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Fighting to Keep Drugs Out of the Games

"I wrote this book to show young readers science in action and how difficult work was accomplished only because key people helped one another."

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Book Description:

The Night Olympic Team takes readers behind the scenes at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City to discover how lab scientists catch athletes on performance-enhancing drugs, which are prohibited because using them is cheating. Teachers can use the book in the classroom to spark discussions of scientific and ethical issues in doping in sports. The clear language makes it an easy crash course in anti-doping basics for adults.

Nonfiction
Hardcover, 56 pages.
Full-color photographs, glossary, resources, index.
Publisher: Boyds Mills Press (May 2008)
ISBN-10: 1-59078-566-5
ISBN-13: 978-1-59078-566-9

E-book: Kindle Edition, 76 KB
Publisher: Boyds Mills Press (May 2008)
ASIN: B001CRPH30

Audiobook (CD or cassette)
Publisher: Recorded Books

A Pennsylvania School Librarian's Association Top 40 Young Adult Books Pick for 2008-2009

A California Readers’ selection for the 2009-2012 Middle School California Collection

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Praise from Reviewers:

"An outstanding resource for reports on drugs in sports or the Olympics.”
--Library Media Connection
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"A must-read on doping...Caroline Hatton's 'The Night Olympic Team' is an essential in-depth look at drug cheating in sports."
--Philip Hersh
Special to the Los Angeles Times

"Gripping."
--YES Mag, the Science Magazine for Adventurous Minds
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"[A] detective story…packed with convincing reasons to compete clean."
--Robert Ito
Los Angeles Magazine

"Readers will certainly understand one of the more complicated subtexts of the upcoming Olympics much better after spending some time with this… readable offering.”
--Kirkus Reviews
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“Hatton’s approach to the issues raised by the use of performance-enhancing drugs is fair-minded and kid-friendly.”
--School Library Journal
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"Fascinating. A rich picture of [the] work to root out doping in sport."
--Christa Case Bryant
fasterskier.com

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"...A scientific thriller."
--Scripps News
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"A unique perspective."
--Sandy Mitchell
www.LightTheTorch.net
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"Great nonfiction for all ages. As interesting and enjoyable as a good novel. Clear explanation about why performance enhancing drugs are banned and their effects on the human body"
--In Linda's Library, blog by Emerson School (for gifted K-8 education) Librarian, Ann Arbor, Michigan

"Fascinating story."
--Terry Pierce
The News Review

"Timely and informative."
Reviewers of Young Adult Literature

"A true-life adventure story."
--Caroline Arnold
Author of 30 Outstanding Science Trade Books - Children’s Book Council and National Science Teachers’ Association (CBC/NSTA)
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"Well done."
--Jim Ferstle
Freelance Writer
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Look Inside The Night Olympic Team:

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For Teachers:

At schools that use the Accelerated Reader program, students pick Accelerated Reader books and read them at their own pace, take a quiz, and teachers get immediate feedback on individual students' reading progress.  For The Night Olympic Team, Quiz No. 121674 is available here.

Video: Introduction to Sports Doping Control (2 min 20 sec)
Informational video made by Agilent Technologies for the 2004 Athens Olympics. Caroline K. Hatton, Ph.D. (UCLA Olympic Lab consultant at the time) and Stuart P. Cram, Ph.D. (Agilent Technologies) appear in it.


Curriculum ties

California
     - Grade 5
     - Middle School
     - High School

New York State
     - Grade 5-8
     - Grade 9-12

Activities (reading, writing, debate, art)

More resources at the page Against Drugs in Sports

Frequently Asked Questions


How long did it take to publish The Night Olympic Team?
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How does the EPO (blood booster) test work?
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Were the three 2002 Olympics cases described in the book also based on blood tests, in addition to urine tests?
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The Night Olympic Team describes how clean athlete Beckie Scott got bumped up in the ranking when dopers were disqualified. Were other athletes bumped up for the same reason?
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Can sports ever be drug-free?
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For answers to the following questions and more, see the School Library Journal interview.

What was it like being a member of the Night Olympic Team?

How stressful was it to work under such a tight deadline?

Tell us about the night your team discovered NESP in an athlete’s urine.

Did you feel bad about someone’s career being ruined?

References Used to Write the Book:

available upon request

Press Kit

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