his fans crave.