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The Stone Soup Book of Sports Stories

by Stone Soup

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Stone Soup is the international literary magazine and website publishing writing and art by young people under the age of 14. Founded in 1973, we have published more creative work by children than any other publisher, selecting the very best from thousands of submissions every year.The stories and poetry in this volume were written by authors between the ages of eleven and 13, selected for publication in Stone Soupmagazine. Since its beginning in 1973, Stone Souphas published art, poetry, and short fiction springing from the imaginations of young writers and artists. Much of that creativity is focused on activities that challenge or bring pleasure to their lives; it's no surprise that sports tend to be a recurring theme.Through sports, the authors featured in this collection explore all sorts of ideas. Many of the subjects are exactly what you might expect from stories about sports: how it feels to win or to lose, whether alone or as part of a team; who gets picked to play (and who doesn't); how competitiveness might express itself, and what that might mean for a friendship. Through surfing, baseball, soccer, swimming, diving, rock-climbing, and more, these stories reveal the pleasures of excelling at something, of overcoming adversity, of trying one's best and still needing to try harder, and the closeness that can come from participating in or supporting a sporting endeavor. Join our young writers to experience the highs and the lows of the mental and physical exertion that sports represent.… (more)
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I enjoyed this book of short stories, and was happy to add it to my classroom library. It was meaningful that the stories had been written by young authors, and I am happy to use a select few with students as read alouds. I was a little disappointed with the layout/font of this edition - I don't feel that it makes for an easy independent read for my students.
  MsZReadz | Mar 31, 2020 |
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I love how Stone Soup gives a voice to children and their creativity. These stories reflect some amazing talent and some future bestselling writers in the making. I enjoyed reading them. Thanks to LibraryThings Early Reviewer's giveaway for the chance to read and review this book. ( )
  PrettyTarantula | Jun 6, 2019 |
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Written by young people aged 9-13, these sports stories and poems are raw and heartfelt—tales about everything from soccer to snowboarding to surfing. Not simply about “who wins and who loses,” these short stories focus on belonging, the patience of friendships, disappointment, redemption, imagination, competition, selfless sportsmanship, and much more.

This book is PERFECT for teachers of grades 5-8, because the works provide mentor texts for narrative writing...written by STUDENTS! Of course, these stories aren’t without flaws, and they shouldn’t be. They’re written by kids, for kids, and I cannot wait to show my 6-8 students examples of their peers’ published works. I plan on using some of the stories as foundations for my own students to build upon the writing in front of them, rework sentences and endings, and basically construct their own skills as authors.

Below, I’ve listed a few of the stories that I will be using in my classroom:

“Falling Trees and Riddles”: I love how this story highlights achieving goals for your own sake, even with “no witnesses” to “flash [a] well-deserved score” (31). The author makes an allusion to the old riddle, “If a tree falls in the forest, but no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?” The character stretches her gymnast skills, grows on her own, and answers the riddle for herself: “The tree hears it. The tree knows” (31).

“Twenty-Six”: This has a fabulous lead, and strong descriptive and metaphorical language; the main character achieves twenty-six pull-ups “like meeting the same stranger you met yesterday on the road” (26). This is also a good one to workshop using the same tense throughout.

“Racing”: This is a fabulous mentor text for modifier phrases (“‘OK!’ she says, itching to start” and RICH imagery (39)!

“The Real Winner”: I teach in Hawaii, so I love the surfing stories in here! This story about sisterhood has strong imagery, conflict, and dialogue. (“Sun streamed though Miranda and Sydney’s bedroom, sending buttery streaks over the sleeping girls” (44)).

“Daydreamer”- A short story about an active swimmer with an even more athletic imagination, this one starts with a beautiful descriptive lead: “Splash! A clap of water crashes to my cheek” (50).

“Moonbeams to Eternity”: This author began with the line “Sixty surfers sat like giant black spiders, fangs bared, waiting to strike out and take one wave” (57). How ominous and competitive! A great mentor text for imagery and figurative language! Listen to how pretty this line is: “A wall of seaglass dances toward me” (58).

“Somersault”—This is a short-and-sweet snapshot of boogie boarding, and I’d have my students workshop a different ending.

“Mystery Girl”: This is a good story through which you can have your students practice adding dialogue. ( )
  audreytay | Jun 4, 2019 |
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My almost 9 year old grandson is a little too young for this one. He is currently into the graphic novels, so I read it. It has a good variety of stories and they are interesting, I would think ages 10-12 would probably enjoy them. I will hang onto it and try it again when he gets a little older. Sports stories are always a good way for kids to learn about sportsmanship, playing on a team, etc. ( )
  pennyvert | Jun 4, 2019 |
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Review: This is an anthology or say collection of short stories of 47 extra ordinary children stories whose passion for the sports reaches heights of level not only there passion, there dedication, there honesty, there love, there dream there fall, there rising, there believe, there fan moment, there never give up moment, there restart of moment, there reincarnation moment, there fight moment, there regret moment and the feeling of being a part of not a team but of family, sports include, soccer, American football (rugby) , softball, baseball, swimming, canoing, rock climbing, athletics, gymnastics, basketball, ice skating, ice hockey, football. All the stories
Told us that legends are not made in a day, it take time to be the one and here the children stories upto age of 13 shows all the above said things for there dedication towards there sports and one must support them for that thing.
One must read this and it will inspire many who read it and they will love the experience of learning.

Some stories broke my heart when i come know that some good players not able to compete in there sports for rest of the lifes due to injuries, and that was painful to bear for anyone, who truly was involved in the game and respect the game but one mistake that took them away from the game is most disturbing thing. Especially the baseball game where one got hit on head, and the another baseball player who can't play because his age and he stand for the honesty of game ( )
  kanwarpal_singh | Jun 1, 2019 |
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Stone Soup is the international literary magazine and website publishing writing and art by young people under the age of 14. Founded in 1973, we have published more creative work by children than any other publisher, selecting the very best from thousands of submissions every year.The stories and poetry in this volume were written by authors between the ages of eleven and 13, selected for publication in Stone Soupmagazine. Since its beginning in 1973, Stone Souphas published art, poetry, and short fiction springing from the imaginations of young writers and artists. Much of that creativity is focused on activities that challenge or bring pleasure to their lives; it's no surprise that sports tend to be a recurring theme.Through sports, the authors featured in this collection explore all sorts of ideas. Many of the subjects are exactly what you might expect from stories about sports: how it feels to win or to lose, whether alone or as part of a team; who gets picked to play (and who doesn't); how competitiveness might express itself, and what that might mean for a friendship. Through surfing, baseball, soccer, swimming, diving, rock-climbing, and more, these stories reveal the pleasures of excelling at something, of overcoming adversity, of trying one's best and still needing to try harder, and the closeness that can come from participating in or supporting a sporting endeavor. Join our young writers to experience the highs and the lows of the mental and physical exertion that sports represent.

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