Shooting Star

Overview

Quyen is a basketball star at her Ottawa school until a fight with her coach forces her to find another team. Her new teammates are hard to get along with and one of them goes out of her way to pick on Quyen. Then, when her parents start acting strangely, Quyen is forced to confront her family's past in Vietnam in order to face the challenges of the present. Shooting Star is a touching story of how past tragedy affects future generations, for good and ill.

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Overview

Quyen is a basketball star at her Ottawa school until a fight with her coach forces her to find another team. Her new teammates are hard to get along with and one of them goes out of her way to pick on Quyen. Then, when her parents start acting strangely, Quyen is forced to confront her family's past in Vietnam in order to face the challenges of the present. Shooting Star is a touching story of how past tragedy affects future generations, for good and ill.

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Editorial Reviews

CM: Canadian Review of Materials
"... the characters face the same issues that young readers experience in their lives. The (book) ... helps articulate the problems and show possibly how to overcome them."
CM Magazine
"... the characters face the same issues that young readers experience in their lives. The (book) ... helps articulate the problems and show possibly how to overcome them."
School Library Journal
Gr 4-6-These novels use sports as the framework for stories about families in crisis. In Shooting Star, eighth-grader Quyen Ha joins a local Bantam League basketball team in Ottawa and learns to deal with racial bias as she and her sister wait for their parents to reveal what is troubling them. There is good detail about Vietnamese family life and about basketball. In Power Hitter, Connor Wells, 13, is sent to Winnipeg to live with baseball-crazed relatives for the summer without being told that his parents have divorced and his mother is coping with chemotherapy. Connor discovers a hidden talent-he can really hit a ball. While the story is a little contrived, humorous events balance out some of the weaknesses. At first, the boy isn't supposed to know much about the game, yet he uses baseball terminology in conversation. These fast-paced stories will keep readers interested, particularly Matt Christopher's many fans.-Janice C. Hayes, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781550287264
  • Publisher: Lorimer, James & Company, Limited
  • Publication date: 10/27/2004
  • Series: Lorimer Sports Stories Series , #46
  • Pages: 112
  • Age range: 10 - 13 Years
  • Lexile: 870L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.75 (h) x 0.25 (d)

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