Basketball on the bookstand Book Nook

Just for kids

March 12, 1998|By Devin Rose | Devin Rose,Chicago Tribune

Some new books prove sports can be poetry in motion (on a scale of four stars):

Kids with hoop dreams should take a shot at "Fast Breaks" ($3.50 paperback, Scholastic), a slam-dunk new b-ball series. We devoured "WNBA Superstars" by Molly Jackel and Joe Layden, which featured nine superstars, from favorites Lisa Leslie and Rebecca Lobo to women-you-oughta-know Haixia Zheng and Michele Timms. We especially liked the part where Sheryl Swoopes swooped down on MJ in a mean game of one-on-one and nailed him with a foul. ****

We also made quick work of "Dynamic Duos" by David Moore. It was a blast to read about teammates who develop a special relationship on and off the court. (The whole Karl Malone-John FTC Stockton friendship is a cool, odd-couple sort of pairing.) ***

"Another Way to Dance" by Martha Southgate ($4.50 paperback, Delacorte Press) is as graceful and powerful as its heroine. Fourteen-year-old Vicki Harris lives and breathes ballet. So when she is accepted to the summer program at New York's School of American Ballet, she is psyched - and scared. ***

Pub Date: 3/12/98

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