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The Olympic Games Are Almost Here

July 26, 2012

Whether you’re an athlete, a sports fan, or maybe you don’t really follow sports at all, you know you’ll probably be watching at least some of the 2012 Olympic Games. It will be hard to escape the constant coverage, but it’s going to be nearly impossible to not get caught up in the enthusiasm for the Games.  And guess what, we’ve got some Olympic Games titles to share with you here at RAoR – fiction and non-fiction sure to entertain and fill in any blanks about the history of “The Games”.

Hour of the Olympics Magic Tree House #16 by Mary Pope Osborne

The youngest Olympic Games enthusiast or fan of the Magic Tree House series can travel back to Ancient Greece for the first ever Olympic Games. This was a  time long ago when girls weren’t allowed in to view the games, quite a shock for our contemporary heroes. Annie tells Jack to go in without her so he won’t miss out, but he suspects she’s up to something. Will Annie get the duo into trouble this time? Read and find out.

Ancient Greece and the Olympics y Mary Pope Osborne & Natalie Pope Boyce

In the Fact Tracker companion to MTH #16 Hour of the Olympics our authors give us the facts to go along with the fiction. After their trip back to the Olympic Games in Greece Jack and Annie and their readers had a lot of questions: What did the Ancient Greek people wear? Where were the games held, how are today’s games different from the original games?  Filled with up-to-date information, photos, illustrations, and fun tidbits from Jack and Annie, the Magic Tree House Fact Trackers are the perfect way for kids to find out more.

Rush for the Gold: Murder at the Olympics by John Feinstein

He’s back with a fifth sports-themed mystery and John Feinstein hits a home run with this novel that has our favorite junior sports writers at the Olympic Games in London! Stevie and Susan Carol have always been good at solving mysteries but this time Susan Carol is not just a reporter, she’s also an olympic competitor. Susan Carol is a star swimmer and the media, agents and sponsors are all swarming around her. Stevie is fascinated and worried and a bit jealous of her athletic ability and all the attention Susan Carol is getting, but he also sees the dark side of high stakes competition, specifically how far some will go to win. Another terrific behind the scenes sports novel from Feinstein, and bonus! Rush for the Gold has been chosen as the July title for Al’s Book Club on The Today Show.

A Passion for Victory by Benson Bobrick

Benson Bobrick starts back in Ancient Greece, the birthplace of the first Olympic Games with a compelling narrative filled with historical events and peppered with anecdotes and profiles of athletes. So much more than just the facts, there are even some funny stories in this comprehensive and truly readable history of the Olympic Games. Bobrick is a master at letting the reader know that the Olympic Games aren’t just about the athletic prowess but also about the human beings, their own stories and their part in history.

Swifter, Higher, Stronger by Sue Macy

For a great look at the history of the games through the 2008 Olympics this is the book for you. Filled with charts and records, as well as fun facts and anecdotes from the most recently completed Olympic Games.  Swifter, Higher, Stonger paints a dramatic and fascinating picture of the Summer Games. Absorbing narrative and vivid photographs tell stories of tragedy, triumph, scandal, and of course, action from over a century of the modern games!

Freeze Frame by Sue Macy

If you can’t get enough of the Olympic fever with the Summer Games, this volume will give you a taste for the Winter Olympics! Freeze Frame features spectacular photo galleries in addition to a superb map of Winter Olympic sites, an insight into the coverage of new extreme Olympic sports, and a complete Winter Olympic Almanac, which includes quick reference information on each Olympiad.

Whether you’ll be participating in your own training or watching the Olympic Games from the edge of you seat, these books will keep you informed and entertained.

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