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Athletic Shorts: Six Short Stories [Paperback]

Chris Crutcher
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Oct. 24 2002

In six tense, exciting short stories, athletes face up to more than sports in tales of love and death, of bigotry and heroism, of real people doing the best that they can, even when that best is not enough.

These stories feature new voices as well as characters from Chris Crutcher's acclaimed popular novels, including Stotan!, Running Loose, and The Crazy Horse Electric Game. Here are the moments that change lives forever.


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From Publishers Weekly

If the stereotype of the "bonehead jock" is ever to be defeated, it will be at Crutcher's hands. In these six short stories, he and his athlete protagonists take on such weighty issues as racism, homophobia, sexism and the teenager's essential task of coming to terms with his parents. At the same time the author makes the world of sports compelling enough to engage even the most sedentary readers. Three of the stories revolve around characters featured in Crutcher's The Crazy Horse Electric Game , including the memorable eccentric known as Telephone Man. Also starring in his own story is Lionel Serbousek, the orphaned artist and swimmer of Stotan! In the book's final tale, Louie Banks (from Running Loose ) is befriended by a young man with AIDS and must cope once again with the untimely death of a loved one. The stories' locales--mostly small towns in Montana and Idaho--are vividly evoked, and make a satisfying change from the well-known big cities and bland suburbs where so many YA novels are set. Ages 12-up.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Grade 8-12-- A winning collection of stories, one of which has appeared in print before. Some of the characters from Crutcher novels pop up in these stories, often speaking in a colloquial and realistic first-person voice. As the title suggests, athletics are part of the selections; and Crutcher, as usual, is best at accurately portraying the world of high school teammates and coaches--readers can practically smell the sweat. In the first story--a monologue by a fat guy who manages to keep his dignity--the author seamlessly blends humor with more serious elements. Crutcher's fans expect almost operatic flights of emotion, and he more than delivers here. The short story format keeps the action focused and definitely packs a punch. The final entry, a gritty, no-holds-barred account of the fear surrounding AIDS, is especially effective. These Athletic Shorts will speak to YAs, touch them deeply, and introduce them to characters they'll want to know better.
- Todd Morning, Schaumburg Township Public Library, IL -
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Courtesy of Teens Read Too Feb. 23 2007
Format:Paperback
In ATHLETIC SHORTS, Chris Crutcher presents original short stories involving characters from his previous novels. In the book's forward, Crutcher explains, "In my travels around the country and in letters from readers, I am constantly asked what happens to certain characters in my books. So once in a while I check in" (pp. ix-x).

Each of these short stories involves a central character from a previous novel, but, while Crutcher may have intended a particular story to be a prequel or an afterward, the stories remain independent. So a person who has not read RUNNING LOOSE will still be able to understand the storyline behind IN THE TIME I GET, in which Louie Banks looks into the eyes of a friend dying of AIDS and realizes the value of time. Additionally, after getting a taste of Crutcher's novels through his short stories, readers may well be inspired to go out and acquire the novels themselves.

Athletics are the uniting theme throughout these stories, but they also give Crutcher a medium to introduce physical, mental, and emotional challenges for his characters. Sports allow a safe setting for conflict and failure, while also providing a site for characters to achieve and excel.

Thumbs Up! Award Winner, 1992

Reviewed by: Mechele R. Dillard
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Oct. 21 2003
Format:Paperback
Athletic shorts, by Chris Crutcher is a book about 6 short stories that describe athletes triumphs. I loved this book. Its would interest me around every corner. I would just wanted to continue reading. The only bad part of the book was that it had to end.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Read Oct. 16 2003
Format:Paperback
I thought Athletic Shorts was a good book because it was easy to understand since it was about sports. All the stories could hold my attention which made me want to read the next page. i thought that was a great way to write a sports book with 6 short stories all in one book. I could really relate to it because i like sports alot. I reccomend this book to anyone that like sports.
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By Frank
Format:Paperback
Another great book by Chris Crutcher -- this one containing six short stories with troubled or stressed teens facing difficult situations. The last two, on the themes of racial prejudice and sexual preference prejudice, are especially powerful.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is a keeper!! March 28 2003
Format:Paperback
Being a high school athlete, this is a cook that I was really able to relate to. Each character in the story shows that he/she is able solve his/her problem through their sports. All of he characters display high morale, which leads them to what they want at the end of their story. an example would be Angus, from the story "A Brief Moment in the Life of Angus Bethune." He believed that no one should be treated as he was, and at thet end of the story, this trait won over his high-school sweetheart. These stories all show good kids goig through their tough teenage years, and the ways that they cope with these tough times. This book was one of the best that I have read. It showed that no matter how bad the situation is, you can always get what you want in the end if try for it hard enough.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Wow! What an eye opener. Feb. 9 2003
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Format:Paperback
These six short stories that I have read in the book, Athletic Shorts,really is an insperation to realize that there really are people in the world that can fit this profile. I even can relate to this book. Not any of the stories exactly but the main idea of the book. It makes you think before you act if anything at the least.
This book is about six short stories that have massive perspective views of the way other people look at life. Some of consist of selfesteem, not giving up, facing the chanlenges of life face on, learning the way of pain from losing your family and more. Thats all i can give to you so, READ IT!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Wow! What an eye opener. Feb. 9 2003
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
These six short stories that I have read in the book, Athletic Shorts,really is an insperation to realize that there really are people in the world that can fit this profile. I even can relate to this book. Not any of the stories exactly but the main idea of the book. It makes you think before you act if anything at the least.
Well, enough fooboobering. This book is about six short stories that have massive perspective views of the way other people look at life. Some of consist of selfesteem, not giving up, facing the chanlenges of life face on, learning the way of pain from losing your family and more. Thats all i can give to you so, READ IT!!!
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