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Fiction Ages 9-12
Pages: 176
Themes: basketball, friendship
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: 01/Sep/2002
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Nick, Kia and their Mississauga Magic teammates are on the road, heading off to an elite hoop tournament in the Midwest. Feeling outmatched by many of the high profile teams, the kids are still looking forward to a good time. However, Coach Barkley, who played college ball in the area and is still regarded as a hero, has other ideas. As usual, nothing but winning will be good enough for Coach. As the tournament progresses, the Magic players learn to believe in themselves and come to realize that they can hold their own against the opposing teams.

CM Magazine
"Walters captures humourous situations very well...The dialogue is witty and adds to the delight of the story."
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"The reading is easy and fast paced and basketball fans will love the excitement of the competition."

Awards

CCBC Our Choice  | 2003 | Commended
Red Cedar nominee  | 2005 | Short-listed

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