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Fiction Ages 9-12
Pages: 192
Themes: Teamwork, discipline, getting along with others
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: 01/03/2007
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When Nick and Kia are invited to former Toronto Raptor Jerome "Junk Yard Dog" Williams' basketball camp in Washington, DC, they quickly discover that this is no ordinary summer hoop camp. This is a basketball boot camp that focuses on discipline and hard work. Jerome and Johnnie's father, "Sergeant Push-up" to the campers, is the no-nonsense camp director. When scrimmages begin, Nick and Kia fall victim to the antics of their teammate Jamal, a talented but troubled player who tries to win games on his own. Only after some hard lessons-and some tough losses-do the three youngsters learn that it takes everyone on the team to accomplish real success.

CM Magazine - June 8, 2007
"The exciting scrimmage and fast-paced game descriptions will appeal to young basketball fans. Recommended."
Resource Links - April 1, 2007
"Sports addicts and reluctant readers will particularly enjoy this read...the author's combined experience with the game is extraordinary."

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CCBC Best Books   | 2008 | Commended

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