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Biography of Legendary Race Horse Seabiscuit

seabiscuitTitle:  Seabiscuit: An American Legend

Author:  Laura Hillenbrand

Summary: This book takes a look at the life of Seabiscuit, one of the legendary race horses of all time.  This book is non-fiction but feels and reads like an extremely well written novel. Hillenbrand goes through the life of Seabiscuit and his career as a racehorse.  Not only does the biography of Seabiscuit tell the story of Seabiscuit, but it also tells the story of the jockeys and owners.  From the training of Seabiscuit to the low-tier races, and from the low-tier races to the high stakes championship races, the biography is action-packed and incredibly heartwarming.

Why I Started Reading: Biographies narrated as stories appeal to me, so when I saw this book, I picked it up and decided to start reading.  Even though this book is fact-heavy, the story never stops moving forward, and the reader is always looking forward to the next story about Seabiscuit or the trainers/owners.  Consider this as a biography of one of history’s most famous sports “players”.

Why I Kept Reading: The narration is exquisite and the description of each race is so thrilling that you could hear the crowd thundering and cheering at each race. The details and facts are accurate and well researched, all adding to the flow of the story.  Although I have never raced horses or attended a horse race, this book explained the details of each race clearly such that I was able to envision every single detail.  In addition, one thing that makes this book great is that it doesn’t only focus on Seabiscuit, but also tells the stories of Seabiscuit’s jockeys as well, and delves into the precarious life of a jockey.

Six Word Recap: Biography of Legendary Race Horse Seabiscuit.

–Matthew, Lake City, Teen Blogger


5 Books for the Teenage Runner

As summer comes along, it signifies to most teens the end of school’s agonizing workload and heralds a new, brief era of laziness and freedom. To others, it is not the end of their struggles, but the beginnings of a new one: summer running. How one could drag themselves through the blistering heat for miles on end is beyond some people. These books, however, may help you delve into the runner’s mind and learn about what compels them. Perhaps they’ll even encourage you to start going out for brisk, summer jaunts! For runners, these can and hopefully will give you some much-needed motivation to help you push past any laziness or despair you feel in the face of your daily run or workout. Those who’re already gifted with the drive to hit the trails everyday will also benefit from these books’ inspirations.

borntorunBorn to Run by Christopher McDougall
In Mexico’s Copper Canyons, there lives a tribe of Native Americans known as the Tarahumara. These people are renowned for their almost god-like endurance abilities that allow them to effortlessly run hundreds of miles without needing rest and free of injury. McDougall tracks them down in search of their secrets and in doing so, explores running’s history spanning back centuries across the globe. As McDougall discusses today’s ultra-running legends, what modern running shoes are really doing to us, and some of the most astounding feats of athleticism this world has seen, Born to Run is an engaging and intriguing read.


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Book Shorts : A Million Little Pieces

Title: A Million Little Pieces

Author: James Frey​

Summary:  Based on a true story, Frey writes about his experience with drug and alcohol addiction. He spends 6 months in a popular rehabilitation, known to be successful in healing their patients. He writes of his journey towards resistance to drugs and alcohol, and learning to care for himself. In his journey he becomes closer to his family by being honest and communicating with them more often. He also falls in love with a girl named Lilly at the rehab center, although relationships there are forbidden, and together they help each other heal.

Interesting Fact: James Frey wrote this book to be a true story about his own life, but he was caught lying, as for some parts are made up and of other peoples’ lives.

I started reading it because… It was often spoken about when referring to the Oprah Show, when she interviewed him about how much of the book was true. She became very upset that he had lied about the facts, and this made me curious to how good of a book it must be to make Oprah so angry.

I kept reading because… The book was written in a strange format and it was fun to read because it was different than others. I was also interested in the outcome of Frey’s addiction and his love affair.

Main character(s): If they were in a yearbook, they would be voted: Most stubborn, never does anything unless he has the personal want or need.

Six Word Recap: A long journey of self healing.

This book reminded me of …  A book called Beautiful Boy, because it’s another story I have heard of about drug and alcohol addiction.