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  • Other primary creator: Jerome Williams,
  • Pages:176
  • Publisher:Orca Book Publishers
  • Series: Orca Young Readers
  • Themes:perseverance, commitment, literacy, sports fiction, basketball novels
  • Available:04/01/2010
  • Age Groups:Fiction Ages 9-12
  • Lexile:680L
  • ATOS:4.4
  • Fountas & Pinnell Text Level Gradient:R
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In the tenth installment of the best-selling Eric Walters basketball series, Nick, Kia and their teammates embark on a letter writing campaign to persuade the Toronto Raptors community relations department to send one or more of the players to visit Clark Boulevard Elementary School. Unfortunately they are too late in applying and the team's school program has already been set for the year. But Nick and Kia do not give up easily, and their efforts become increasingly dramatic until Nick finally comes up with an idea that the team will be unable to ignore.
"Eric Walters is an extremely competent writer...[His characters] work and play hard, are considerate of others, [and are] full of confidence and enthusiasm…A well-crafted story…Fans of the series will be pleased to have another story about Nick and Kia. Recommended."
– CM Magazine
"Fast-paced and well written, this energetic novel is filled with wild schemes and fun ideas, complete with a surprise ending…This novel should promote lively discussion if read aloud, and is a recommended purchase for both a classroom and an elementary school library."
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