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School Library Journal - 04/01/2020 Gr 3–6—Get ready to get weird! The history and rules of these sports are discussed in depth in this series. Each requires its own unique equipment, like the skates used for roller derby and the frisbees used for ultimate frisbee. Some of these sports are older, but Quidditch is fairly new, having started in 2005 when some college students and Harry Potter fans wanted to bring the wizarding world's favorite game into the real world. Colorful photos make each game seem exciting and energetic. Pickleball notably shows people of many ages and with different levels of physical ability, marking it as the only title in this series that discusses ability. These are well-written guides to lesser-known sports that could encourage the possibility of invention. VERDICT Great first purchases if your shelves in these sections are bare. - Copyright 2020 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.
Booklist - 04/01/2020 Inspired by J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series, two Middlebury College students formed a muggle quidditch club in 2005 and adapted the sport for non-magical folks. Though players can’t fly, they must straddle brooms. Beaters wield the three bludgers (dodgeballs), while chasers attempt to throw the quaffle (volleyball) through one of three hoops guarded by the keeper. The snitch, a runner unaffiliated with either side, tries to evade both teams’ seekers. The sport rapidly spread, and today the International Quidditch Association organizes the World Cup and continental championships in alternate years. The book’s clean, simple page design showcases the many colorful action photos. The text presents a quick, useful overview of the game’s basic rules and history. From the Greater World of Sports series (6 titles), a good first introduction to quidditch. - Copyright 2020 Booklist.