From Publishers Weekly
Each of the 10 chapters in this exciting look at female athletes focuses on a woman or group of women who have accomplished incredible feats on the water, including seven women who rode three canoes 630 miles up the Back River to the Arctic Ocean; the eight-person U.S. crew that won a gold medal in rowing in the 1984 Olympics; the 83-year-old "matriarch" of rowing who still competes in at least two regattas a year; the first woman to paddle a canoe around the Baja Peninsula; and a hard-driving member of Martha's Moms, a group of competitive middle-aged rowers whose insignia is an apple pie and crossed oars. Freelance journalist Lewis offers just the right amount of straightforward explanation about the sports themselves so that even the uninitiated can follow the action. The book is more than a collection of individual stories however. As a whole it illustrates the importance of sports and convincingly portrays how identifying, training for and achieving a goal permeates the athlete's entire life with self-confidence. At the very least, as one of Martha's Moms remarked after trouncing a collegiate men's team, "It sure beats watching the grandkids."
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.
From School Library Journal
YA-- These easy-to-read biographies of some of the stars of water sports emphasize the tremendous strides women have made in athletics since the 1970s. The book not only explains the joys, trials, and mystique of each of the activities, but also profiles ten athletes who have made their mark on these sports from the first pioneers to today's Olympic champions. The world of rowing, kayaking, and canoeing is opened up to readers as Lewis describes the lives of such figures as Ernestine Bayer, Kris Karlson, and Valerie Fons.
Copyright 1993 Cahners Business Information, Inc.