“Introducing Super Sporty” contains their first two adventures in one book.
In “Super Sporty: Horses Might Fly,” two new horses join the team, but Sporty is suspicious when they can’t throw or catch. Sporty’s superhero instincts prove correct when the new players kidnap the team’s captain.
Also included in this volume is “Super Sporty 2: Two Horses, One Mission.” Sporty and Harley are on the lookout for an alien who has escaped from prison, but then the news bulletins report that people are seeing him all over the country. To top it off, one of their own teammates joins his evil plan and kidnaps Harley. Can Sporty stop him, or will he succeed in destroying the superheroes so that he can rule the world?
Targeted Age Group:: 5-11 years
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
From about the age of five, I would write stories in ‘books’ made out of paper stapled together. They were usually quite short, due to the fact that the stapler would only go through so much paper, but when I was seven my family got a long-arm stapler. I got about twenty sheets of paper, stapled them all together, and started writing Super Sporty, a story which pretty much wrote itself! However, it wasn’t until 2011 that I dug my old manuscripts out of the bottom of a drawer and typed them all up and edited them for publication. So the inspiration came from a hyperactive seven-year-old imagination.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
Back when my grandma used to own a ranch in Texas, I visited her there a lot to help with the horses. There were two horses there called Sporty and Harley, and I was always fascinated by how close they were. Whenever Sporty was taken to the arena to be ridden, Harley would run up and down the fence calling for her until Sporty got back, and vice versa. When I sat down to write my gargantuan book as a seven-year-old, Sporty and Harley immediately came to mind as some characters I’d like to write about.
After breakfast, Harley and Sporty trotted off to the court. They went into the changing rooms, pulled on their basketball vests, and went out onto the wooden floor of the court, where the other athletes were just starting their exercises.
“Hup, two, three, four, hup, two, three, four!” yelled the coach.
Harley and Sporty ran over and joined in.
Hup, two, three, four ….”
Suddenly, the manager of the team rushed over to the coach, and whispered something to him. The coach nodded, and said to the athletes, “I’m afraid that we’ll have to postpone our exercises for now, as we have some visitors who wish to join our team.”
At that, the manager led in two horses. One was a bay, with a black mane and tail and a chestnut body. The other had a light brown body and a dark brown mane and tail. Both of them kept looking around the room, avoiding the eyes of their new teammates.
“Wow,” Harley said just loud enough for Sporty to hear, “they look mean.”
Sporty said, “They just look shifty to me.”
“This is Tennessee,” said the manager, gesturing towards the bay, “and this is Carlo. They are going to join the Texas Shorthorns team here in Horsecitty.”
Suddenly, the coach threw a ball at Tennessee and said, “Well, let us see some of your moves.”
Tennessee made a wild grab for the ball, fumbled, and then dropped it.
Harley nudged Sporty. Sporty knew what Harley was thinking: My five-year-old brother can catch better than that! And now this ham-fisted dork was on their team.
All too soon, it was time for lunch. But Carlo and Tennessee didn’t seem interested in food. They were talking. And they were talking too low to hear.
Sporty was immediately suspicious. “What do you think is so interesting over there?”
“I don’t know,” said Harley, “but they don’t look like they’re talking about the finer points of catching passes.”
“Yeah. Strange they even made the team.”
“Hmp-rlo-bmfrala,” Harley said through a mouthful of mashed bran.
“What was that?”
She swallowed. “I said, it’s all very curious.”
“Yes, it is. And stop talking with your mouth full of food.”
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