The Night Olympic Team

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, led by Dr. Don Catlin, caught 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.

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)

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

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

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“…A scientific thriller.”
Scripps News

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“A unique perspective.”
–Sandy Mitchell

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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