Athletic Shorts has ratings and reviews. Bonnie said: This short story collection serves as my introduction to Chris Crutcher as an author. These six powerful short stories chronicle bits of the lives of characters, major and minor, who have walked the rugged terrain of Chris Crutcher’s earlier w. These six stories from acclaimed author Chris Crutcher are about athletes, but are not simply sports stories. Here he presents characters from some of his be.

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These six stories from acclaimed author Chris Crutcher are about athletes, but are not simply sports stories. Here he presents characters from some of his best—loved novels, as well as creating some unforgettable new personalities, in tales of love, death, bigotry, heroism, and coming of age.

Paperbackpages. Published November 5th by Greenwillow Books first published January 1st Michigan Library Association Thumbs Up! To whorts what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Athletic Shortsplease sign up. Why was this book banned? See 2 questions about Athletic Shorts…. Lists with This Book. Chhris 07, Bonnie rated it really liked it Shelves: This short story collection serves as my introduction to Chris Crutcher as an author.

These stories are easy to read despite dealing with social situations and moral dilemmas: The ending of the story found me closing the cover of the book with a tear in my eye. I can see this book being used in high schools as a motivator for reluctant readers, male or female.

I should also note that the title does not entirely reflect the content of the stories: So, whether the chis is a jock or not is immaterial. Adults may find these stories worthwhile reading. I would also recommend this book to anyone athlstic to write short stories, especially stories with a definite beginning, middle and end. I found it refreshing to read short stories with clear endings.

One of my favorite young adult authors, Chris Crutcher writes realistic stories about realistic people with realistic problems. He always writes intelligently and with a sense of humor while simultaneously depicting his characters sympathetically.

This collection of short stories is great for people who enjoy realistic fiction, but don’t want to read a longer book. Short stories are also great for when you don’t crutchre time for a whole novel – you can read a story in one sitting, and if you don’t One cruthcer my favorite young adult authors, Chris Crutcher writes realistic stories about realistic people with realistic problems.


Short stories are also great for when you don’t have time for a whole novel – you can read a story in one critcher, and if you don’t happen to get back to the book for some time, you haven’t forgotten all the details that will help you pick it up again. Readers who have already read some of Crutcher’s work crktcher probably recognize characters and settings, as he tends to set his stories in the same geographical area.


Feb 28, Marvin rated it liked it. Apr 22, Susan added it. School Library Journal Review below. All with male main characters that experience a sport as an important part of their lives, these stories are complete portrayals that show growth or change. Angus Bethune is chagrinned at having the name of a cow, particularly since he is the size of one. Not only that, but he must often defend both of his parents who are gay while also being a star football player in a school community that feels somewhat hostile to him.

Two other stories describe the intense physical training and the discipline of cutting weight in order to make a certain weight cruthcer for cruther wrestling chriw. One tale is about an abusive father who is finally beaten by his son in a wrestling match. Another is about a high school junior cleverly addressing the humiliation of having to wrestle a champion who is a girl. Several stories are interesting examinations of racism and bigotry.

In one a high school graduate football player is faced with his shorrs of a homosexual coworker at his summer job. While none of these stories are directly about sports, athleticism is an important defining characteristic for these realistic portrayals. Chris Crutcher briefly immerses the reader into intense experiences that will satisfy teens and make them want more. Some of the characters from Crutcher novels pop up in these stories, often speaking in a colloquial and realistic first-person voice.

As the title suggests, athletics are part of the selections; and Crutcher, as usual, is best at accurately portraying the world of high school teammates and coaches–readers crutcjer practically smell the sweat. In the first story–a monologue by a fat guy who manages to keep his dignity-the author seamlessly blends humor with more serious elements. Crutcher’s fans expect almost operatic flights of emotion, and he more than delivers here.

The short story format keeps the action focused and definitely chrid a punch. The final entry, a gritty, no-holds-barred account of cbris fear surrounding AIDS, is especially effective. These Athletic Shorts will speak to YAs, touch them deeply, and introduce them to characters they’ll want to know better.

Athletic Shorts by Chris Crutcher

Six Short Stories Book. School Library Journal, 37 9 Sep 30, Kellie Wagner rated it really liked it Shelves: Chris Crutcher achieved what he wanted within this book.

It is composed of short stories, and some of them are continuations using the characters from other books. Of course I want to read all of the other books now to totally understand chrks characters.

Another aspect of the book that I appreciated was the prelude to each story. Crutcher provided why he chose to write that particular story, or who encouraged him in the writing process for that story.

It was interesting to be in an author’s pre Chris Crutcher achieved what he wanted within this book. It was interesting to be in an author’s prewriting thoughts picking plots and character names.

Athletic Shorts: Six Short Stories – Wikipedia

There are six different stories within this book. Although the characters deal with athletics, it’s really a secondary conflict in all of their lives. The characters each face something much more serious including: Snorts goes to show stories within stories. Even within a short story, Crutcher writes in a way that shows such character growth within teens.


In the story about a friend with AIDS, the main character, Louie, grows tremendously from a friend afraid to be near the AIDS victim to learning a lesson about living a full life. Angus-a fat kid always bullied and ready to take his stance. Petey Shroshrire and his father who wrestle each other in front of the student body and parents in an effort to show more than just the best wrestler.

Petey and Chris Byers who are scheduled to wrestle each other this school year. Chris Byers is a female wrestler and Petey is afraid to forfeit but also afraid of losing. Lionel Serbousek and Neal were best friends.

Neal is the cause of the death of Lionel’s parents and brother during a boating accident. Louie lost his girlfriend in a prior Crutcher book, and in this story he deals with his new friend and coworker, Darren, an AIDS victim.

This book is a fast read, but the material is not light. Crutcher takes serious issues head on and doesn’t ignore the fact that teenagers deal athletiv death, love, loss, disease, and even worse. May 05, Marcia rated it it was amazing. Marcia Vining Crutcher, C.

Short Stories Selection process: As the title implies this collection of short stories uses athletics as its unifying theme. Using realistic situations Crutcher tells about common difficulties in the lives of his characters that teens will find familiar.

He uses humor to help make sense of the problems as well as giving voice to characters that struggle with their environment, their families and mostly themselves. Crutcher’s collection of short stories hits the mark on a number of levels. Although this book is older it still applies today. Teens still struggle with many of the same issues dealt with in the stories.

This book chhris a way forward; a path to hope and a reassurance that teens can survive this time of their lives. This is a message that young people today still need to hear athletif that Crutcher is able to offer without being preachy or unrealistic.

Highly recommended for libraries to keep on the shelf. Jul 07, Leftbanker rated it it was amazing Shelves: This was yet another book chosen for me solely on the strength of the narration by the late, great Frank Muller. There is an underlying sweetness to all of these tales that makes you wish that life could be this simple and good and that stuff like wrestling, swimming, and running actually count athltic something. Mar 12, Logan Erdmann rated it really liked it.

I really enjoyed this book. I would recommend it crutcyer high school students who are interested in sports. The book shows the troubles that some athletes face, whether it was pressure from their parents to perform or if they were dealing with loss of a close friend.