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Athletic Shorts: Six Short Stories Paperback – Oct 24 2002


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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Greenwillow; Reprint edition (Oct. 24 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060507837
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060507831
  • Product Dimensions: 18 x 12.8 x 1.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 113 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #404,288 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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By A reader from SMS on 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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By SMS Student on 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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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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By Nick Fry on March 28 2003
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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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By A Customer on Feb. 9 2003
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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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By A Customer on Feb. 9 2003
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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