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A gripping new novel by the author of such successful sports fiction as Painting the Black and On the Devil's Court.

While trying to prove that he is good enough to be on his high school's varsity basketball team, Nick must also deal with his parents' divorce and the erractic behavior of a troubled classmate who lives across the street.

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Overview

A gripping new novel by the author of such successful sports fiction as Painting the Black and On the Devil's Court.

While trying to prove that he is good enough to be on his high school's varsity basketball team, Nick must also deal with his parents' divorce and the erractic behavior of a troubled classmate who lives across the street.

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KLIATT
To quote from the review of the hardcover edition in KLIATT, March 2000: A novel about high school basketball—white, suburban boys' basketball. Yes, this basketball does still exist, and yes, Deuker tells his story well. There are no swear words and these high school athletes do not discuss sex, but aside from that, the basketball scenes and the father-son relationships are believable. Most of the action is on a basketball court somewhere in the Northwest, in the high school gym or in the backyard. Deuker tells of two brothers, one interested in music, one consumed by basketball. Their father is all too believable as a grown-up determined to relive his own high school athletic experience in his sons. He is too critical, too wrapped up in himself and his own needs; the boys' mother gets sick of him and throws him out. Also, the boys have to deal with another set of brothers who live across the street, thugs who are violent bullies. A major theme of this book is how Nick, the narrator, gets involved with Trent across the street when Trent becomes a teammate on the varsity team. Athletes who read this book will recognize the changes that Nick goes through as he evolves from a person eager to establish himself as a varsity player to a person who understands how important it is for the athlete, especially the point guard, to be part of a team. Deuker doesn't completely ignore the racial realities in basketball. One of Nick's teammates is an African American—but at some point it is clear that this boy Luke is different from black inner-city players from the championship team. White people so rarely have a glimpse of what it is to be a minority in our society, so I liked the scene whenthe suburban team feels uncomfortable when they play at a high school that has mostly students of color. Night Hoops is better than most sports novels for YAs. (The cover art in this paperback edition is excellent.) Category: Paperback Fiction. KLIATT Codes: JS—Recommended for junior and senior high school students. 2000, HarperTrophy, 250p., Ages 13 to 18. Reviewer: Claire Rosser; KLIATT
Children's Literature - Children's Literature
Nick has the skills and determination to be the starting point guard for his high school basketball team, but does he have the savvy? Filled with riveting game scenes, this gripping novel details the drama of one basketball season. To succeed, Nick must learn how to play smart in a game where second chances are few. Trent, an overly aggressive teammate in trouble with the law, has the same lesson to learn about life. Deuker masterfully illustrates the mental game of basketball, particularly how pacing, momentum, and teamwork depend on a point guard who understands himself and his players--both on and off the court. The action scenes and game-sense will draw sports fans to this book, but concern for Nick as he struggles with the demands of a broken family and troubled friendships, proves equally engaging. Numerous well-defined characters enhance rather than crowd the plot by appearing only as their presence impacts Nick. The complexities of basketball and life provide first-rate, but never preachy, entertainment. Even reader expectations of a "winning" sports ending will remain nail-bitingly unpredictable. 2000, Houghton Mifflin, Ages 12 up, $15.00. Reviewer: Betty Hicks
VOYA - Voya Reviews
No one would expect Nick Abbott to befriend Trent Dawson. An outsider and misfit, Trent and his family are not the kind of neighbors one would want living across the street, let alone hanging around the house shooting baskets. Trent is on welfare with no father in sight, his older brother is always in trouble with the law, his mother parties long and hard, and his house and yard have fallen to ruin. Yet on Nick's backyard court, the boys find a common thread that weaves their lives together--their skills and love of the game make them an unbeatable pair. When both earn spots on the varsity team, the court becomes their whole world and every play is from the heart. Deuker, award-winning author of young adult sports stories, including On the Devil's Court (Little, Brown, 1989/VOYA April 1989), Painting the Black (Houghton Mifflin, 1997/VOYA August 1997), and Heart of a Champion (Little, Brown, 1993/VOYA June 1993), again has written a fast-paced novel that will appeal to the teen reader--even those not interested in the game of basketball. The issues of teens painfully adjusting to the separation of parents, maturely accepting punishment for bad decisions, defending someone against all others' accusations, and realizing the importance of commitment to a team are addressed. As deftly as Nick and Trent move the ball around the court, they reveal more than just the desire to win a game. When faced with unfavorable odds in the game of life, one person can make a difference. As Nick learned, "When you know somebody, everything changes." Establishing a rewarding friendship is not limited by superficial boundaries. VOYA CODES: 5Q 4P M J S (Hard to imagine it being any better written; Broadgeneral YA appeal; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12). 2000, Houghton Mifflin, Ages 12 to 18, 256p, $15. Reviewer: Cheryl Karp Ward
