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
The book Athletic Shorts by Chris Crutcher is jam packed with six short stories of athletes’ lives filled with tragedy, comedy, and the challenges of being a teenager, each of them leaves you wanting more. They all take place in different places, but they all seem the same. All of the stories are about teenagers going through their early struggles. All of them take place in small towns where sports are everything. I have chosen my favorite one to go into depth about. Although it was a very hard ...more
Have you ever wanted to relate to someone or something? If you are athletic, a teenager, or an athletic teenager, then the chances are you might relate to one of these awesome short stories in “Athletic Shorts” by Chris Crutcher. Each of these fun exciting shorts tell a story with a different theme and moral. Among these many morals young boys Angus, Johnny, Petey, Lionel, Jack, and Louie have to overcome many feats. These include embarrassing familie ...more
How much can one person struggle? In the compelling novel by Chris Crutcher, Athletic Shorts tells six different stories about six different struggling teens. Johnny, Angus, Lion, Petey, “Telephone man”, and Louie all have their own difficult life stories. Although none of the boys’ lives intertwine, they all have one thing in common; they need help. As they investigate the hardships of life, the boys struggle to find out who they are and what they stand for. ...more
That said, three of the stories are excellent: the first story, upon which the movie Angus is based, about a plus-size teen with gay parents who is named prom king; and the two ...more
In typical Chris Crutcher fashion, he tackles racism, bigotry, homosexuality, weight issues, and about everything else teens deal with in a straight-forward, non-preachy way. Some of these stories star characters from his previous novels, so it's fa ...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 “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