Sports literature spans multiple genres—from fast-paced adventures, to biographies of sports heroes, to tales of underdogs overcoming the odds among others. Libraries and readers alike can benefit from a resource that organizes fiction and nonfiction titles according to their primary appeal features. This useful reference features reading lists of sports-oriented titles written by talented authors that are cataloged by character, story, setting, mood, and language. The lists are perfect for advising readers, creating thematic reading lists for library websites, and as plans for those who enjoy reading about athletic pursuits. The authors include fascinating notations for books that became films, as well as a resource list of websites and links to articles relating to sports fiction.
• Features interests and topics that defy traditional library classifications, such as "against the odds," "great coaches," and "high school athletics"
• Integrates fiction and nonfiction sports titles into read-alike lists based on the appeal features of story, character, language, mood, and setting
• Includes books that feature extraordinary life stories, dramatic events, and cautionary tales, all written by accomplished writers
Craig A. Clark is a member of the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) Collection Development and Evaluation Section (CODES) Reading List committee. He received his master's degree at Kent State University.
Richard T. Fox was librarian at Cuyahoga County Public Library and Cleveland Public Library, a past member of the RUSA CODES Sophie Brody medal committee for outstanding achievement in Jewish literature, and former chair of the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award for Cleveland Public Library.