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Book Title: Athletic Shorts: Six Short Stories|
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The size of the: 29.81 MB
The author of the book: Chris Crutcher
Date of issue: 1991
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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 basic lessons are best taught by reflecting the truth…[People:]…think kids should not be exposed in print to what they are exposed in their lives.” I accept his argument on that point.
My favourite story, written in 1991, and the final story in this slim volume, is “In the Time I Get”, a story about AIDS. By the time I read this, I had no doubt absorbed Chris’ style, and developed an appreciation for each lesson he wished the reader to learn in each story. The ending of the story found me closing the cover of the book with a tear in my eye.
I can see this book being used in high schools as a motivator for reluctant readers, male or female. I should also note that the title does not entirely reflect the content of the stories: sports are certainly a part, but the bigger issues are at the heart of Crutcher’s stories. So, whether the student is a jock or not is immaterial.
Adults may find these stories worthwhile reading. I would also recommend this book to anyone wanting to write short stories, especially stories with a definite beginning, middle and end. I found it refreshing to read short stories with clear endings.
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Read information about the authorChris Crutcher's writing is controversial, and has been frequently challenged and even banned by individuals who want to censor his books by removing them from libraries and classrooms. Running Loose and Athletic Shorts were on the ALA's top 100 list of most frequently challenged books for 1990-2000. His books generally feature teens coping with serious problems, including abusive parents, racial and religious prejudice, mental and physical disability, and poverty; these themes are viewed as too mature for children. Other cited reasons for censorship include strong language and depictions of homosexuality. Despite this controversy, Crutcher's writing has received many awards.
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