Have you heard rumblings about Rat City Rollergirls? Did you want to get involved somehow but felt you were too young? That’s why Seattle Derby Brats, Rat City’s junior roller derby team, exists: To bring competitive roller derby to younger generations and continue to build the sport.
Seattle Derby Brats’ New Skater Camp starts in July, but registration is already filling up fast. Here’s how you can find out how to register if you’d like to get involved: Seattle Derby Brats.
SDB provides a inclusive environment for teen girls. I can honestly say that the supportive and dedicated members of the derby community, skaters and adults alike, have changed my life for the better.I would encourage everyone to get involved in some way.
Summary: Helped by his father to be a star player, football is the only thing that has ever really mattered to Mick Johnson, whose dedication and hard work can get him a spot on the varsity team his freshman year, then tries to hold onto his edge by using steroids, despite the consequences to his health and social life.
Gut reaction: My favorite book of all time.
Why: As an athlete this touches my heart. If you thought steroids make better athletes, then get ready to change your mind. The story never bores you whether the scene is a football game or a simple conversation with Mick and his father.
Who would like this book: People who like football. And reading about the struggles of an athlete.
Author and former basketball player Kareem Abdul-Jabbar will read from his second book in the Streetball Crew series, Stealing the Game, from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 19 at The Seattle Public Library, Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave., Level 1, Microsoft Auditorium.
Library events and programs are free and open to the public. Tickets and reservations are not required. Parking is available in the Central Library garage for $6 after 5 p.m. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m.
Stealing the Game is a fast-paced story for tweens(ages 8-12) about teamwork, friendship and dark secrets. The book tackles issues like building self-esteem, celebrating one’s individuality and what it means to feel special. “Stealing the Game” also features teenagers who act like teenagers by debating zombies and falling in love while watching classic French movies.
Abdul-Jabbar is a retired basketball player named one of the 50 greatest players in NBA history. After his retirement, he wrote nine New York Times bestsellers on topics as varied as World War II, the Harlem Renaissance, and the impact of African-American inventors. The first book in his Streetball Crew series is Sasquatch in the Paint.
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.
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.
Born 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.