May 26, 2011

Driven from Within by Michael Jordan

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This book was a pretty good book. I liked how it talked about what it takes to make it far in a pro sport. Michael Jordan was a very good athlete all around. He excelled in basketball and in baseball. Most people know him as a person with good sportsmanship and a lot of discipline. I picked this book because basketball is a pretty cool sport to know a lot about. The book also teaches you the basics and more about basketball.

– Andrew, Class of 2014


January 24, 2011

Summer Ball by Mike Lupica

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This book is about a 13 year old basketball player who goes to a summer basketball camp in Maine. Danny and a few of his friends travel to Maine for a summer long basketball camp. What he didn’t know is that some of his old rivals from travel league would be there as well. This book is a fast paced book for any sports lover.

– Jesse, Class of 2014

January 20, 2011

Heat by Michael Lupica

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Heat is a book about a twelve year old boy named Michael from Cuba.  His dream it to pitch in the Little League World Series.  Michael can throw 80 miles per hour.  When he is questioned for his birth certificate he has no way to come up with it.  His mother died from cancer at a young age and his father died from a heart attack. Whenever his coach asked where his dad it Michael lies and says hes taking care of his uncle in Florida.  Michael and his brother Carlos are living in an apartment trying to keep their secret save until Carlos is 18.  If child services finds out that they are living alone they could be sent back to Cuba.  When an opposing coach makes a petition to get Michael kicked out of the league, he has nothing to show that he is really twelve.  Michael’s idol is the New York Yankees pitcher El Grande. El Grande  has a daughter who has been watching Michaels baseball games.  Michael experiences his first real crush on her.  Once El Grande hears about Michael and his situation he gets in contact with people back in Cuba to find his birth certificate. Michael’s team ends up making it to the championship game and he finally gets to see Yankees Stadium.

Ryan G., Class of 2014

The WHS Library owns Heat in audio.

January 11, 2011

Dustin Pedroia: Born to Play

Posted in book review tagged , , at 6:11 pm by blueblazeslib

This book is about Dustin Pedroia in his early days before he made it to the Red Sox. He grew up way out in Woodland California. He also attended Arizona State. There is where he found his wife that he still has to this day. This book is mostly about every experence he had that had to do with baseball. He gives alot of info about his days at the Red Sox and what he does everyday before the game and alot more. If you are a baseball lover than this is a book you shouldn’t pass up.

– Alex G., Class of 2014

January 5, 2011

Slam by Walter Dean Myers

Posted in book review tagged , , at 3:48 pm by blueblazeslib

Gregory “Slam” Harris is a talented basketball player, but he has lots of obstacles to overcome. He also has many choices to make in his life, but has help from his girlfriend, Matisha, his teachers, and his family. Slam is planning to play for a college team but he has trouble with his academics. Slam wants to show everybody what he is capable of doing and thats what drives him on.

I recommend this book to any teenager who loves basketball. This book shows the hardships that most teenagers go through. This book also shows with hard work, and the right influences you can accomplish your dream.

Aquoi, Class of 2014

January 4, 2011

My Turn at Bat by Ted Williams

Posted in book review tagged , , , at 1:35 pm by blueblazeslib

The story ” My turn at bat ” is a great story for kids and or  people who are interested in baseball and or biography’s. In this story Ted Williams, the author and a great baseball player, tells his life as he played in the MLB. He reflects on his managerial career and the state of baseball and the players today.

The story tells his child hood days in San Diego, his military service, and also all the years he played baseball. This book really could have been a metaphor for something that doesn’t even have to do with the game of baseball but this book has to do with baseball.  Ted Williams is the only man to hit .400 in a season in this time period. This story is great because it tells the story through his eyes and what he sees on and off the field. So if u like story’s like that I recommend this book. It’s not to hard to read but I would say that kids 13 and up should read this book to fully understand it.

– Zac W., Class of 2014

The WHS Library owns My Turn at Bat.

December 15, 2010

Allen Iverson: Fear No One by John N. Smallwood

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I loved the way this book was set up and the way the author wrote it. He told Iverson’s life story in a great way.

Iverson’s natural athletic talent (he began his high school athletic career as a star quarterback and led his high school to the state football championship his junior year) and his determination allowed him to excel in basketball and be recruited for a basketball scholarship by Georgetown University. His decision to skip his junior and senior years at Georgetown, motivated by his sister’s seizures, becoming a father, and questions of eligibility and questionable gift giving was a difficult one that propelled Iverson into the wild, professional world of the NBA.

This would be a great book for grades 8-12 readers. This book would be good to read in small group situations, reading portions of the book together and discussing issues. Students could identify Iverson’s personal and professional struggles.

– Andrew, Class of 2014

The WHS Library owns this book.

May 7, 2010

Friday Night Lights by H.G. Brissinger

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This book is about a small town and their football team. The team just hired a black coach with very few black players. The coach has a divided team and has to unite them. He takes them up to a camp where they have to learn to work together.When they come back they are no longer accepted and have to win to get the town back on their side and have to learn to accept the whole team.


The WHS Library owns Friday Night Lights.

May 6, 2010

The Assist by Neil Swidey

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the assist was a really good book and it really motivated me to try hard in all I do. I am fortunate I do not live in a place like these kids grew up in. It is a story about high school boys that deal with their problems on the court and off the court in their ghetto neighborhoods.

Kevin G., Class of 2013

Visit The Assist website.

January 19, 2010

Becoming Manny by Jean Rhodes and Shawn Boburg

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Becoming Manny is the incredible story behind one of the greatest baseball sluggers of all time. Manny Ramirez ranks seventeenth in career home runs and eighth in career slugging percentage.  Becoming Manny examines Manny’s life through the lens of larger issues such as mentoring and immigration, while also telling the story of a great career. Manny has excited the baseball world for years now with his amazing hitting and his “weird” approach to life and to the game.  This book is a really good book because it tells the story of Manny’s life.  I am a Red Sox fan and I think that this book is a good read for any sports fan.  This is probably the second fastest book I have ever read.  It tells about Manny growing up and going from the Dominican to New York as a kid .  It tells about him being drafted by the Indians and his career with the Sox and then leading up all the way to LA.  He has had a few people in his life to look up to but he does not really trust a lot of people he said and surprisingly his parents rarely ever went to any of his games.  If anyone likes baseball I would recommend reading this book

Anthony, Class of 2011

Becoming Manny is available in the WHS Library.

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