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On the night of 24 August 1875 Matthew Webb, a 27-year-old British Navy captain, launched himself into the English Channel at Dover. Twenty-one hours and 45 minutes later he became the first man to swim the English Channel. In this acclaimed biography, Kathy Watson shows how Captain Webb was instrumental in bringing the sport of swimming into the modern era. It is also a study of the Victorian drive to push back the boundaries of endurance. In THE CROSSING, Watson uses this great British eccentric's extraordinary life as a springboard to explore themes of obsession and failure and the emerging force of the media, and swimming's place in our psyche.
In March 1990, Will Steger completed what no man had ever before attempted: the crossing of Antarctica, a total of 3,700 miles, on foot. Lured by the challenge and the beauty of Earth's last great wilderness, and determined to focus the world's attention on the frozen continent now that its ecological future hangs in the balance, Steger and his International Trans-Arctica team performed an extraordinary feat of endurance.
The Driftless Area is the land the glaciers missed, an ancient landscape of bluffs, ridgetops, and steep valleys that long ago was a seabed. Covering much of southwestern Wisconsin, its contours were deeply carved from bedrock, not by ice but by many rivers. Crossing the Driftless is both a traveler's tale and an exploration of this dramatic environment, following the streams of geologic and human history. Lynne Diebel and her husband, Bob, crossed the Driftless Area by canoe, journeying 359 river miles (and six Mississippi River locks and five portages) from Faribault, Minnesota, where her family has a summer home on Cedar Lake, to their Wisconsin home in Stoughton, one block from the Yahara River. Traveling by river and portage, they paddled downstream on the Cannon and Mississippi rivers and upstream on the Wisconsin River, in the tradition of voyageurs. Lynne tells the story of their trip, but also the stories of the rivers they canoed and the many tributaries whose confluences they passed.
2015 Newberry Award Winner!<P> "With a bolt of lightning on my kicks... The court is SIZZLING. My sweat is DRIZZLING. Stop all that quivering. Cuz tonight I'm delivering," announces dread-locked, 12-year old Josh Bell. He and his twin brother Jordan are awesome on the court. But Josh has more than basketball in his blood, he's got mad beats, too, that tell his family's story in verse, in this fast and furious middle grade novel of family and brotherhood from Kwame Alexander (He Said, She Said 2013).<P> Josh and Jordan must come to grips with growing up on and off the court to realize breaking the rules comes at a terrible price, as their story's heart-stopping climax proves a game-changer for the entire family.<P> Winner of the Newbery Medal
2015 Newbery Medal Winner 2015 Coretta Scott King Honor Award Winner"With a bolt of lightning on my kicks . . .The court is SIZZLING. My sweat is DRIZZLING. Stop all that quivering. Cuz tonight I'm delivering," announces dread-locked, 12-year old Josh Bell. He and his twin brother Jordan are awesome on the court. But Josh has more than basketball in his blood, he's got mad beats, too, that tell his family's story in verse, in this fast and furious middle grade novel of family and brotherhood from Kwame Alexander (He Said, She Said 2013). Josh and Jordan must come to grips with growing up on and off the court to realize breaking the rules comes at a terrible price, as their story's heart-stopping climax proves a game-changer for the entire family.
Growing up in a doomed hometown with a missing father and a single mother, Nicholas Dawidoff listened to baseball every night on his bedside radio, the professional ballplayers gradually becoming the men in his life. A portrait of a childhood shaped by a stoical, enterprising mother, a disturbed, dangerous father, the private world of baseball, and the awkwardness of first love,The Crowd Sounds Happyis the moving tale of a spirited boy's coming-of-age in troubled times.
Cindy thought the summer job at the Ashford stables was a dream: working with the young riders, grooming and training their ponies, and attending the shows where some of the finest horses in the country were competing. But slowly the dream cracks and eventually shatters, as Cindy is painfully forced to acknowledge that for some people, winning is all. Jean Slaughter Doty, an accomplished horsewoman who knows the show world well, has written a taut, hard-hitting story combining accurate details on training horses with a provocative, often shocking look at the professional world of horse competition. As Cindy narrates the events of a remarkable summer, horse-lovers as well as novices will be captivated by a thrilling sport and empathize with this rugged young girl as The Crumb draws to an electrifying climax.
