Winning Words (Hardcover)

Sports Stories and Photographs

By Charles R. Smith Jr.

Candlewick, 9780763614454, 80pp.

Publication Date: July 8, 2008

List Price: 17.99*
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With their fast-paced narration and dynamic, dramatic photos, these stories are guaranteed to pump up confidence no matter what your sport of choice.

Brian can’t get a hit at bat until Coach reminds him to turn off his brain and get into the zone. Gillian loses her nerve on the high beam after hearing the crunch of another gymnast’s fall, until the girls cheer her on, and she handsprings away from the sound in her head. From saving a disastrous football season to sharing the glory on the girls’ soccer field, from a solo punch in karate to thrilling teamwork on the basketball court, these riveting stories and inspirational quotes capture a striving for personal best — and the exhilaration of mastering your fears.

About the Author

Charles R. Smith Jr. is the author of HOOP QUEENS, HOOP KINGS, and TWELVE ROUNDS TO GLORY: THE STORY OF MUHAMMAD ALI, illustrated by Bryan Collier. He also wrote and illustrated RIMSHOTS: BASKETBALL PIX, ROLLS, AND RHYTHMS, among other titles. He lives in Poughkeepsie, New York.