Athletic Shorts has ratings and reviews. Bonnie said: This short story collection serves as my introduction to Chris Crutcher as an author. 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 w. These six stories from acclaimed author Chris Crutcher are about athletes, but are not simply sports stories. Here he presents characters from some of his be.

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The reading level is a little difficult for reluctant readers and some of the older references will go over their heads some of crutcger went over my head! The man is dying of AIDS in the hospital and is very lonely, just looking for a friend.


As I read this book I felt motivated to work harder. This book is a fast read, but the material is not light. All of these boys learn from their beautiful but hard adventures. Sep 11, Elizabeth Harty rated it really liked it.

As the title implies this collection of short stories uses athletics as its unifying theme. Finally Lion throws himself out of his boat.

Too proud to stay away yet terrified to go, his problems are complicated by his secret love for the elected queen and by the fact that kids have always teased him because both his parents are gay. I can’t imagine the difference it made in Darren’s life, as no one ever wants to die alone. Louie, athleti main character, feels bad for him and spends time with him. Mar 07, Bonnie rated it really liked crutvher Shelves: This book is not for that sort of boy.

Although this book is qthletic it still applies today. Although Angus Bethune’s character is someone I feel not all teens could directly relate to physically and family wiseI do think that there are aspects of Angus that are relatable to everyone.


Athletic Shorts: Six Short Stories by Chris Crutcher

Man Eats Bisquick [s]. These include embarrassing families, excessively tough fathers, getting the girl, differences, and loss of close family members. On top of this Angus has been elected t Athletic Shorts is a compilation of six short stories all pertaining to the area of sports. Dec 11, Alexandra Doucette rated it it was amazing. Trivia About Athletic Shorts: Lists with This Book.

In the compelling novel by Chris Crutcher, Athletic Shorts tells six different stories about six different struggling teens.

While poor Petey gets shoved into the problem of a teen boy fighting with a girl, read how these two settle both their problems in an amusing and mutually satisfying way.

I really enjoyed Chris Crutcher’s short stories and was glad to know that they came from the characters and situations that he wrote in some of his previous novels. From bullying, to finding out your friends has AIDS, to learning your best friend killed your family, athletci kids have it rough. He has a smart mouth and a quirky sense of humor that his father does not approve of and punishes him by giving him workouts to do that are supposed to make him a stronger and better wrestler.

Lionel has to overcome the death of his family.

Athletic Shorts: Six Short Stories

These Athletic Drutcher will speak to YAs, touch them deeply, and introduce them to characters they’ll want to know better. I chose both of these quotes because I think they most clearly represent the crucial themes of this book. I think this book shows that athletes are normal people and deal with drama in their lives just like everyone else. Why was this book banned?

The book consists of six short stories, each about a different person. In the fi The book Athletic Shorts: The next years of his life are filled with friends chtis him, living on his own, swimming his hardest to get the images out of his head, and hating the kid who killed his family, Neal.


The person telling the story is Angus. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys drama and is interested in sports. Critcher, to a student who may be dealing with something that they could relate to one of the main characters in one of the stories. In the first short story, Angus is the main character. This story takes place at a school.

The fifth story is about a boy who has a short temper. Secondly of all his parents are extremely, embarrassingly perverted. School Library Journal Review below. All of the stories are about teenagers going through their early struggles.

Father-son, male-female competitors, popular-unpopular are all scenarios explored in this book and there is a lot of emotion and enlightenment that happens as well.

For one he is overweight, towering over the other athlrtic in both height and weight. Quotes from Athletic Shorts: Several stories are interesting examinations of racism and bigotry. I wanted to get better at, athlegic only sports, but things in general. Man Eats Bisquick [s] 8 67 Feb 18, Aug 02, David Paul rated it really liked it. It comes from everywhere, when his family dies, when he has to live on chrks own ahletic a rundown apartment, when Neal starts to destroy himself and Lionel stands and watches.

Please provide an email address. I really enjoyed this book. His family is also a little different than his classmates, and is another reason his often teased and picked on.