Name Your Mountain

  • Pages:146
  • Publisher:Book Publishing Company
  • Themes:basketball, friendship, bullying, racism, parental alcoholism, American Indian, Cherokee, Cochtaw
  • Pub Date:01/15/2021
  • Age Groups:Fiction Ages 12+
  • Lexile:HL660L
$9.95 USD
Everything is looking great for Bobby Byington and his best friend Cherokee Johnny as their high school basketball team prepares for an important game. But just when things seem to be going really well, someone tries to take the life of Cherokee Johnny’s father.

Bobby is determined to help his friend’s family but feels useless until he gets some ingenious ideas that can aid the police. When the night of the big game arrives, Johnny and his family are allowed out of hiding so he can play. The action on the court provides a riveting backdrop for this suspense-filled adventure.
“Refreshingly, the book normalizes male characters’ close friendships and displays of emotion, tying into Tim Tingle’s (Choctaw) mountain metaphor: We encounter challenges every day, but they do not need to be climbed alone. The text uses basketball to emphasize the importance of teamwork both on and off the court. An engaging sports-infused mystery for reluctant readers.”
– Kirkus Reviews
Name Your Mountain continues the story of a Choctaw teenager and his tight-knit basketball team; they help each other through tough games and tougher issues, including parents with alcohol problems and vengeful criminals. Full of action and easy to read, this novel reveals the power of friendships and of careful observations.”
– Foreword Reviews