Red-Hot Hightops

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Kelly is reluctant to believe her team-mates, when they tell her she plays a better game of basketball since she started wearing her red hightops. She soon has to admit that the sneakers have a strange overpowering effect on her!

Normally fearful to play basketball in front of a crowd, Kelly becomes a confident and aggressive player when she dons a mysterious pair of red sneakers that she finds.

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Kelly is reluctant to believe her team-mates, when they tell her she plays a better game of basketball since she started wearing her red hightops. She soon has to admit that the sneakers have a strange overpowering effect on her!

Normally fearful to play basketball in front of a crowd, Kelly becomes a confident and aggressive player when she dons a mysterious pair of red sneakers that she finds.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Kelly is a real pro when she's playing basketball at home, not in a school game. But when the team is counting on her, she freezes up. Then a mysterious pair of red hightop sneakers shows up in her locker. When Kelly puts them on she plays better than she ever hasshe's aggressive to a fault. But she agonizes over where the shoes came from, and finds out only after she decides to destroy them, because they work a little too well. She learns that they were magic, a plot device that doesn't jibe well with the realistic sportsplay. Some of the writing is simplistic, glossing over a situation or issue that would have been better depicted in a scene ``Kelly and her siblings never minded doing tasks their mother asked them to do''. All sorts of people pay more attention to Kelly's shoes than is reasonable to expect, and the answer to the mystery of her benefactor is too easy. But the book is packed with brisk, authentic action scenes on the court for which Christopher is well known, with appeal for middle reader sports lovers. Ages 9-11. September
School Library Journal
Gr 4-7 Kelly is a great basketball player, so long as she doesn't have to perform in front of a crowd. But after finding a pair of red hightop sneakers in her locker, she suddenly becomes a confident, aggressive, and slightly wild player. Everyone attributes the change to the new sneakers. Are they hexed? Kelly thinks so, and she begins to doubt her ability to play without them, even though they cause trouble with teammates and opponents. Christopher throws in clues to implicate many of Kelly's friends and the coach as the anonymous sneaker doner, but many of them are dead ends contrived to make this slight plot into a sports story with a mystery angle. There's little suspense in either category. The sports action is full of shot-jab-foul-shot, but even in the close games the tension isn't there to make it exciting. There's an unfortunate reference to not being an ``Indian giver.'' Once the unbelievable secret of the sneakers is revealedbest friend Ester had them chemically treated to improve Kelly's gamethe story comes quickly to a close. It's hard to believe the sudden interest everyone has in the power of Kelly's sneakers in this far-fetched story that is taken oh-so-seriously. Susan Schuller, Milwaukee Public Library
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316140898
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
  • Publication date: 9/1/1992
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 140
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 730L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 0.33 (w) x 5.00 (h) x 8.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Matt Christopher is the best selling name behind more than 100 sports-themed books for young readers.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2006

    Red-Hot Hightops rocked my socks

    Kelly, loves the game of basketball. Not only does she enjoy playing it in the back yard with her best friend Ester, but Kelly also loves to play on her middle school basketball team. When Kelly is playing basketball with Ester she has great skill, but once she hits the court, she changes into a clumsy, butter hands. That is until she finds a pair of mysterious red high tops in her locker. The red sneakers make Kelly play like a superstar, and for the first time, everyone starts to notice her, including her crush Anthony. After a while of playing like a superstar, Kelly¿s most special friendships begin to unravel. Kelly blames the sneakers for the negative changes in her life. After struggling with what the hightops are doing to her life, Kelly begins to realize what is really important, as well as how to be a better athlete without the shoes. According to some of the great sports enthusiast in my life, Red-Hot Hightops in a sports sense, is very accurate. Because Red-Hot Hightops¿s main subject is basketball, the text involves a lot of the technicalities of the game. With terms like dribbling, down court, shoot, basket, steal, foul, and pass, this book is sure to capture the attention of a juvenile basketball enthusiast.

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