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Betty Hicks is the author of I Smell Like Ham and Animal House and Iz, as well as Out of Order and Busted!, which are both available from Square Fish. She's been praised for her works for older readers, now she turns her talents to chapter books for younger kids. She lives in Greensboro, North Carolina.Adam McCauley is the illustrator of the successful middle-grade fiction series, The Time Warp Trio by Jon Scieszka and Louis Sachar's Wayside School books.

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"With McCauley's expressive spot illustrations accompanying Hicks's breezily simple text, this series will be a great stepping-stone for reluctant or new readers, easily introducing topical issues with its blend of humor and sports. A real score!" --Kirkus Reviews"In this promising start for the Gym Shorts series, Hicks finds just the right balance between story line, play-by-play action, and wry humor. . . . Nearly every double-page spread includes a droll illustration by McCauley, the illustrator of Scieszka's Time Warp Trio series. A winner for young sports fans." --Booklist"Hicks's new Gym Shorts series opens with two amusing, easy-to-read sports books for girls and boys. With enough technical jargon to keep aficionados happy and plenty of humorous subplots to appeal to the more casual sports enthusiast, these two books are just the thing for newly independent readers. . . . A great start to a promising series." --The Horn Book"McCauley's illustrations have a childlike quality, giving the impression that the characters themselves doodled in their school notebooks. These titles are ideal for easy chapter-book readers who aren't quite ready for Matt Christopher or Mike Lupica." --School Library Journal

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