Slam Dunk

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Sixteen-year-old Salvador "Slam" Amaro thinks being the assistant coach of the Brookfield High School girls' basketball team will be an easy gig. Show up, run a few drills and pad his resumé so he can win a spot on the Ontario Provincial Under-17 team. But Slam's job suddenly gets a lot harder when the girls' coach and her daughter, the star point-guard, vanish after being threatened. Getting to the bottom of their disappearance puts Slam in confrontation with a mysterious stalker. But that's not his only ...

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Overview

Sixteen-year-old Salvador "Slam" Amaro thinks being the assistant coach of the Brookfield High School girls' basketball team will be an easy gig. Show up, run a few drills and pad his resumé so he can win a spot on the Ontario Provincial Under-17 team. But Slam's job suddenly gets a lot harder when the girls' coach and her daughter, the star point-guard, vanish after being threatened. Getting to the bottom of their disappearance puts Slam in confrontation with a mysterious stalker. But that's not his only problem. With the girls facing playoff elimination, Slam has to come up with some new coaching strategies while he battles some tough competitors for a place on the Ontario squad.

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Editorial Reviews

The Baytown Sun
"Basketball playing readers will revel in the jargon: pivot, jump shot, rebound, dribble, layup. This teen novel from Orca Sports shows readers that always being the winner is not realistic and that everyone experiences how unfair life can be."
CM Magazine
"Much more than a sports novel. Here, readers see a skilled author working within the confines of a genre and transcending it. Recommended."
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"Slam learns some important lessons about sportsmanship and teamwork...This book would be a good addition to collections."
Children's Literature - JoAn Watson Martin
Salvador Luis Amaro prefers to be called Slam. Since basketball is his passion, the name, Slam, is perfect. He is less interested in a girls' basketball team, but he thinks that being the assistant coach will help him win a spot on the Ontario's Under 17 men's team. When Inez, the star point guard, and her mother, who happens to be the coach, disappear, Slam knows his coaching has multiplied beyond his capabilities. A threatening note written in all caps and the delivery of a dead tropical fish to Inez make Slam suspect that he has gotten mixed up in a game in which he is totally ignorant of the rules and strategies. Trying to help Inez and her mother, Slam gets beat up and finds it hard to get into the "Zone." When Slam gets to participate in the tryouts for the Ontario team, he notices all the guys checking him out. Who will make the final twelve? Slam does everything possible to impress the coach and prove that he is not a slacker. Basketball playing readers will revel in the jargon: pivot, jump shot, rebound, dribble, and lay-up. This teen novel from "Orca Sports" shows readers that always being the winner is not realistic and life is often not fair to someone. Reviewer: JoAn Watson Martin
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781554691326
  • Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/1/2009
  • Series: Orca Sports Series
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 1,492,200
  • Age range: 10 - 18 Years
  • Product dimensions: 4.20 (w) x 6.90 (h) x 1.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Kate Jaimet is an author and journalist who recently began a freelance career after many years as a daily newspaper reporter for the Ottawa Citizen. Kate lives in Ottawa, Ontario. More information is available at www.katejaimet.com.

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It was Mike and me on the fast break, two-on-one against a skins' defenseman. I was closing in on the top of the key, with the defenseman stuck to me like glue, when I saw Mike. He was wide open at the bottom of the key and calling for the ball.

One sharp pass to Mike and we'd clinch the win. But then I heard Coach Donovan's voice in my head: Whatcha got, kid? Whatcha got? And I thought: I'll show you what I've got.

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