Series: Team Spirit - Pro
Copyright Year: 2010
Grade level: 3-6
Subject: Sports, Hockey
Accelerated Reader Reading Level: 5.6
Accelerated Reader Quiz #: 132606
Lexile Level: TBD
Binding: Library Hardcover
Primary BISAC: JNF054070
Secondary BISAC: SPO020000
Each title in the series focuses on a sports team with all the major sports leagues being represented. Each book gives a broad background of the team, current starts, stats and how the team embodies in a well illustrated format. Includes a timeline, glossary, places to go, websites, related books, and index. Other teams included in the series include The Chicago Blackhawks, The New Jersey Nets, The Oklahoma City Thunder, The Pittsburgh Penguins, and The Toronto Maple Leafs.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Book Buzz, August 2011
The books in the Team Spirit series provide both fans and newcomers to the game with a solid resource for team histories, focusing on key players, momentous matchups, home courts and uniforms, and the unique qualities that have helped define the spirit of each franchise. The Golden State Warriors documents the team’s long history and different homes, from Philadelphia to California, and works in the fact that the Warriors have showcased some of the best shooters in the history of the league, most notably Wilt Chamberlain. The New Jersey Nets covers the team’s highlights (back-to-back NBA finals appearances in 2002 and 2003) and lowlights (letting go of Dr. J when they merged into the NBA from the ABA) and makes a case for playing together as a team. The Orlando Magic describes the team’s up-tempo style of play and focuses on the relatively new franchise’s 1995 and 2009 trips to the NBA finals (an unfortunate goof claims that the span was 24, not 14, years), paying special attention to such marquee players as Shaquille O’Neal and Dwight Howard. The books are endowed with plenty of high-energy photos of court action and feature two separate glossaries, one for basketball terms and another for vocabulary not related to the game. The broad array of back matter also includes a time line, fun facts, lists of telling quotes and additional resources, and a primer on the rules and conventions of basketball.
Booklist, February 1, 2010