The StoneArchBooks blog has an awesome Q&A with Sean Tiffany.
"Sean Tiffany has illustrated dozens of Stone Arch Books' Jake Maddox Sports Stories, including Free Throw, Storm Surfer, BMX Bully, and Board Rebel (and many more!). Here, he answers questions from the Stone Arch Books staff."
At MarketMyWords, Shelli has an amazing interview with Alan Gratz, author of The Brooklyn Nine.
At TheHappyNappyBookseller, Doret takes a look at The Brooklyn Nine. I can't believe I haven't read this book yet, but it's definitely been on my list!
"This is the story of the Schneider family told through nine innings of baseball. Nine innings nine generations. Their story begins in 1845 with 10 year old German who immigrates to Brooklyn, NY. The Schneider's, (down the line daughters are born and the last name changes) loves the game of baseball, it's in their blood. The nine Schneider's all get three chapters (at bats) to tell their story. It was easy for me to lose myself in this novel. Yes, its partly because I love baseball but Gratz has created fully developed characters. A lot of research went into this novel. From the baseball stand point, as the decades past, the rules of baseball as we known today are flushed out."
Thanks to Doret's link, I can also share that TheReadingZone also reviewed The Brooklyn Nine.
"Gratz does a great job of telling each individual’s story and pulling you into their life. Baseball is a part of each character’s life whether they are a spectator or player. I love that Gratz includes female fans and players as some of the main characters because I have a hard time finding sports books for girls sometimes. I think that The Brooklyn Nine will appeal to boys and girls alike for this reason."
At WriteforaReader, Shelly takes a look at Freckleface Strawberry and the Dodgeball Bully: A Freckleface Strawberry Story.
"This is just a cute book for kids. The bonus is that it deals with a very serious issue, in a fun way, bullying. Every kid, at some time in their life, has dealt or will deal with bullying in school. As a teacher, I see it every day, and there aren't alot of books out there, to show kids that bullies can be dealt with, and usually very easily. . .All children have imagined/pretended playing monster, so they get this. Now, not many of the kids today have played dodgeball because most schools don't allow it. I know, it's sad. But kids can relate to playing some game in PE or at daycare where they were hurt."
At YABookNerd, Jennifer takes a look at The Geek Girl's Guide to Cheerleading.
"Bethany and Moni are almost humiliated when they show up to cheer at a wrestling match and no one else for the team is there. Instead of giving up, the girls cheer through the match, though it's hard when you don't understand the rules of wrestling. But that match just might have gotten them noticed by two super-hot guys. Now they're both dating boys, but also trying to navigate through the waters of high school without being attacked by a shark."