School Library Journal
Gr 8-10-Nick Abbott finds himself trying to deal with his parent's divorce and a host of other problems that face him during his sophomore year. He wants above all else to be a star player on his high school basketball team. As the story progresses, Nick learns how to control the tempo of a game as a point guard, and he also begins to reach a greater maturity in his life. Central to the story is his relationship with his disturbed and angry teammate and neighbor, Trent Dawson. The young men form an uneasy bond as they quietly practice each night on Nick's backyard court. Eventually, they become a dominating duo on the court, with Trent's aggressiveness complemented by Nick's feel for the game. This is an excellent novel. Nick's first-person narration is authentic throughout. The author perfectly captures the swirl of ideas in the adolescent mind. The descriptions of the games are well written and accurate. Best of all, the complexities of basketball are contrasted with the complexities of life. Nick learns how important it is to make adjustments during the course of a game, and he learns that adjustments are also important in life. This message is imparted subtly, though. Deuker delivers a story that features rounded characters dealing with real problems, set against the backdrop of a varsity basketball season.-Todd Morning, Schaumburg Township Public Library, IL Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
New York Times Book Review
The Abbotts and the Dawsons live across the street from each other, and both Nick Abbott and Trent Dawson play basketball. That's all they seem to have in common. But nothing is as it seems, except the actual basketball games. A taut psychological novel.
Kirkus Reviews
Deuker (Painting the Black, 1997) weaves wide bands of fast-break, pulse-pounding basketball action into this piercing exploration of family loyalties and parental failure. Prepared by years of practice, Nick marches triumphantly into high school, through basketball tryouts and onto the team—along with, to his disgust and amazement, despised Trent Dawson, a vicious ne'er-do-well neighbor who has never seemed more than a smaller version of his very bad-news big brother, Zack. But Trent can play, with the same intensity that Nick finds in himself. On the boards, Trent shows signs of wanting to turn his life around, and there, Nick can also escape both the pain of his parents' divorce and the influence of his bullying, manipulative father. In the end, the two lead their team into a district championship despite a two-and-five start and, in a climax that will have even readers not up on b-ball jargon riveted, a 19-point deficit in the fourth quarter of the final game. It's only the beginning for Nick, but the triumph is bittersweet for Trent, who turns his back on the fragile stability he's achieved to follow his brother, now a wanted felon, into hiding. Expertly juggling a sackful of subplots, Deuker gives his characters understandable (if not always defensible) motives, and role models whose strengths and flaws are laid out with painful precision. Deuker adds further luster to his reputation for top-flight sportswriting matched to uncommonly perceptive coming-of-age stories. (Fiction. 11-15)
From the Publisher
"Once again Deuker strikes a happy balance between issues and action, examining topics such as parental pressure and the edgy realtionship between play makers and their less gifted teammates while transporting his readers right into the bleachers with vivid play-by-plays." —Bulletin

* "The author perfectly captures the swirl of ideas in the adolescent mind. . . . Deuker delivers a story that features rounded characters dealing with real problems, set against the backdrop of a varsity basketball season. . . .This is an excellent novel."—SLJ, starred review

"Deuker adds further luster to his reputation for top-flight sportswriting matched to uncommonly perceptive coming-of-age stories." —Kirkus Reviews

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780606229272
  • Publisher: San Val, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/1/2001
  • Format: Library Binding

Meet the Author

Carl Deuker is described as “a rising young star in psychological sports fiction” by Jim Trelease in The Read-Aloud Handbook. He is the author of three sports novels, On the Devil's Court, Heart of a Champion, and Painting the Black, all of which were selected as ALA Best Books for Young Adults.

