Shoot for the Hoop

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When Rusty Young is diagnosed with diabetes, his parents want him to stop playing basketball, but Rusty doesn't want to. When Rusty learns that his friends have formed a summer league team, he is determined to persuade his parents to let him join them.

Rusty Young has diabetes, so his parents want to keep him off the basketball court. Will the encouragement he receives from the coach--and his own determination to move back onto the court from the sideline--be enough...

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Overview

When Rusty Young is diagnosed with diabetes, his parents want him to stop playing basketball, but Rusty doesn't want to. When Rusty learns that his friends have formed a summer league team, he is determined to persuade his parents to let him join them.

Rusty Young has diabetes, so his parents want to keep him off the basketball court. Will the encouragement he receives from the coach--and his own determination to move back onto the court from the sideline--be enough for Rusty to change their minds?

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Children's Literature - Paula Rohrlick
Rusty loves basketball, and he is eager to play with his pals in the summer league, but he finds himself reluctantly serving as a referee instead. A few months back, Rusty had passed out on the court before learning that he has diabetes. Now he is used to being diabetic, and even though he cannot quite face giving himself insulin shots, he feels as if he is managing the disease just fine. The real problem is that his mother has forbidden him to play basketball again because she worries he might overdo it and have another bad insulin reaction. Then a young man named Alec Daws starts to take an interest in the boys' game, and he begins to coach them. Rusty steels himself and asks the doctor to teach him how to give himself injections, in order to get back to the sport he loves, and Alec starts to coach him, too. Alec has a disability of his own—he's missing two fingers from an accident—and he helps Rusty's parents understand how important it is for Rusty to be part of the team again. Can Rusty get back to being the basketball player he once was? As with all the Matt Christopher titles, lots of suspenseful sports action enlivens the story, and Rusty's struggle to not be treated as an invalid and to take responsibility for caring for his health is believable and sympathetic. Although this reissued entry in "The New Matt Christopher Sports Library" has an original 1963 publication date, the story feels up-to-date and the handsome hardcover format, with its new colorful cover and large print, will appeal to a new generation of young sports fans. Reviewer: Paula Rohrlick
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316141253
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
  • Publication date: 11/1/1995
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 142
  • Sales rank: 1,435,266
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 650L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 0.30 (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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