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    Cheer!: Inside the Secret World of College Cheerleaders (Paperback) By (author) Kate Torgovnick

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    DescriptionCHEER! is the Inspiration for the CW's Hot New Series, HELLCATS, Starring Alyson Michalka and Ashley Tisdale. Think cheerleading is just pom-poms, "gimme an 'R, '" and pleated skirts? Not anymore. Take an exhilarating trip through the rough-and-tumble world of competitive college cheerleading.... College cheerleaders are extreme athletes who fly thirty feet in the air, build pyramids in which a single slip can send ten people crashing to the ground, and compete in National Championships that are won by hundredths of a point. "Cheer!" is a year-long odyssey into their universe, following three squads from tryouts to Nationals. Meet the Stephen F. Austin Lumberjack cheerleaders from Nacogdoches, Texas, whoseem destined to win their fifth National Championship in a row -- until they are shaken by the departure of their longtime coach. Fall in love with the Southern University Jaguars from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, an African-American team hoping to raise the $17,000 needed to travel to Nationals and transform their near win several years ago into a Cinderella victory. Root for the University of Memphis All-Girl cheerleaders from Tennessee -- a team that continually struggles for the same respect Coed teams get -- when their quest for a national title is threatened by injuries and dropouts. Along the way, meet unforgettable characters like Sierra, a cheerleading prodigy who has never lost a competition; Doug, who is in his eighth year as a college cheerleader; and Casi, one of the few female bases who can lift anothercheerleader on her own. These are people who risk horrifying injuries on a daily basis, battle demons like eating disorders and steroid use, and form intense bonds. In the immersive tradition of "Friday Night Lights," "Cheer!" is a captivating, all-access journey into a deeply absorbing world.

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    Inside the Secret World of College Cheerleaders
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Kate Torgovnick
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 355
    Width: 155 mm
    Height: 231 mm
    Thickness: 25 mm
    Weight: 703 g
    ISBN 13: 9781416535973
    ISBN 10: 1416535977

    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: SPO
    BIC subject category V2: AS
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T General Subject: 760
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T15.6
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    Libri: I-SR
    BIC subject category V2: JFCA, JHBS
    BISAC V2.8: SOC022000, SPO000000
    Ingram Subject Code: SR
    BISAC V2.8: PER000000
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 24490
    BIC subject category V2: WSL
    B&T Approval Code: A31225000
    BISAC V2.8: SPO066000
    B&T Approval Code: A09010000
    BISAC V2.8: SPO017000
    B&T Approval Code: H37700000
    DC21: 791.64
    DC22: 791.64
    LC subject heading:
    DC22: 791.6/4
    LC subject heading: ,
    Thema V1.0: JBCC1, JHBS, AT, SHG
    LC classification: LB3635 .T67 2009
    Edition statement
    Illustrations note
    colour illustrations
    Touchstone Books
    Imprint name
    Touchstone Books
    Publication date
    10 March 2009
    Publication City/Country
    New York, NY
    Review quote
    "An exuberant and empathic journey deep into one of America's least-explored and most iconic team sports -- and if you've never thought of cheerleading as a sport, accompanying [Torgovnick] on this ride through the physical challenges of a competitions season will certainly change your mind. Whether you tried out for the Pom squad yourself, or blew off every high school pep rally like Torgovnick did, this suspenseful tale of cheerleading's glorious and addictive highs, and dangerous and pressure-cooked lows, will give you an insight into an ever-growing national phenomenon." -- Lauren Sandler, "Righteous: Dispatches from the Evangelical Youth Movement"