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Chapter One

Against the fast break, you have to stop the ball. That's rule number one, even if it's Trent Dawson, eyes wild, who's barreling down the lane at you, and even if it's just a summer pick-up game. You've still got to suck it up and do it. So I challenged him, holding my position, feet set.

With the advantage in numbers he had, a simple bounce pass would have given one of his teammates the easy two points. Trent knew that, because he was a player. Or he could have been a player, if he ever played right. But Trent Dawson never did anything right.

Instead of passing off, he crashed right into me, planting his knee into my chest. I toppled backwards, and he came down hard on top of me. My head smacked the asphalt just as the ball rolled in. "That was a charge," I yelled, still pinned under him. "The basket doesn't count."

His hand came right back to my face, his fingers squeezing my cheeks and almost gouging my eyes. "No way, Abbott. No way."

Every guy on the court knew he was cheating, but nobody backed me. I can't blame them, because the one thing worse than having Trent Dawson squeeze your face would be to have him pound it to a bloody pulp. And he'd do it, too. He'd do it and he'd enjoy it.

"Take the points," I sputtered, pushing his hand away, "but you fouled me and you know it."

He grinned as he climbed off me. It was his way of letting me know that he did know it.

The game ended in a typical Dawson way. We were playing to twenty. My team had the ball with the score tied at eighteen when Trent's older brother Zack showed up. Trent is bad news, but Zack is worse, both meaner and crazier. Word is that he hasa gun that he stole from one of his mother's many, many boyfriends.

"Hey, Trent. Let's go," he shouted from across the court.

Immediately, without so much as a "Good game" or a "See you later," Trent was gone, leaving the rest of us with sweat dripping down our faces and backs, our mouths hanging open. "What a total jerk," one of the guys said, but not until Trent was out of earshot.

The joke is that last year, when Trent first moved into the rental house across the street from us, I was keyed up about it. A guy my age, who looked pretty athletic — it was perfect. Dad knew, though. He never liked the Dawsons. "Freeloaders" is what he called them, because they were on welfare. "There'll be trouble. Mark my words."

Mom, who is a nurse at the county hospital and sees a lot of poor people, defended them. "Not having money doesn't make you a criminal."

Dad grinned. "Just wait. In six months you'll be singing a different tune."

Normally Mom isn't all that outgoing, but she made a point of welcoming Ericka Dawson to the neighborhood, calling out "hello" to her in the morning and encouraging me to do stuff with Trent.

But Dad turned out to be right. On our block everybody mows the lawn, plants flowers, and picks up stray bits of trash. People wave to their neighbors, keep their music down, and drive slowly, at least until they hit the main streets.

It didn't take long to see that Ericka Dawson was different. She let the lawn and flower beds go. Her front porch became a garbage heap, and if anything broke, it stayed broken. She had people over all the time, and they partied late and loud. Strange cars and motorcycles were always roaring up and down our block.

When the Dawsons moved in, the inside of the house had been clean and neat. Within three months the place was a total dump, and I mean total. I still remember the first time I was inside that house. Trent had me over to play pool on what turned out to be an undersized table, really just a toy, that one of his mother's boyfriends had given him.

The pool table was upstairs in his room. To reach it, we had to walk through the house. Newspapers, empty pizza boxes, and beer bottles were strewn around the living room floor and on the sofa. Cigarette butts spilled out of cups and off plates onto the tables and carpet. Plates crusty with dried food sat on top of the television set, which was on, the volume full blast. "What are you looking at?" Trent said when he caught me staring.

I was glad to make it to his room, but five minutes later his mother came upstairs. "Go home," she ordered, just like that, no explanation at all. I stood for a second, stunned. "You want me to draw you a picture?" she snapped. "Go home."

