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In His Shadow

Reggie White passed away far too early in his extraordinary life, but left an indelible mark on the game of professional football. The former Philadelphia Eagles and Green Bay Packers defensive star was a dominating player who will live on in the memories of his fans everywhere. This year White posthumously receives the greatest honor a football player can achieve, induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. In the Shadow: Reggie White, My Father is written from the perspective of White’s son Jeremy, who reveals little-known and intimate details about his experiences growing up as the son of an NFL legend.

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Iggy Peck, Architect

DownloadIggy Peck, Architect A hilarious, irreverent book about doing your own thing Meet Iggy Peck—creative, independent, and not afraid to express himself! In the spirit of David Shannon’s No, David and Rosemary Wells’s Noisy Nora, Iggy Peck will delight readers looking for irreverent, inspired fun. Iggy has one passion: building. His parents are proud of […]

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The Flying Sportsman

When Peter Minto first discovered the name of F N S Creek, he began to unravel a forgotten legend of British football. He soon found that there was far more to this man than it seemed… When the First World War broke out, F N S Creek found himself battling in the squalid trenches of Flanders and soon transferred into the Royal Flying Corps performing dangerous aerial reconnaissance and bombing missions behind enemy lines, eventually earning a military cross for his contributions. Despite the short life expectancy of aircrew, Creek returned to England to study at Trinity College, Cambridge, and there he first discovered his talent for football. F N S Creek quickly grew to celebrity status with his spectacular scoring ability, earning caps for England and later going on to coach the Olympic team for sixteen years. Throughout his career he revolutionised the coaching of football throughout the nation whilst also becoming a successful cricketer, writer, journalist and broadcaster. In this extensively-researched biography of a forgotten legend of English football, Peter Minto presents the remarkable life of F N S Creek.

It Never Rains in Tiger Stadium

“The best sports book of the year.”
– Sports Illustrated

“John Ed Bradley says that all he ever wanted to do was to leave behind a pretty piece of writing. Here it is-a wonderful blend of honest introspection, passionate reporting, and superb storytelling. One of the best books I have read in years.”
– Jeffrey Marx, Pulitzer Prize-winning author, Season of Life

Inspired by a classic essay about a visit to a dying coach, It Never Rains in Tiger Stadium explores in gorgeous detail the inescapable pull of college football-the cocky smiles behind the face masks, the two-a-day drills, the emotionally charged bus rides to the stadium, the curfew checks, the film-study sessions, the locker room antics, and the yawning void left in one’s soul the moment the final whistle sounds. To understand why it’s so painful to give up the game, you must first understand the intimacy of the huddle. “It ends for everybody,” writes John Ed Bradley, “and then it starts all over again, in ways you never anticipated. Marty Dufresne sits in his wheelchair listening to the Tiger fight song…Ramsey Darder endures prison by playing the games over in his head…Big Ed Stanton never took up the game of golf, and yet he rides the streets of Bayou Vista in a cart nearly identical to Coach Mac’s, recalling the one time the old man invited him for a ride.” Far more than a memoir, It Never Rains in Tiger Stadium is a brutally honest, profoundly moving look at what it means to surrender something you love.

An Amazon Editors’ Best Book of 2007

“John Ed Bradley is a rare gem, a gifted writer trapped in the body of a football player. It Never Rains in Tiger Stadium will send chills down the back of anyone who loves the game and will echo in the minds of former players long after they’ve put it down.”
Tim Green, best-selling author and member of the College Football Hall of Fame

“A mesmerizing read…achingly sentimental in some parts, brutally truthful in others…”
– Chicago Tribune

“The best memoir I have ever read on how a particular game, win or lose, can linger with us.”
– Josh Levin, Slate

“An unsparing and often beautiful chronicle of [Bradley’s] attempt to join polite society.”
– Play Magazine

“A lyrical memoir…about his teammates, his coaches, his parents and the magnetic power of football in Louisiana.” – National Public Radio

“Heart-wrenching, honest, insightful and hard to put down.” – The Franklin Sun

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The Pout-Pout Fish

DownloadThe Pout-Pout Fish A NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLER Deep in the water,Mr. Fish swims aboutWith his fish face stuckIn a permanent pout. Can his pals cheer him up?Will his pout ever end?Is there something he can learnFrom an unexpected friend? Swim along with the pout-pout fish as he discovers that being glum and spreading […]

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Sayers

Four decades ago, Gale Sayers allowed his remarkable running ability on the football field to speak for him. Today, Sayers has a powerful and poignant message to pass along not only to athletes, but to everyone, and it’s a message straight from his heart. Sayers, who grew up in modest surroundings in Omaha, Nebraska, is the son of a car polisher and mechanic. After fielding 75 college scholarship offers, he selected Kansas, where he became an All-American halfback before being selected by the Chicago Bears in the first round of the 1965 draft. He later became the youngest man ever inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, at age 34. Tragically, a knee injury in 1968 cut short his spectacular career, which included an NFL-record six-touchdown effort against the San Francisco 49ers. The story of Sayers’s friendship with former Bears teammate Brian Piccolo, who died of cancer in 1970, was immortalized in the 1971 made-for-TV movie Brian’s Song, starring James Caan as Piccolo and Billy Dee Williams as Sayers. The loss of Piccolo helped Sayers put his life in proper perspective. He later realized his serious knee injury was just a minor blip on the screen when it came to life-and-death matters. Since leaving pro football, his enduring message to young athletes is to respect the game, give back to the community, and prepare for the future. Those are words he has lived by his entire life, and they make Sayers: My Life and Times one of the most compelling sports memoirs to come along in recent years.

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Happy Birthday to You!

Read OnlineHappy Birthday to You!“Today you are you! That is truer than true! There is no one alive who is you-er than you!” Since 1959, Happy Birthday to You!—Dr. Seuss’s joyous ode to individuality—has allowed readers to experience firsthand the thrill of celebrating a birthday as it is done in Katroo. Awakened by the Birthday […]

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Go Long!

In Go Long! Jerry Rice shares the inspirational lessons and empowering practices that have helped him attain success, both on the football field and off. Through the ups and downs of Rice’s life and incomparable career, we discover how self-motivation, determination, and humility are the keys to achievement and true fulfillment.

It’s been a long journey for Jerry Rice, from his childhood as a bricklayer’s son in Crawford, Mississippi, to a berth in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Along the way, Rice has been fueled by tireless effort and a belief in a few simple principles, among them that achievement is a voyage, not a destination; that modesty and perseverance, not talent, are what determine how far you will go; and that everyone should strive to be a role model. Rice even demonstrates these rules in action, breaking down the greatest games from his stellar career.

Go Long! is an inspiring book by a living sports legend. More than that, however, it is the story of how Jerry Rice awakened the champion within, illustrating how we, too, can unlock inner greatness.

“Rice was nobody’s fool as a player. He kept his tongue in check for most of his twenty-one-year career, understanding performance, not oratory, was his occupation. Now retired, Rice has taken the muzzle off [and] it is that persona which emerges from the book.”
–Press Democrat (Santa Rosa, California)