Throwback Thursday: Winter sports

It snowed in New York City this week and Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow on Groundhog's Day. Winter's sticking around for awhile, so is it any surprise we have winter sports on our minds? This week in the Archive, Deimosa and I found some vintage titles featuring sports you can only play in the cold. 

Here are some titles published by Scholastic:

Hockey for Beginners by Kevin Walsh, 1976

This comprehensive, "how-to" guide is the perfect "coach" for beginning hockey players—designed to help you develop and sharpen your skills in all aspects of this exciting sport.

Avalanche by Arthur Roth, 1979

Chris and his brother Terry were just going out for a little skiing and a little hunting. The hungry coyote seemed an easy mark, but the echoing crack of the rifle sets off an avalanche, and Chris is buried alive under a mountain of snow. No one saw him go under. He is all alone. (description from Goodreads)

The Baby-sitters Club Little Sister #56: Karen's Ice Skates by Ann M. Martin, 1994

Karen got an early Christmas present from Granny and Grandad—new ice skates! Karen can't wait to try them out. There is only one problem. The ice on the pond is not ready for skating.

But Karen and her friends go look at the ice anyway. And before she knows it, something terrible has happened...

And here are some books Scholastic didn't orginally publish, but received the rights to publish for the school market (aka: through Scholastic Book Clubs):

Dynamite on Ice: The Bobby Orr Story by Hal Bock, 1972

Meet Bobby Orr, superstar of the National Hockey League. From Parry Sound, Ontario, where 12-year-old Bobby was first spotted by NHL scouts... to the Boston Garden, where at the age of 18 he joined the Boston Bruins whom he later led to the cherished Stanley Cup...

Dynamite on Ice is the complete and exciting story of Bobby Orr—Rookie of the Year—Bobby Orr—Most Valuable Player—Bobby Orr—Best All-Around Defenseman.

Magic Attic Club: Alison Goes for the Gold by Catherine Connor, 1997

Alison travels through the mirror to the Junior World Cup Skating Championship and she skates to the finals. Alison wants to win—until she tangles on the ice with the cool-tempered Katja from Germany. Can she be friends with her rival? Who will take home the Gold?

Special thanks to Librarian Deimosa Webber-Bey for her ongoing help with this series!

Gina Asprocolas