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Girls got game : sports stories and poems
Macy, Sue.
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Henry Holt & Co., 2001.
Physical Description:
152 pages ; 22 cm
A collection of short stories and poems written by and about young women in sports.
Reading Level:
850 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 5.6 6.0 50631.

Reading Counts RC 6-8 6.1 10 Quiz: 25812 Guided reading level: NR.
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PS509.W63 G57 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Millions of girls are now running, swinging bats and shooting hoops. Here's the first young readers' anthology of new fiction that tells their stories. "Girls Got Game features a new breed of heroines who are not afraid to sweat. Young athletes will see themselves in these stories; their mothers will wish they'd had books like this when they were growing up." - Sue MacySue Macy, author of three popular nonfiction books on women in sports, has gathered the best fiction writers and poets to describe the in-the-moment experiences of the millions of girls who are now competing. Here's the first anthology to describe being on the field the way girls are enjoying it today - as a regular part of their lives that is allowing them to compete, to excel, to feel their own power and potential, and to face defeat and emerge stronger for the next contest. From basketball to soccer, tetherball to swimming to horseback riding, Girls Got Game breaks new ground. This all-star lineup of authors and poets includes Virginia Euwer Wolff, Jacqueline Woodson, and Sue Macy herself in her fictional debut, creating a book that is a great read, as well as an affirmation of what girls are doing every day.

Author Notes

Jacqueline Woodson was born in Columbus, Ohio on February 12, 1963. She received a B.A. in English from Adelphi University in 1985. Before becoming a full-time writer, she worked as a drama therapist for runaways and homeless children in New York City. Her books include The House You Pass on the Way, I Hadn't Meant to Tell You This, and Lena. She won the Coretta Scott King Award in 2001 for Miracle's Boys. After Tupac and D Foster, Feathers, and Show Way won Newbery Honors. Brown Girl Dreaming won the E. B. White Read-Aloud Award in 2015. Her other awards include the Margaret A. Edwards Award for lifetime achievement in writing for young adults, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and the 2018 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award. She was also selected as the Young People's Poet Laureate in 2015 by the Poetry Foundation.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Gr. 6-9. Nine American women authors, including Virginia Euwer Wolff and Jacqueline Woodson, were invited to contribute original short stories about girls playing sports to this collection. Their contemporary realistic fiction mixes with a smattering of poetry sharing the leitmotiv of athleticism. The most successful stories offer engaging characters, artistically plotted action, and strong literary voices, and many of the selections, while featuring sports, are "about" other matters: first love, fitting in at school or within one's family, and other issues of early adolescence. Along with traditionally organized team sports, the sports chosen by the characters include synchronized swimming, tetherball, horseback riding, and stickball. All of the authors have other works in print suitable for this age group, and each story's endnote describes the writer's relationship to sports both as a girl and as a woman. --Francisca Goldsmith

Publisher's Weekly Review

In Girls Got Game, edited by Sue Macy, 13 authors, including Virginia Euwer Wolff and Jacqueline Woodson, share their stories and poems on sports from stickball and football to tetherball and horseback riding. Short bios finish off the selections and highlight each of the authors' personal athletic accomplishments. ( Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

Gr 6 Up-A collection of 18 original short stories and poems by women about girls and sports. The lineup of authors includes heavy hitters such as Virginia Euwer Wolff and Jacqueline Woodson as well as some lesser-known talents. The "games" these sports enthusiasts write about cover the gamut from softball and basketball to horseback riding, track, soccer, and synchronized swimming. Their stories deal with gender issues, competition, sibling rivalry, overcoming fear and loneliness, and striving to succeed. Biographical sketches appended to each selection give the athletic histories that helped inspire the stories. This earnest and high-minded anthology can be dipped into or devoured in one sitting; however it is read, it should empower girls and guide them along their paths toward becoming strong, independent women.-Victoria Kidd, Gwinnett County Public Library, Lawrenceville, GA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.