"A wry, witty look at life with the Dallas Cowboys during the heyday of Tom Landry and Roger Staubach, The Crunch shows the real life that makes legends and lacerates the Cowboys mechanistic corporate image, revealing a world that is both more and less than we expect, yet funnier than we could image." --Peter Gent, author of North Dallas Forty "More characters than War and Peace. More laughs than Laugh-In. . . . A pro football classic!" --Frank Luksa, The Dallas Morning News
Philip Wylie's enthralling tales of saltwater fishing have been entertaining readers of the Saturday Evening Post since 1939. Captain Crunch Adams, skipper of the charter boat Poseidon , and his friend and partner Des Smith adventure high and low in the waters of Florida, coming face to face with big fish and bigger personalities along the way. Featuring 22 of Wylie's best Crunch and Des stories, this is a delightful compendium of every thrill fishing has to offer. These beloved adventures include: "Widow Voyage" "Light Tackle" "Fifty-four, Forty and Fight" "The Way of All Fish" "The Affair of the Ardent Amazon" "Smuggler's Cove" And more favorite classics!With each Crunch and Des story selected by the author's daughter, these tales begin a journey of saltwater nostalgia, marine adventure, and warmhearted personalities that will last far beyond the last page.
Lauren's life is topsy-turvy. She won't admit she's got a crush on Patrick, her coach. Lately, though, the whole family has been busy with her mom's campaign for city council. Mom and Dad hardly seem to have time for anything else - they're even hinting that Lauren's too busy for gymnastics. It's just not fair! Will Lauren's parents make her give up gymnastics-and Patrick?
In this gripping first-person account, former Olympian Eric LeMarque recounts a harrowing tale of survival--of eight days in the frozen wilderness, of losing his legs to frostbite, and coming face-to-face with death. But Eric's ordeal on the mountain was only part of his struggle for survival--as he reveals, with startling candor, an even more harrowing and inspiring tale of fame and addiction, healing and triumph. On February 6, 2004, Eric, a former professional hockey player and expert snowboarder, set off for the top of 12,000-foot Mammoth Mountain in California's vast Sierra Nevada mountain range. Wearing only a long-sleeve shirt, a thin wool hat, ski pants, and a lightweight jacket--and with only four pieces of gum for food--he soon found himself chest-high in snow, veering off the snowboard trail, and plunging into the wilderness. By nightfall he knew he was in a fight for his life...Surviving eight days in subfreezing temperatures, he would earn the name "The Miracle Man" by stunned National Guard Black Hawk Chopper rescuers. But Eric's against-all-odds survival was no surprise to those who knew him. A gifted hockey player in his teens, he was later drafted by the Boston Bruins and a 1994 Olympian. But when his playing days were over, Eric felt adrift. Everything changed when he first tasted the rush of hard drugs--the highly addictive crystal meth--which filled a void left by hockey and fame. By the time Eric reached the peak of Mammoth Mountain in 2004, he was already dueling demons that had seized his soul. A riveting adventure, a brutal confessional, here Eric tells his remarkable story--his climb to success, his long and painful fall, and his ordeal in the wilderness. In the end, a man whose life had been based on athleticism would lose both his legs, relearn to walk--even snowboard--with prosthetics, and finally confront the ultimate test of survival: what it takes to find your way out of darkness, and--after so many lies--to tell truth... and begin to live again. From the Hardcover edition.
What do Dizzy Dean, Catfish Metkovich, John Boccabella, Bill Buckner, Mark Prior, and Kevin Hart all have in common? They all wore number 22 for the Chicago Cubs, even though seven decades have passed between the last time Dizzy Dean buttoned up a Cubs uniform with that number and the first time reliever Kevin Hart performed the same routine. Since the Chicago Cubs first adopted uniform numbers in 1932, the team has handed out only 71 numbers to more than 1,100 players. That's a lot of overlap. It also makes for a lot of good stories. Cubs by the Numbers tells those stories for every Cub since '32, from 1930s outfielder Ethan Allen to current ace Carlos Zambrano. This book lists the players alphabetically and by number, but the biographies help trace the history of baseball's most beloved team in a new way. For Cubs fans, anyone who ever wore the uniform is like family. Cubs by the Numbers reintroduces readers to some of their long-lost ancestors, even ones they think they already know.
