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Children's LiteratureFor 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