Famous athletes aren't always great role models, but a new young-adult book serves up some women who are. Yes, She Can, by Alburgh resident Glenn Stout, is the second in his Good Sports series. The volume includes five profiles of pioneering women of various sports, from Indy car driver Danica Patrick to English Channel swimmer Gertrude Ederle. Each piece presents a compelling look at how these strong women literally hurtled to overcome their obstacles. An interesting mixture of historical context, sports facts and personal information brings these women to vivid life on the page. Stout moved to Alburgh eight years ago with his wife and daughter and says he loves living in a place where he can write in his basement office, then walk up the stairs and be surrounded by nature. He has written sports biographies and also edits the Best American Sports Writing collection each year. Yes, She Can also gives young readers sources and resources for further reading, and Stout's website provides parent and teacher guides for the books. If you've got a budding sports enthusiast in your household, pitch this for a home run.
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