Intrigue, danger, chess, and a real-life hoax combine in this historical novel from the author of The Shakespeare Stealer Philadelphia, PA, 1835. Rufus, a twelve-year-old chess prodigy, is recruited by a shady showman named Maelzel to secretly operate a mechanical chess player called the Turk. The Turk wows ticket-paying audience members and players, who do not realize that Rufus, the true chess master, is hidden inside the contraption. But Rufus's job working the automaton must be kept secret, and he fears he may never be able to escape his unscrupulous master. And what has happened to the previous operators of the Turk, who seem to disappear as soon as Maelzel no longer needs them? Creeping suspense, plenty of mystery, and cameos from Edgar Allan Poe and P. T. Barnum mark Gary Blackwood's triumphant return to middle grade fiction.
Curious George loves a good windy day. There are many things he can practice flying-like a kite. Now if only he doesn't get too carried away! This early reader explores the concepts of flight and experimentation.
Play ball! George is going to watch a baseball game. One curious little monkey in one big stadium makes for one exciting day at the ballpark!
Play ball! George is going to watch a baseball game. One curious little monkey in one big stadium makes for one exciting day at the ballpark!
When the man with the yellow hat brings George to the beach, George finds plenty to keep himself occupied. He plays with his ball, pretends to be a lifeguard, and discovers some very hungry seagulls! When George and his friend Betsy decide to feed their new feathered pals, George realizes he's without lunch, and that his picnic basket has floated away with the tide! Only a heroic rescue will save the basket, and George knows just what to do. In saving the basket, he also helps his friend Betsy overcome her fear of the ocean. This paperback edition now includes a word game featuring beach vocabulary, a spot-the-difference activity, and a picture comparison brain-teaser.
George and the man with the yellow hat enjoy watching the winter sports competition. When they stop to warm up with some cocoa, George's curiosity about the racing equipment leads to some wild rides up and down the slopes. He creates quite a stir at the resort, and may even create a new sport!
George and the man with the yellow hat enjoy watching the winter sports competition. When they stop to warm up with some cocoa, George's curiosity about the racing equipment leads to some wild rides up and down the slopes. He creates quite a stir at the resort, and may even create a new sport! The adventures of Curious George continue in an all-new series beginning in fall 1998 with eight new stories. Written and illustrated in the style of Margret and H. A. Rey, the books appear in paperback (8 x 8") and hardcover editions and feature the art of Vipah Interactive, the animators of HMI's Curious George CD-ROMs.
Curious George has a playdate at a park designed for children of all abilities, perfect for his new friend, Tina, who uses a wheelchair. While they are playing together, Tina spots some kids playing her favorite game: basketball. George jumps right into the action, but Tina is too shy to ask to join. George suspects Tina is just as good--even better--than the other kids. Can he come up with a way to show the players she's got game and help her overcome her shyness? This story celebrates how kids of all abilities can play together!
Curious George is helping Professor Wiseman train for a race, but she thinks running is boring. Can George find a way to show her that running is fun before the big race?
Curious George and the man with the yellow hat are planning on taking a ride in a hot air balloon, but as George climbs in, he releases the rope tethering the balloon to the ground. George and his friend, Bill, float away with the man with the yellow hat racing after them. Will they continue going higher? Or will George and his curious ways help them get back to the ground? Includes a pinwheel (wind direction) activity and hot air balloon to color and label.
With the Winter 2006 Olympics bringing Canada our first gold medal in curling, the sport's popularity is at an all-time high in this country, and its international presence is growing. In the five years since the publication of the first edition of Curling For Dummies, Canadian attendance at curling tournaments and viewership of televised curling has skyrocketed. Twenty new nations have joined the World Curling Federation.Curling's profile isn't the only thing that's changed since the first edition was published -- so too have the game's rules, equipment, and technique. Profiles of players, listings of television coverage and events, and memorable curling shots also need to be updated for the second edition. As the most comprehensive and up-to-date book available, Curling For Dummies will remain the ultimate curling book, for fans, players, and coaches.
It's all here. If you are into masochism, you can relive again the ground ball through Buchner's legs or the innumerable almost but not quite experiences of the Boston Redsox since that fateful day in 1919 when the owner traded away the greatest baseball player of all time, Babe Ruth. The writing is excellent and the history is fascinating. This is very highly recommended.
Author Paul Hagen tells the story of how Curt Schilling of the Philadelphia Phillies developed into one of baseball's best pitchers. His success did not come easy, as he had to deal with off-the-field problems and being traded several times. As Hagen writes, Schilling turned his once difficult life as a professional athlete into league-leading strikeout totals, All-Star Game appearances, and the chance to pitch for the Phillies in the World Series.
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