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Real Lucky Charm
     

Real Lucky Charm

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by Charisse Richardson, Eric Velasquez (Illustrator)
 

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Mia Robinson has always cheered for her twin brother, Marcus, at his rec center basketball games. But this year Mia is getting the chance to have Marcus cheer for her. Marcus's team, the Titans, has just become coed! Mia is thrilled to be playing on the team and wearing a team uniform, and she's even more excited when her dad gives her a basketball charm for her

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Mia Robinson has always cheered for her twin brother, Marcus, at his rec center basketball games. But this year Mia is getting the chance to have Marcus cheer for her. Marcus's team, the Titans, has just become coed! Mia is thrilled to be playing on the team and wearing a team uniform, and she's even more excited when her dad gives her a basketball charm for her charm bracelet. When Mia does well on the court, she starts to believe that her basketball charm is really a lucky charm. Mia's got it made! After all, who needs to practice when they have a real lucky charm on their side?

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Children's Literature
For the first time ever, there's a co-ed basketball team and Mia decides to sign up. To celebrate, her Dad gives her a lucky charm, a tiny gold basketball engraved with her name. Mia discovers that she's pretty good at basketball; she even makes the shot that wins the first game of the season. Could it be the charm? And if the charm makes her a winner at basketball, why not the spelling test as well? When Mia discovers her charm is missing, her winning streak comes to an end and she gets the lowest grade ever on the test. Is the problem with the lost charm or with Mia? Perhaps if she believes in herself, as her Dad suggests, and not a lucky charm, she'll do just fine. This is a quick and pleasant read that stars a supportive and achieving African American family and a young girl who learns that practice and never giving up are what is needed to be a winner. 2005, Dial Books for Young Readers, Ages 8 to 10.
—Anita Barnes Lowen
School Library Journal
Gr 2-5-Readers were introduced to 10-year-old African-American twins Mia and Marcus in Richardson's The Real Slam Dunk (EnRich, 2002). Here, Mia and her friend Gabbie decide to try out for the new girls' basketball team. When not enough players sign up, they become part of a new coed team. When Mia plays particularly well, she begins to believe that her father's gift of a new charm for her bracelet is bringing her luck, not only in basketball, but also with her schoolwork. She slackens up in her practice and studies, depending instead on her lucky piece. When she loses it, she also loses her confidence on the court, doesn't score well on her spelling test, and is convinced that the missing charm is the cause. As the story progresses, she learns to trust her abilities and efforts to accomplish her goals. Supported by occasional attractive black-and-white drawings, this short, family-oriented sports story will capture the interest of beginning chapter-book readers as well as reluctant readers. Its message is simple and straightforward, as summed up by Mia's father-"Once you start believing in yourself again and not that charm, you'll be just fine."-Mary N. Oluonye, Shaker Heights Public Library, OH Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780142404317
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
09/08/2005
Pages:
80
Product dimensions:
5.07(w) x 7.75(h) x 0.23(d)
Lexile:
570L (what's this?)
Age Range:
7 - 10 Years

Meet the Author

Charisse K. Richardson, an avid sports fan since she was a child, uses sports to capture the reading interests of children. She is a member of the NBA Read to Achieve All-Star Reading Team. Charisse, a former Corporate Communications Manager, graduated from Howard University and received her MBA from the University of Texas at Austin. In addition to writing, she conducts motivational workshops designed to encourage youth to strive for success in the game of life. She lives with her family in Atlanta, Georgia.

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Real Lucky Charm 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Though taller and perhaps a better athlete than her brother Marcus, Mia Robinson was only allowed to cheer for her sibling at his basketball games until now. The Titans are going coed so Mia tries out and makes the squad. Her dad gives Mia a good luck charm that she believes works as she plays quite well on the court. However, her belief in the magic soon has her missing practice and the coach is ready to bench her even if she is a star. Will Mia learn her lesson that she is the magic through hard work and talent not her father¿s gift or will she be benched permanently?................ The sequel to THE REAL SLAM DUNK, THE REAL LUCKY CHARM is a whimsical tale starring a wonderful young protagonist who believes the charm has made her a star not talent or hard work. Mia is the center of the solid story line, but gets strong support from her brother, her parents, and her teammates. Older elementary school children will appreciate Charisse K. Richardson¿s fine slam dunk tale............... Harriet Klausner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Yay
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was only 38 pages!:(