CAREERS OFF THE FIELD SERIES. MASON CREST.
Coaching & Scouting. By James Buckley. 2015. 64p. illus.
$23.95 (9781422232675); e-book, $29.95 (9781422285251).
Health Careers in Sports. By Michael Burgan. 2015. 64p. illus.
$23.95 (9781422232682); e-book, $29.95 (9781422285268).
Sports Arena & Event Management. By Jim Gigliotti.
2015. 64p. illus. $23.95 (9781422232668); e-book, $29.95
Sportswriting and Sports Photography. By John Walters.
2015. 64p. illus. $23.95 (9781422232736); e-book, $29.95
For kids whose dream jobs revolve around athletics, especially
those who realize they won’t be star players, the Careers off the
Field series presents a variety of opportunities in closely related occupations. Readers will learn about the nature of these fields, their
challenges, potential rewards, educational requirements, and how to
break into them. Besides presenting a focused overview of related
professions, each volume offers close-ups of individuals working
in the sport and uses quotes to bring their points of view into the
discussion. The writing is generally clear, and color photos appear
throughout the books. Although Coaching would have benefited
from closer editing, it clearly differentiates among various levels of
coaching and deals head-on with the thorny issue of women in the
field. Health introduces the work of sports surgeons, psychologists,
physical therapists, and team psychologists. Besides discussing the
educational requirement and demands of the jobs, Burgan includes
pay ranges. In presenting the challenges of running athletic venues,
Sports Arena profiles the public-events manager at a large university
arena. Offsetting dismal news about layoffs in sports journalism,
Sportswriting includes upbeat quotes, anecdotes, and practical advice
Also recommended from this series:
from experienced writers and photographers. Appealing topics and
informative discussions make this series an attractive choice for ca-
reer assignments. —Carolyn Phelan
• Analytics: Sports Stats & More (9781422232651).
• Sports Agent (9781422232705).
• Sports Media Relations (9781422232644).
ENGINEERING WONDERS SERIES. ROURKE. GR. 3–6.
Bridges. By Joanne Mattern. 2015. 48p. illus. $35.64
(9781634304191); paper, $9.95 (9781634305198); e-book,
$35.64 (9781634306102). 624.
Great Wall of China. By Carla Mooney. 2015. 48p. illus.
$35.64 (9781634304184); paper, $9.95 (9781634305181);
e-book, $35.64 (9781634306096). 951.
Pyramids of Egypt. By Shirley Duke. 2015. 48p. illus. $35.64
(9781634304153); paper, $9.95 (9781634305150); e-book,
$35.64 (9781634306065). 722.
Skyscrapers and Towers. By Shirley Duke. 2015. 48p. illus.
$35.64 (9781634304160); paper, $9.95 (9781634305167);
e-book, $35.64 (9781634306072). 720.
Although bridges, the Great Wall, pyramids, and skyscrapers are
marvelous feats, the titles in the Engineering Wonders series show
how these structures began more as problems to solve than the visions
of beauty they became. Filled with accessible text and a plethora of
colorful examples from around the world, the individual books address the topic at hand rather than conform to a cookie-cutter series
template. Bridges offers the similarities and differences among six types
of bridges, including suspension, truss, and cantilever, in addition to
important factors to consider—primarily weight—when building a
bridge. Great Wall of China describes its symbolism and changing construction under numerous emperors as well as the difficulties, most
notably death, during different phases of construction. Pyramids of
Egypt explains the purpose of these structures and the meticulous engineering achieved with ancient tools. Skyscrapers and Towers presents
materials and design techniques used to counter such forces as wind
speed, gravity, and weight to make these buildings structurally sound,
along with sustainable designs that allow them to be built higher
and higher. Sidebars throughout relate interesting facts and ideas to
consider, while a concluding time line, glossary, list of websites, and
comprehension questions reinforce the content. An inspiring blend of
history and STEM. —Angela Leeper
Also recommended from this series:
• Stadiums and Coliseums (9781634304177).
• Tunnels (9781634304207).
EXTREME SPORTS SERIES. BELLWETHER. GR. 3–6.
Big Air Skateboarding. By Thomas K. Adamson. 2015. 24p.
illus. lib. ed., $24.95 (9781626172722). 796.22.
BMX Racing. By Thomas K. Adamson. 2015. 24p. illus. lib.
ed., $24.95 (9781626172746). 796.622.
Motocross Freestyle. By Thomas K. Adamson. 2015. 24p. illus.
lib. ed., $24.95 (9781626172753). 796.7.
Motocross Racing. By Thomas K. Adamson. 2015. 24p. illus.
lib. ed., $24.95 (9781626172760). 796.7.
Bold color photographs of daredevil moves are sure to entice readers
to the books in the Extreme Sports series. Using minimal text (two to
three sentences per page), each volume introduces readers to what the
featured sport is, its history, the necessary protective gear, and how
competitions work—including point systems and the type of course
each sport uses. Big Air Skateboarding describes many of the tricks that
can be done on a MegaRamp, on which skaters can go as fast as 55
mph. BMX Racing shows the hills and tight turns riders must navigate
during a bicycle motocross race. The illustrations in Motocross Freestyle
are particularly impressive: riders are shown doing flips on their mo-