Basketball Bats / Goof-Off Goalie

Basketball Bats / Goof-Off Goalie

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by Betty Hicks, Adam McCauley
     
 

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Cheer on the Bats as they try to trounce the Tigers in a basketball battle!
And have a ball with Goose and the gang as they perfect their soccer skills!

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Cheer on the Bats as they try to trounce the Tigers in a basketball battle!
And have a ball with Goose and the gang as they perfect their soccer skills!

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In this promising start for the Gym Shorts series, Hicks finds just the right balance between story line, play-by-play action, and wry humor. . . . Nearly every double-page spread includes a droll illustration by McCauley, the illustrator of Scieszka's Time Warp Trio series. A winner for young sports fans.
The Horn Book

Hicks's new Gym Shorts series opens with two amusing, easy-to-read sports books for girls and boys. With enough technical jargon to keep aficionados happy and plenty of humorous subplots to appeal to the more casual sports enthusiast, these two books are just the thing for newly independent readers. . . . A great start to a promising series.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781429962308
Publisher:
Square Fish
Publication date:
10/27/2009
Series:
Gym Shorts
Sold by:
Macmillan
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
128
File size:
2 MB
Age Range:
7 - 10 Years

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BASKETBALL BATS / GOOF-OFF GOALIE
Basketball BatsGYMSHORTSBetty Hicks 
Illustrated by Adam McCauleyNEW YORK 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Henry and his four friends on Rockford Road are an unbeatable basketball team--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? Henry feels sure he can lead his friends to victory, but is he really a team player? Or is he a ball hog? 
 
"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!"--Kirkus Reviews 
"In this promising start for the Gym Shorts series, Hicks finds just the right balance between story line, play-by-play action, and wry humor ... . Nearly every double-page spread includes a droll illustration by McCauley, the illustrator of Scieszka's Time Warp Trio series. A winner for young sports fans."--Booklist 
 
LEXILE 340L1BUG JUICEHenry 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, my friends 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.BASKETBALL BATS. Text copyright © 2008 by Betty Hicks. Illustrations copyright © 2008 by Adam McCauley. All rights reserved. For information, address Square Fish, 175 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10010.

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