Basketball Bats

Basketball Bats

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by Betty Hicks, Adam McCauley
     
 

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UNBEATABLE TEAM—MAYBE. UNBEATABLE READING—FOR SURE! The first novel in Betty Hick's Gym Shorts series is a slam-dunk for newly-independent readers.

Henry and his friends on Rockford Road are a basketball team unstoppable on their driveway court. But without team t-shirts or an official name can they take on The Tigers, a team that plays at the huge

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UNBEATABLE TEAM—MAYBE. UNBEATABLE READING—FOR SURE! The first novel in Betty Hick's Gym Shorts series is a slam-dunk for newly-independent readers.

Henry and his friends on Rockford Road are a basketball team unstoppable on their driveway court. But without team t-shirts or an official name can they take on The Tigers, a team that plays at the huge YWCA and has a player old enough to shave? Young readers will cheer as The Bats take on a name and stick together to beat the odds.Basketball Bats is a 2009 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.

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This first in a series of sportsoriented books uses basketball to explore such topics as sportsmanship and friendship. Henry and five friends, three boys and two girls, are challenged to a basketball game by a sketchy group of players calling themselves the Tigers. Turns out the Tigers cheat, but the newly dubbed Bats win anyway; their troubles with the Tigers don't end there, however. In the second game Henry hogs the ball in an effort to compensate for the Tigers' new player, Teen Boy, but the Bats' loss makes him the goat. In the second book in the series, GoofOff Goalie (9781596432444), the same friends play team soccer and this time Henry's friend Goose takes the fore. He thinks being goalie will be a cinch. Turns out it isn't so easy-it takes practice and good friends. With McCauley's expressive spot illustrations accompanying Hicks's breezily simple text, this series will be a great steppingstone for reluctant or new readers, easily introducing topical issues with its blend of humor and sports. A real score! (Fiction. 710)
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Kirkus Reviews

This first in a series of sports-oriented books uses basketball to explore such topics as sportsmanship and friendship. Henry and five friends, three boys and two girls, are challenged to a basketball game by a sketchy group of players calling themselves the Tigers. Turns out the Tigers cheat, but the newly dubbed Bats win anyway; their troubles with the Tigers don’t end there, however. In the second game Henry hogs the ball in an effort to compensate for the Tigers’ new player, Teen Boy, but the Bats’ loss makes him the goat. In the second book in the series, Goof-Off Goalie (ISBN: 978-1-59643-244-4), the same friends play team soccer and this time Henry’s friend Goose takes the fore. He thinks being goalie will be a cinch. Turns out it isn’t so easy—it takes practice and good friends. With McCauley’s expressive spot illustrations accompanying Hicks’s breezily simple text, this series will be a great stepping-stone for reluctant or new readers, easily introducing topical issues with its blend of humor and sports. A real score! (Fiction. 7-10)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781429981767
Publisher:
Roaring Brook Press
Publication date:
04/01/2008
Series:
Gym Shorts
Sold by:
Macmillan
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
64
Sales rank:
1,030,710
Lexile:
340L (what's this?)
File size:
1 MB
Age Range:
7 - 10 Years

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1

Bug Juice

Henry felt lucky. He had four friends.

Exactly enough to make a basketball team.

To Henry, playing sports was better than triple-scoop ice cream. Better than the circus coming to town. Better than anything.

Henry dribbled the ball just inside the chalk line he’d drawn across his driveway. It marked the boundary of his backyard basketball court.

He did a spin move and drove for the basket. A layup is too easy, thought Henry. Instead, he pulled up short. He aimed and threw up a mid-range jump shot. Swish!

“I could squash you like a bug,” snarled a gruff voice.

“Huh?” Henry stared at the boy at the top of his driveway. He had spiky hair. His body slouched to one side.

“Me and my friends,” said Tough Guy. “The Tigers. We can beat anybody.”

“Yeah?” said Henry. “Well, I’ve got friends that are good, too.”

“I doubt it,” sneered Tough Guy.

I’d like to squash him like a bug, thought Henry.

But he didn’t say it out loud. Instead, he said, “We challenge you. Tomorrow. Right here—three o’clock.”

“Your funeral,” said Tough Guy.

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