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Fiction Ages 10+
Pages: 176
Themes: basketball, prep school, sports, high school, professional sport, false advertisement, scams, success, hoop dreams, moral dilemma
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: 12/04/2016
Fry Reading Level: 4.5
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Basketball-crazy Jake Burnett is thrilled to be leaving home to attend prestigious Centerville Prep. It’s an opportunity to pursue his hoop dreams at the highest level. But things aren’t quite as advertised at his new school, and Jake soon finds himself struggling both on and off the court. At first, Jake is determined to play harder and ignore the warning signs. Until he discovers that his new head coach is a scam artist, putting kids at risk for his own gain. Now Jake has a difficult choice to make—advance his basketball career or do the right thing.

School Library Connection - August 8, 2016
"Rud inserts vivid descriptions of basketball plays...older, reluctant readers, particularly sports-loving students, will pick up this book for a quick but satisfying read...recommended."
CM Magazine - March 25, 2016
"An excellent novel that depicts teens in crisis...A fast-paced story with a touch of a moral...Recommended."
Booklist - March 3, 2016
“[A] fast-paced, high-stakes, high/low book with plenty of appeal for reluctant readers and sports fans alike...Rud’s experience as a sports journalist and a high-school basketball coach lends authenticity to the action-packed court scenes, and in a readable and accessible way, he takes on complex issues like integrity, breach of contract, and speaking out against corruption.”
Resource Links - February 1, 2016
"Brilliant...Once again, Orca Sports and Jeff Rud have scored big."


CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens  | 2016 | Commended


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