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Acceptable risk

“LUGE MIGHT not be the first sport that comes to mind for an athletic-themed picture book,” writes Cheri Hanson in her profile of sports broadcaster and author Lisa Bowes in this month’s kidlit spotlight (p. 22). This sentence delights me, and not just because I’ve always fantasized about racing headfirst down an ice track. It’s because Hanson is right: luge is probably one of the last sports you would expect to kick off a series of books designed to introduce kids to the joy of physical activity. That’s what makes Orca Book Publishers’ decision to lead Bowes’s picture-book series, Lucy Tries Sports, with a title focusing on luge so special. The risk paid off.

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