As I left I spotted a policeman standing in the kitchen, and the next day Dad found out that Zack had been caught stealing beer at Albertson's.

That was when Mom gave me the word: "Nick, stay out of that house. If Trent invites you over, you make some excuse. You understand?" Dad didn't have to say anything. His smile said it all.

Night Hoops. Copyright © by Carl Deuker. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.

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  • Posted December 4, 2008

    Night Hoops Was Great!

    Night Hoops is a book about a kid named Nick who has to accept his mom and dad's divorce,and trying to have his dad compliment his game.There are NO boring parts in this book.I thought that every moment in this book,thrilled me.I also play basketball in real life,and if you play basketball you will absolutely LOVE this book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 23, 2013

    Okay, so let me preface this with the fact that I don¿t care for

    Okay, so let me preface this with the fact that I don’t care for sports and that I normally wouldn’t pick up this novel, accept that one of my students wanted to read it for a project. So, since I don’t have all that many sports books on the approved list for my students to read, I allowed it under the condition that I read it too so I could grade the project accordingly. This all being said, please note that if you enjoy sports like basketball or MG novels, then this is definitely a book for you. As a middle-aged female more interested in paranormal teen romance, well, this book didn’t hit the spot for me, but that doesn’t mean it’s not good. Deuker is actually a quite accomplished MG author with multiple novels concerning sports for you MG and YA male, and I will definitely be reading more of his work in order to broaden the genre’s I have on my approved reading lists. Deuker has solid themes and though not all the characters are positive in this novel, he has strong male leads that work through problems, creating a happy ending, which is something more books need, in my opinion. I loved the fact that both nick and Trent had their own set of problems, but were able to overlook them and come together for the greater good and their team, and I liked that they worked to solve their problems. Divorce is a very hard topic to write about, as are troubled households, and Deuker did a phenomenal job creating life-like scenarios and causing the reader to feel for his characters. Though I’m not in love with the story since it’s not my cup of tea, I know good writing when I see it, and I definitely think MG males will love this novel.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 25, 2013

    Gabri

    Idk nm astrids going to like all the nook partys i wanna find one with out her :P

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2013

    Ty

    Hey guys havnt tlked for a while

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 22, 2012

    Basket ball sucks so does this book

    Yeah what i said before i wouldbrate it a zero stars

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2012

    Great book

    This was a great book for anyone who likes basketball. It was also very interesting because it described things other than basketball. An easy book to read. It should be on everyones list.

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  • Posted February 21, 2012

    Good book, especially if you are interested in basketball

    The book is about Nick and Trent. It is a high suspense book with lots of basketball action and they are very good at basketball. Trent gets into some trouble but turns his life around when he goes to hang out with Nick. I liked the details in the games and how it tells how they win. I didn't like how at the beginning of the story it started out slow. I would recommend this book to boys ages 10-15 who like basketball; even if you don't like to read you will enjoy this book.

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  • Posted January 25, 2011

    A+++

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    Brett Milligan

    Night Hoops, By Carl Duecker, is a great read. It shows emotion, love, heartbreak and trust. The book is a fictional story, but when you read it, it feels so real. I chose Night Hoops because I love sports books, and also Carl Duecker is an excellent author.
    Night Hoops is mainly about two boys, Trent Dawson and Nick Abbot, and how they overcame hatred between each other for a sport they both love. The setting for the story is inside Nick's house, at school, or on the basketball court. This story shows a lot of pain that their families are going through, and how two boys become friends and overcome the odds.
    Night Hoops, in my opinion, is probably the best sports book I have read yet. The character I liked was Nick Abbot. Nick is a good young boy. He does not try to find trouble; usually trouble finds him. I like nick's work ethics; he works hard for what he wants. The ending of the book is a little short and probably not what most readers would want to see. However the overall book is amazing. I would recommend this book for people 12 to 15 years old. I have learned a lesson from this book about; even if you do not think it is possible, keep trying and soon it will come to you.
    Night Hoops, in my opinion, is a 5-star book. It makes you think, and you never want to stop reading it. If you're into sports, this book this would be a perfect book for you. Carl Duecker used a lot of creativity when writing this book. He makes the reader wonder what will happen next. I have also read another book by Carl Duecker and I loved it; Heart of a Champion. It is an amazing sports story. I guarantee you, if you read one of Carl Duecker books; you will want to read them all.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 10, 2010

    Highly Recommended- An Awesome Must Read Book.

