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Athletic Shorts: Six Short Stories av Chris…
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Athletic Shorts: Six Short Stories (utgåvan 2002)

av Chris Crutcher (Författare)

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A collection of short stories featuring characters from earlier books by Chris Crutcher.
Medlem:AmericaHouse
Titel:Athletic Shorts: Six Short Stories
Författare:Chris Crutcher (Författare)
Info:Greenwillow Books (2002), Edition: Reprint, 208 pages
Samlingar:Young Adult
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I didn't read this when I was growing up, I'm not even sure if I ever saw a Chris Crutcher book before I did a Banned Books display at work in college. I'm sure I did, but all I'm conjuring up are Matt Christopher books (which I avoided like the plague) and hearing the occasional oral report in class from a 'sports' book, which instantly made me turn off my attention.

I sort've wish I had read Chris Crutcher, and I'm not just saying that because of issues of homophobia or racism that he brings up, but because he is one of those few authors who can really get how teenagers think. Each story is prefaced with a little intro from Crutcher saying where he got his inspiration or which one of his novels the story is spun out of, and in those intros you get an even better sense of how much Crutcher understood the struggles kids can go through. Even better you knew, from the way he wrote, that he wasn't just somehow patronizing the kids who wanted to read about sports. This was stuff he really cared about.

I wasn't an athlete, never aspired to be one, but there is something universal about what Crutcher is writing about that anyone can appreciate. We've all been there.

The only real flaw I noticed was that he overstates his case with homophobia, paired with AIDS specifically, and racism. The last two stories about befriending a young gay man with AIDS despite deep prejudices and a story told from the perspective of a racist are heavy-handed. With AIDS especially, there needed to be that kind of activism and directness. These days (fortunately) the social climate has changed enough that those stories can be told with more nuance.

My favorite story though was "A Brief Moment in the Life of Angus Bethune". It's the only story that didn't stem from one of Chris Crutcher's novels and also inspired a movie that I had completely forgotten about (along with the rest of the world): 'Angus'.

Anywho, Chris Crutcher rises above the rest of the "sports books" crowd and, I hope, is still challenging kids to think and read and perhaps inject a little substance into their weekly book reports. ( )
  ManWithAnAgenda | Feb 18, 2019 |
This book is a collection of short stories based on characters from his previous stories. All of the stories have a sport included and all take place in, or near, Idaho. The topics included are a bit heavy - abuse, death, poor self-image - but are authentic. Clearly this is a book for older students, but topics are all relevant in the lives of teens. Some stories may be more relatable than others, but would be good discussion starters or writing topics. It would also be useful for discussing parts of literature - theme, main idea vs details, perspective, foreshadowing, etc. ( )
  gjgude | Dec 5, 2017 |
Like Richard Peck's short story collection, many of these are linked to Crutcher's novels. He begins each one with an author note, explaining the origin of the story. My favorite is Telephone Man, which, I think, is a testament to the power of tolerance to transform. It's beautiful. Hopeful. ( )
  KristinAkerHowell | Aug 15, 2015 |
Like Richard Peck's short story collection, many of these are linked to Crutcher's novels. He begins each one with an author note, explaining the origin of the story. My favorite is Telephone Man, which, I think, is a testament to the power of tolerance to transform. It's beautiful. Hopeful. ( )
  KristinAkerHowell | Aug 15, 2015 |
Contains 2 stories about gay athletes, the first in a young-adult book. These six powerful short stories chronicle bits of the lives of characters, major and minor, who have walked the rugged terrain of Chris Crutcher's earlier works. They also introduce some new and unforgettable personalities who may well be heard from again in future books. As with all Crutcher's work, these are stories about athletes, and yet they are not sport stories. They are tales of love and death, bigotry and heroism, of real people doing their best even when that best isn't very good. Crutcher's straightforward style and total honesty have earned him an admiring audience and made readers of many nonreaders. One need not have read Crutcher's novels to appreciate the young men within these pages. They stand proudly on the own.
  rschwed | Oct 5, 2013 |
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