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Selling Points: "Basketball, domestic violence, teamwork"
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: Apr/01/2009
Lexile Level: 710L
Fry Reading Level: 4.2
Fiction Ages 10+
It was Mike and me on the fast break, two-on-one against a skins' defenseman. I was closing in on the top of the key, with the defenseman stuck to me like glue, when I saw Mike. He was wide open at the bottom of the key and calling for the ball.
One sharp pass to Mike and we'd clinch the win. But then I heard Coach Donovan's voice in my head: Whatcha got, kid? Whatcha got? And I thought: I'll show you what I've got.
Sixteen-year-old Salvador "Slam" Amaro thinks being the assistant coach of the Brookfield High School girls' basketball team will be an easy gig. Show up, run a few drills and pad his resumé so he can win a spot on the Ontario Provincial Under-17 team. But Slam's job suddenly gets a lot harder when the girls' coach and her daughter, the star point-guard, vanish after being threatened. Getting to the bottom of their disappearance puts Slam in confrontation with a mysterious stalker. But that’s not his only problem. With the girls facing playoff elimination, Slam has to come up with some new coaching strategies while he battles some tough competitors for a place on the Ontario squad.
Kate Jaimet is a reporter for the Ottawa Citizen and a former high school basketball player. The mother of a baby and a kindergartner, she lives, works and battles sleep deprivation in Ottawa, Ontario. Visit her website at www.katejaimet.com.
The Baytown Sun - February 6, 2010
"Basketball playing readers will revel in the jargon: pivot, jump shot, rebound, dribble, layup. This teen novel from Orca Sports shows readers that always being the winner is not realistic and that everyone experiences how unfair life can be."
Resource Links - June 1, 2009
"Slam learns some important lessons about sportsmanship and teamwork...This book would be a good addition to collections."
CM Magazine - May 15, 2009
"Much more than a sports novel. Here, readers see a skilled author working within the confines of a genre and transcending it. Recommended."
CCBC Best Books, commended
Junior Library Guild Selection, commended
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