    Night Hoops is full with action and emotion. The story can be related in many ways to many people and also it is an addicting page turner. I thought the book did a good job having emotion and a splendid job describing the basketball games. The title of the book fits the storyline perfectly because most of the main points are at night shooting hoops. The emotion in the book heated up the farther I got in the book. Friendships are made, but some relationships are broken. Nick's family slowly starts falling apart which gave me the thought that if that happened to me I would go insane. Even though I don't know much about basketball, Carl Deuker described everything precisely so you can understand what's happening. The thing that was very emotional was the change of heart of Trent. With that, the whole story changes. Even with the change of heart, he still remained loyal to his brother still putting him in danger. The worst part of the book was when it ended because I wanted to know what would happen to Trent and his future. -C Long

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  • Posted September 16, 2010

    Great book for kids who love to play basketball.

    Nick Abbott is your average basketball sophmore who decides to try out for the varsity team at Bothell High School. But just like the game, Nick's life has some twists Nick Abbott is a sophomore in high school and wants to be the star basketball player more than anything.
    He faces many problems in his life. For example, his parents are going through a divorce. Nicks dad also wants him to quit basetball and focus on his trumpet playing. Also, Nick has to face his angry neighbor, Trent Dawson, who is also on the basketball team. The two of them start to become friends as they practice playing basketball every night on Nick's backyard court. Nick joins the team with Trent and they become friends. Nick and Trent begin to play basketball as a team and they win the championship. Trent also thanks Nick for helping out with his school work and his personal things about his brother. They become best friends.
    Nick starts to grow up in many ways on the court and off of it while he is dealing with his new life changes. The main message of the book is that it is very important to make adjustments during the course of a game, as well as, to learn that adjustments are important in life, too.
    This is a great novel about basketball and friendship. Night Hoops was a really great book and I recommend this to all kids and teens who love to play basketball. This is a great novel about basketball and friendship.

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  • Posted September 16, 2010

    Quality Book

    This book suprised me to be honest. Usually I don't expect much from a sports fiction especially from an author that I'm unfamiliar with. But this book seemed to have a balance of sports content and a gripping story to keep me interested and even making me really enjoy reading this book. As the main character, nick abbott, narrates the story I seem to put myself into his shoes as he dealswith his parents divorce and a struggle to decide to help a troubled kid or leave him be. And although I'm not at all in the situation as him, Deuker was able to create such a realistic setting in this book that Nick's thoughts, feelings, and emotions were so easily transferred to the reader through the literature. Deuker also has great knowledge of the game of basketball and accurately cheoreographed the action scenes during the basketball game, a skill which many authors do not possess and therefore their stories lack a setting in which a real basketball player would know is realistic. Not only does Deuker keep the content up to par for a basketball player but he also keeps it easy enough to understand for someone who has never touched a basketball in their life. Overall this book was really complete and I would recommend this book to all my friends especially those who are passionate about sports.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 16, 2010

    This is a great story for kids who love basketball.

    Nick Abbott is your average basketball sofpmore who decides to try out for the varsity team at Bothell High School. But just like the game, Nick's life has some twists Nick Abbott is a sophomore in high school and wants to be the star basketball player more than anything.
    He faces many problems in his life. For example, his parents are going through a divorce. Nicks dad also wants him to quit basetball and focus on his trumpet playing. Also, Nick has to face his angry neighbor, Trent Dawson, who is also on the basketball team. The two of them start to become friends as they practice playing basketball every night on Nick's backyard court. Nick joins the team with trent and they become friends. Nick and Trent begin to play basketball as a team and they win the championship. Trent also thanks Nick for helping out with his school work and his personal things about his brother. They become best friends.
    Nick starts to grow up in many ways on the court and off of it while he is dealing with his new life changes. The main message of the book is that it is very important to make adjustments during the course of a game, as well as, to learn that adjustments are important in life, too.
    This is a great novel about basketball and friendship. Night Hoops was a really great book and I recommend this to all kids and teens who love to play basketball. This is a great novel about basketball and friendship.

