Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Sports Illustrated Has Lively 'Year in Sports' Just for Kids

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Sports Illustrated Has Lively 'Year in Sports' Just for Kids

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Byline: Brandy Hilboldt Allport, Times-Union staff writer

Statistics and trivia fanatics will drool over the lists of all-star rosters, championship game recaps, notable achievements and more in Sports Illustrated Kids: 2005 Year in Sports (Scholastic Reference, $9.95; ages 7 and older).

The book includes biographies of great athletes, past and present. Also, besides traditionally covered sports such as football, baseball, golf, tennis, swimming, soccer and hockey, it also covers "action sports." That's where you will find surfing, snowboarding, mountain biking, wind surfing, wake boarding and street luge.

The 17 color photos of great moments include skateboarder Ryan Sheckler at Slam City Jam, the first stop on the 2003 Vans Triple Crown tour. He was 13 years old, the youngest action sports athlete to win a professional contest.

The title, 2005 Year in Sports, is odd, though. All the information is a compiled from 2003-2004 seasons. Writing a 2005 book for publication in December 2004 would require a crystal ball.

NEW KIDS BOOKS ON THE BLOCK

Award-winning author Maya Angelou has some new titles to add to her list of published books. The series, called Maya's World, offers a look at different cultures around the globe. It's for children ages 5 to 9. The first four titles are Angelina of Italy, Izak of Lapland, Mikale of Hawaii and Renee Marie of France. The 24-page paperbacks are $3.99 each from Random House.

FROM THE PAGE TO THE SCREEN

The Anybodies by Julianna Baggott was one of the best-selling books of 2004, and executives at Nickelodeon Movies and Paramount Pictures noticed. They recently announced their acquisition of the rights to the tale. Baggott, an assistant professor of creative writing at Florida State University, writes the books under the pen name N.E. Bode.

The Anybodies chronicles the adventures of 11-year-old Fern Drudger, who has the rare ability to change forms. Because she was switched at birth, she must contend with tribulations of living with a dull, normal family. Plus, there is Fern's nemesis, an evil magician who wants to steal the manual that holds the key to Fern's powers. …

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