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Pro Sports by the Numbers

If you're nuts about sport stats, this new series is for you!  There are four titles in Capstone's Pro Sports by the Numbers series, and each one is packed with charts, tables, timelines and other colorful infographics that give you an in-depth look at your favorite professional sport.  Find them in the nonfiction section of the Kid Zone.

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Train Your Brain #8

I know it's still several weeks away, but I couldn't conclude our sporty nonfiction summer series with anything less than the best.  That's why I challenge you to Train Your Brain: Boost Your Olympics Brainpower.  Pump up your knowledge about everything from the history of the games to the current host of the games. This post features just ten of the titles available on the full list.   Click here for the printable list complete with call numbers.

Dream Big: Michael Jordan and the Pursuit of Olympic Gold by Deloris Jordan
E  796.323  JOR

The Wildest Race Ever: The Story of the 1904 Olympic Marathon by Meghan McCarthy
E  796.42  MCC

Touch the Sky: Alice Coachman, Olympic High Jumper by Ann Malaspina
E  796.48  MAL

Living in . . . Brazil by Chloe Perkins
E  981  PER  BEGINNING READER

You Wouldn't Want to Be a Greek Athlete!: Races You'd Rather Not Run by Michael Ford
J  796.48  FOR

What Are the Summer Olympics? by Gail Herman
J  796.48  HER

Great Olympic Moments by Michael Hurley
J  796.48  HUR

Swifter, Higher, Stronger: A Photographic History of the Summer Olympics by Sue Macy
J  796.48  MAC

Massacre in Munich: How Terrorists Changed the Olympics and the World by Dan Nardo
J  796.48  NAR

The Boys in the Boat: The True Story of an American Team's Epic Journey to Win Gold at the 1936 Olympics by Daniel James Brown
J  797.12  BRO

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Fandom Olympics: Need I Say More?

Are you a detective? A wizard? A Jedi? A Time Lord? Or, even better, are you a FAN? Then get ready to compete in Hoover Library's Fandom Olympics Finale on Tuesday, July 26, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. Go for the gold, silver, and bronze medals in several FAN-tastic events.

Star Wars Light Saber Video Game!
Quidditch Pong!
Hunger Games Archery!
Captain America's Shield Discus!
One Ring Toss to Rule Them All!

Sherlockians and Whovians probably noticed that none of the events have anything to do with their fandom. Do not despair! We'll have something for you, too! And, yes, there will be light snacks to replenish your competitive spirit.  Sign up online or by phone (444-7826).

Tiny Pretty Things by Sona Charaipotra and Dhonielle Clayton took the soapy drama of Pretty Little Liars and transplanted it to an elite ballet school. Wafer-thin ballerinas pull their hair into sleek buns and lace their pointe shoes high, waiting for their chance to shine. But beneath the pretty, polished surface, these girls are hiding some terrible secrets and telling some twisted lies. Privileged Bette is tiny and beautiful—like a ballerina in a music box. But living forever in the shadow of her ballet-star sister and under the weight of family expectations brings out a dangerous edge in her. Perfectionist June can turn a flawless plié and diligently keeps her weight below 100 pounds. But she's never landed a lead role. Tired of always being the understudy, this year she'll settle for nothing but the best—even if she must resort to some less-than-perfect means to get there. And new girl Gigi isn't your traditional ballerina. A free-spirited California girl, she's not used to the fierce competition. Still, that doesn't stop her from outperforming every dancer in the school. But even she is hiding a ticking time bomb, and the very act of dancing just might expose her secrets to everyone. Being a prima isn't all satin and lace; sometimes you have to play dirty. With the competition growing fiercer with every performance, and harmless pranks growing ever darker, it's only a matter of time before one small spark ignites . . . and even the best get burned.

The drama continues in the sequel, Shiny Broken Pieces!
Three girls compete for two coveted company spots in New York's prestigious American Ballet Company, and someone is willing to kill for them. This novel's diverse cast of ballerinas retains its delightful adolescent cattiness, though each girl has been shaken and hardened, still haunted by the events of the first book. Once again, three protagonists rotate narration: Gigi, the talented black outsider whose career was nearly ended by deadly hazing, June, the Korean-American girl from the wrong side of the Queensboro Bridge, and Bette, the white, wealthy, disgraced former queen bee, determined to prove her innocence. Each girl's emotional battle with perfectionism feels individual and brutally authentic. The book's astute focus on ballet's ability to enrich, ennoble, and also consume the lives of its dancers is what provides this story with its delicious spark. Equal parts mystery and social commentary, the novel is engrossing and titillating without being hyperbolic, which is a testament to the authors' talent and a reflection of an art form that simultaneously raises young women to the highest heights while reducing them to shells of themselves. (from Kirkus Reviews)

We've covered most of the major sports this summer, but not all.  Hopefully, this list will catch any of your favorites that I missed.   I challenge you to Train Your Brain: Boost Your General Sports Brainpower.  Pump up your knowledge about everything from hockey to mountain climbing to sports reporters. This post features just ten of the titles available on the full list.   Click here for the printable list complete with call numbers.

Sport-o-rama by Benoit Tardif
E  796  TAR

All New Access:  Your Behind-the-Scene Pas to the Coolest Things in Sports by Sports Illustrated Kids
J  796  SPO

So, You Want to Work in Sports?: The Ultimate Guide to Exploring the Sports Industry by Joanne Mattern
J  796.02  MAT

Kid Athletes: True Tales of Childhood from Sports Legends by David Stabler
J  796.092  STA

Classic Rivalries byMark Stewart
J  796.0973  STE

Don't Step on the Foul Line: Sports Superstition by George Sullivan
J  796.357  SUL

The Adventure Gap: Changing the Face of the Outdoors by James Edward Mills
J  796.522  MIL

Safety Stars: Players Who Fought to Make the Hard-Hitting Game of Professional Hockey Safer by Sue Irwin
J  796.962  IRW

Twelve Rounds to Glory: The Story of Muhammad Ali by Charles R. Smith, Jr.
JB  ALI

Miss Mary Reporting: The True Story of Sportswriter Mary Garber by Sue Macy
JB  GAR

 

 

 

 

 

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