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  • Posted May 18, 2010

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    Reviewed by Grandma Bev for TeensReadToo.com

    Nick Abbott wants his father's approval more than anything, but his brother Scott is always first in his father's eyes. Nick's father was a basketball star in high school, and he wants Scott to excel in that sport, but Scott just wants to play his trumpet. Nick's parents decide to go their separate ways, and the divorce is a big psychological problem for Nick, but he is determined to be a star on his high school basketball team and gain his father's approval.

    The boy that lives across the street, Trent Dawson, is an angry and disturbed young man who doesn't get along with anyone, but the boys gradually form a tense friendship as they practice in Nick's new backyard basketball court. Nick convinces Trent that he could be an important part of the squad if he would bring his grades up and try out for the team.

    Then Trent's brother shoots another boy and Trent feels compelled to go with his brother, who is in hiding. Nick's team is on the verge of a championship season, and with Trent's aggressiveness and Nick's leadership, they could win. Without Trent, the team may falter, and Nick is desperate to convince Trent to stay in school and on the team.

    Teen angst and the emotional strain of high school relationships are realistic within NIGHT HOOPS. The excitement and descriptions of the games are well written. Deuker is a master at characterization and delivering a story with escalating suspense as the boys deal with real problems. Even reluctant readers, and especially sports-minded boys, will enjoy this electrifying novel.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 21, 2009

    An Engaging Read for Sports Fans

    In a town by the name of Bothell there is a family by the name of the Abbots. This family consists of a mother and father with marital problems. And 2 brothers, younger brother Nick, and Older brother Scott. That is both in high school and play basketball. Their father insisted on building a basketball court in the back yard. Their mother said that they couldn't build it, but the father decided to build it any way. The basketball court was a good thing for Nick because it helped him with his skills. But not for Scott he played the trumpet as well, but his father was very pushy for him to play basketball well. Ultimately Scott chose the trumpet and that displeased his father eventually causing the parents to get a divorce. Across the street for the Abbots were the Dawson's. There we two Dawson boys Trent who was Nicks age and Zach the older one. The Dawson boys were trouble, with their mom having many boyfriends, which had taken a toll on the boys. When school time came around Nick tried out for the basketball team. Strongly so did Trent. This is also where Nick met Luke, Luke ended up being a very good friend to Nick. But during tryouts Trent was very aggressive and no one liked him very much. Nick, Luke, and Trent all made the team. Steve Clay is the Dawson boy's mother current boyfriend has been giving provision by Mrs. Abbott to shoot hoops with Trent in the backyard. When December came nick was suppose to go on a basketball trip but didn't make the cut. By this time Steve clay has broken up with his girlfriend but Trent still came by at night to shoot hoops. When nick didn't go on the basketball trip Scott and his mom had left for a trip. So when Trent came by to shoot hoops Nick shot around with him. This is when Trent and Nick became good friends. Soon enough they had worked their way to star players on the varsity team winning the conference in a big game against Garfield.
    The major message from this book is that friendship is on of the most important things that you can have this life. I like this book because of this message, it shows a very good transformation of Trent. He goes from bully to a not so bad and nice kid. It shows how people learn to apply themselves and succeed under the worst circumstances. The only dislike of this book for me is that Nick's father was somewhat of a jerk in the sense that Nick could never make him happy until he was the only one in the family playing basketball.
    I think that someone should definitely read this book if they are into sports and understand certain sports analogies, also if they like a good story line. Another book i can recommend is Phil Jackson's book about his last season with the Lakers because of its basketball content.

