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Coming Up Clutch: The Greatest Upsets, Comebacks, and Finishes in Sports History
64p. (Spectacular Sports). Millbrook. Sept. 2018. lib. ed. $34.65. ISBN 9781512427561.
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Gr 7 Up—Doeden covers the most epic upsets, comebacks, and finishes to happen in sports history, ranging from the horse named Upset beating Man o' War in 1919 to David Tyree's helmet catch in Super Bowl XLII to Michael Jordan's legendary Flu Game in the 1997 NBA Finals. Doeden organizes the chapters by the type of performance: upsets, comebacks, chokes, clutch performances, and the theory behind clutch performers. In each chapter, the events are listed in chronological order (1919–2018) in suspenseful detail, though there is little transition between sporting events. Iconic photos have been chosen to accompany many entries (Brandi Chastain's celebration of her game-winning goal in the Women's World Cup, for example). Each entry, rather than going too far in-depth, acts as more of a snapshot, giving readers just enough information to make them want more followed by a back matter that can satisfy much of that need. While Doeden does a fair job of covering all different sports and teams, football and the New England Patriots earn more coverage than most. The factual nature of the content, supported by a good amount of back matter, makes this an appropriate choice for school reports.
VERDICT A solid purchase for those lacking an up-to-date sports encyclopedia-style item.

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