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Title:
Women of sports ; the best of the best in tennis
Author:
Rutledge, Rachel.
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
Brookfield, Conn. : Millbrook Press, [1998]

©1998
Physical Description:
64 pages ; 24 cm
Summary:
Discusses the past and future of women's tennis and presents biographies of eight of the sport's most famous players: Lindsay Davenport, Steffi Graf, Martina Hingis, Anna Kournikova, Mary Pierce, Aranxta Sanchez Vicario, Monica Seles, and Venus Williams.
General Note:
Includes index.
Language:
English
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 7.4 2.0 28930.
ISBN:
9780761313038

9780761304456
Format :
Book

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Lackawanna Library GV994.A1 R88 1998 Juvenile Non-Fiction Biography
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An introduction to women's tennis is followed by a brief history which focuses on some of the sport's past stars and pioneers. Each of eight chapters features an athlete with information on her early on her early life, how she got to where she is today, her athletic accomplishments, quotes from her and about her, a tip or playing technique, statistical charts, and, most important, a defining moment in her athletic career. Featured athletes are Lindsay Davenport, Steffi Graf, Martinia Hingis, Anna Kournikova, Mary Pierce, Aranxta Sanchez Vicario, Monica Seles, and Venus Williams. The final chapter of the book will look at the future of the sport and identify some up-and-coming stars.


Summary

An introduction to women's tennis is followed by a brief history which focuses on some of the sport's past stars and pioneers. Each of eight chapters features an athlete with information on her early on her early life, how she got to where she is today, her athletic accomplishments, quotes from her and about her, a tip or playing technique, statistical charts, and, most important, a defining moment in her athletic career. Featured athletes are Lindsay Davenport, Steffi Graf, Martinia Hingis, Anna Kournikova, Mary Pierce, Aranxta Sanchez Vicario, Monica Seles, and Venus Williams. The final chapter of the book will look at the future of the sport and identify some up-and-coming stars.


Reviews 4

Booklist Review

Gr. 4^-7. The Women in Sports series is an excellent example of the heights series nonfiction can attain, and Rutledge scores points for her crisp, involving writing. She begins with a history of a sport, showing how women were there from the inception. She then goes on to profile today's hottest players in a way that is both informative and inspiring (and without fawning). Lots of dynamic color photos, including a full-page one of each woman, will attract immediate interest. Thankfully, sidebars (stats and personal information) are kept to a minimum, allowing the layout to remain uncluttered, so attention can be focused on the writing. See the Series Roundup, this issue, for titles on soccer and figure skating. --Ilene Cooper


School Library Journal Review

Gr 5-7-Rutledge profiles eight stars in each sport. The athletes are all accorded exactly six pages and three full-color photographs; boxed insets contain personal information, career highlights, and a quote. While both titles stress overcoming obstacles on the path to success, Tennis is the livelier of the two. It includes candid discussions of the troubled family relationships that seem to be endemic in big-time tennis. An example of the sometimes pithy style is this description of the mother of 1950s star Maureen Connolly: "[She] became the first in a long and unpleasant line of pathetic, overbearing tennis parents." While students doing more than a cursory report on any of these individuals will require supplementary materials, these attractively packaged and well-written books should find a ready audience among the growing number of youngsters following women's professional sports.-Richard Luzer, Fair Haven Union High School, VT (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Booklist Review

Gr. 4^-7. The Women in Sports series is an excellent example of the heights series nonfiction can attain, and Rutledge scores points for her crisp, involving writing. She begins with a history of a sport, showing how women were there from the inception. She then goes on to profile today's hottest players in a way that is both informative and inspiring (and without fawning). Lots of dynamic color photos, including a full-page one of each woman, will attract immediate interest. Thankfully, sidebars (stats and personal information) are kept to a minimum, allowing the layout to remain uncluttered, so attention can be focused on the writing. See the Series Roundup, this issue, for titles on soccer and figure skating. --Ilene Cooper


School Library Journal Review

Gr 5-7-Rutledge profiles eight stars in each sport. The athletes are all accorded exactly six pages and three full-color photographs; boxed insets contain personal information, career highlights, and a quote. While both titles stress overcoming obstacles on the path to success, Tennis is the livelier of the two. It includes candid discussions of the troubled family relationships that seem to be endemic in big-time tennis. An example of the sometimes pithy style is this description of the mother of 1950s star Maureen Connolly: "[She] became the first in a long and unpleasant line of pathetic, overbearing tennis parents." While students doing more than a cursory report on any of these individuals will require supplementary materials, these attractively packaged and well-written books should find a ready audience among the growing number of youngsters following women's professional sports.-Richard Luzer, Fair Haven Union High School, VT (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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