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  • Posted November 2, 2008

    night hoops by carl dueker

    This book started off good, there wasn`t really a dull moment in the book. I like how this book is about a kid who makes the high school basketball team. Eventhough his neighbor slash enemy made the team too. The book is about how he and that kid get through the season together. I liked how the book was full of action and there were no boring parts in it. There were things I would have thought would never happen, but they did. I liked how the book ended, it was a very good ending.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2008

    good book

    Night Hoops, by Carl Deuker, Sports Fiction This book is about a kid who makes the high school basketball team. Unfortunately, his neighbor/ enemy made the team too. The book is about how he and that kid get through the season. I liked how the book was full of action and there were no boring parts in it. There was stuff in it that I would have thought would never happen, but they did. I liked how the book ended, it was very surprising.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 6, 2007

    A reviewer

    OMG THiS BOOK WAS GREAT! i WAS HOOKED FROM THE START. iF YOU LOVE BASKETBALL ''LiKE ME'' AND TEEN FiCTiON, DEFiNATELY READ THiS BOOK. i HAD TO READ iT FOR SUMMER READiNG, BUT i WOULD READ iT EVEN iF i DiDN'T HAVE TO. AWESOME BOOK...ONE OF THE BEST iVE EVER READ! XOXOX

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2007

    michaels amazing review

    Carl Deuker¿s fourth book for young adults is another winner filled with fast paced action and surprises all along the way. Night Hoops is a fantastic book for sports lovers and Mike Lupica fans. All four of his books were nominated for ALA best book for young adults. Nick Abbot always thought of Trent Dawson as a punk or a thug who was always getting himself into deep trouble. But when Nick Abbot only wants to make it on the school basketball team at school. But so is Trent Dawson and Nick tries to learn more about him than his family saying that Trent is a bad influence because his brother gets into to much trouble and his mom is a bad influence. But Nick doesn¿t care what he hears because when the coach tells him to help Trent or sit on the bench he decides to keep his spot on the team and become friends with Trent. While trying to figure this out Nick needs to show his family the same thing. But it gets harder to do when Trent makes a big mistake and Nick needs to help Trent see his mistake. By the end of Night Hoops you will see the friendship that Nick and Trent have becomes stronger than ever. It will keep you thinking hard about this book from front to back.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2007

    Earning Pride Takes Hard Work

    Night Hoops by Carl Deuker is an outstanding book. Nick lives with hid only brother and his mom and dad. Later on, Nick¿s mom and dad argue too much and they divorced. Nick¿s mom got the right to take her kids and her husband moved into an apartment. There¿s one thing the family had all in common ,which is they all love basketball. Nick¿s brother is in band though and plays the trumpet after school with his girlfriend. Nick, only a sophomore, gets the dream of a lifetime because he gets on the Greenbriar Varsity basketball squad. His neighbor, Trent, is also on the varsity but he struggles to get his grades up and he eventually does. Trent¿s brother, Zach is accused of shooting someone. He misses practices a lot as he deals with his problems. Nick decides to let him come over at night to his house and shoot hoops. Nick and Trent were arch enemies but on the court they somehow bond together. They help each other face their problems as they try to finish a successful basketball season. I thought this book was really good and I couldn¿t get my eyes off it. I was rushing to finish each page to see what is going to happen next. The book was pretty interesting ,although the middle part of the book seemed a little blasé. The middle of the book was just about every game that was played. You would like this book if you enjoy sports novels or liked the Matt Christopher books but there¿s more vocabulary that the Matt Christopher books. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who¿s from the age of eleven to sixteen. There¿s no mistakes or flaws in this book and there¿s no confusing parts that seem to leave you hanging. This is the best book I¿ve read yet. Night Hoops isn¿t a part of a series but I wish there was because I would like to read more and more about. This would relate to any sports book of Matt Christopher¿s about basketball. This book is intense and seems never ending. I hope you get the chance to read this extraordinary book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2006

    A real page turner!

    This book was a great book! I read it over my vacation and I couldn't stop reading it. On some nights I stayed up until two in the morning because I couldn't put it down. It deals mostly with unlikely friendships and sports but it also has other issues. Night Hoops is very detailed and catches your attention very quickly. I got hooked on the book at the second chapter. I recommend this book to anyone. I highly doubt any reader will be disappointed.

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