Athletic Shorts; 6 Short Stories
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. Th...more
This short story collection serves as my introduction to Chris Crutcher as an author.
These stories are easy to read despite dealing with social situations and moral dilemmas: self-esteem, reaction to death and dying, prejudice and discrimination, or family relationships.
I must admit that I experienced some discomfort reading the social slurs that Crutcher so breezily makes use of in “The Telephone Man.” In the prologue to the story he says that he “has fears in writing about racism [but:] that...more
*Crutcher, C. (1989). Athletic Shorts. New York: Greenwillow Books.
*Selected from catalog. School Library Journal Review below.
*Athletic Shorts is a dynamic collection of 6 sports related short stories by Chris Crutcher.
All with male main characters that experience a sport as an important part of their lives, these stories are complete portrayals that show growth or change. Angus Bethune is chagrinned at having the name of a cow, particularly since he is the size...more
Crutcher, C., (1991). Athletic shorts: six short stories. New York: Greenwillow
Genre: Short Stories
Selection process: Morning, T., Jones, T. E., Toth, L., & Fleishhacker, J. (1991). Athletic shorts: six short stories (Book). School Library Journal, 37(9), 278.
As the title implies this collection of short stories uses athletics as its unifying theme. Using realistic situations Crutcher tells about common difficulties in the lives of his characters that teens will find familiar....more
I liked this book, it was more of a quick read that would appeal especially to boys.
This book consists of six short stories that are based off of true encounters by the author Chris Crutcher.
The stories are centered around sports, wrestling in particular. They also deal with pressures boys have by their parents to be the best in athletics. We meet characters such as Johnny who has an overbearing father who belittles him and his mother. His father, Cecil B. Riv...more
What I also appreciated was the quality of the structure of the stories. Crutcher himself said, “The short-story form forced me to be precise beyond what had been required before, and the process gave me invaluable lessons in word and idea economy (Athletic Shorts, p. 4).”
Cormier’s I am the Cheese, which I read a month or so ago, has an outstanding novel structure. M.H. Ab...more
By the way, how do elementary school teachers do it? If I had to listen to 20 summarized plots of books from R.L. Stine, Judy Blum...more
In Athletic Shorts, Chris Crutcher writes six different about six different characters dealing with death, love, bigotry, their coming of age, and them understanding themselves better. Each story uses sports as a medium to discuss these really huge themes.
I absolutely adored this book. Each story unravelled extremely important things, like lea...more
In “A Brief Moment in the Life of Angus Bethune” an overweight teen struggles with unpleasant peers at the school dance partly because both his parents are in happy homosexual relationships....more
Though sports-themed, not all the stories a...more
This collection of short stories reveals what a talented writer Chris Crutcher is. A wide range of...more
That's not to say I didn't find...more
In the first chapter, Angus Bethune deals with a lot of stereotypes in his life. First off, he is a little overweight and is quite often picked on for that. To t...more
"A Brief Moment in the Life of Angus Bethune" echoes this message from my former teacher loud and clear. Throughout this short story, I could not help b...more
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