Hardcourt Comeback

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Brett blew a key play in an important game. Now he feels like a loser for letting his teammates down—and he keeps making mistakes. How can Brett become a "winner" again?

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Brett blew a key play in an important game. Now he feels like a loser for letting his teammates down—and he keeps making mistakes. How can Brett become a "winner" again?

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Children's Literature - Danielle Williams
Brett Carter is the star of his basketball team, the one the other players rely on to pull them into the lead and keep them there. But when Brett panics at a rock wall climbing center, he loses his edge and feels as if his whole life has begun to spiral downward. No matter how much Brett practices or studies, he cannot seem to do as well as he did before he froze climbing the wall. Despite everyone's reassurances, Brett cannot help but feel he is failing everyone. It is not until his coach takes him back to the rock climbing center and he forces himself to complete the climb that he feels as if he can begin to climb out of the hole his entire life has plunged into. It is a long climb back to the place Brett felt when he was everyone's star athlete and student, and there are several times when Brett feels as if he is still failing, but eventually he realizes that he has already overcome the toughest hurdle and will soon be the all star again. The story is rather simplistic in nature but addresses a concern that plagues many young people who have had too much responsibility thrust upon them at a young age. This book will greatly appeal to fans of basketball. Reviewer: Danielle Williams
School Library Journal
Gr 5–8—In Dugout Rivals, Jake Daley is looking forward to a new season of baseball. Since he was voted "Team's Best Eleven Year Old" last year, he's sure he is going to be the shortstop for the Red Sox. Then Adam Hull moves in. He can do it all: hit, field, and pitch. Suddenly, Jake has competition for the MVP trophy. Over the course of the season, he must come to terms with his shortcomings as Adam works through his own set of problems—his parents' bitter divorce and the uncertainty of moving again. During the championship game, both boys learn why there is "no 'I' in team." Similarly, in Hardcourt Comeback, Brett Carter is the big man on the courts, but after missing a crucial game point, forgetting the answer to an easy question in Brain Bowl, and becoming paralyzed with fear on the rock-climbing wall, his self-esteem is as deflated as an old basketball. Can he regain his confidence before the big game? While the characters are much more self-aware than most seventh graders (and families and coaches feel like they were made for a TV movie), Bowen's stories move along briskly with rapid-fire action sequences and end with surprising twists. Less-athletic readers may be unfamiliar with plays and sport-specific lingo. Both books conclude with a "Real Story" section that references real players' life events to underscore the motivation for coaching pep talks in the books.—H. H. Henderson, Heritage Middle School, Deltona, FL
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781561455164
  • Publisher: Peachtree Publishers, Ltd.
  • Publication date: 2/28/2010
  • Series: Fred Bowen Sports Stories Series
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 246,984
  • Age range: 8 - 11 Years
  • Lexile: 620L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.30 (h) x 0.60 (d)

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