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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.

Assistant coach of the ...

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Overview

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.

Assistant coach of the girl's basketball team. Sounds like an easy gig for sixteen-year-old Salvador "Slam" Amaro. Show up, run a few drills and pad his résumé so he can win a spot on the Ontario Under 17 men's team. But Slam hasn't bargained on the girls' head coach and the star point guard going missing. With the girls facing playoff elimination, Slam has to solve the mystery of their disappearance and take over as head coach of the team while battling some touch competitors for his own 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: 478,471
  • 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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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2013

    GREAT READ

    A very entertaining story:
    The point guard of the girls basketball team shows up to a practice with a black eye so bad, she can't see. The assistant coach, Slam, feels that he needs to know what is going on. He looks for clues and asks the point guard many questions, but she won't spill any beans. Eventually, Slam finds out that the star point guard is being threatened and abused, and she could be in danger. One day, a letter comes in the mail that is meaning to warn somebody about something. It is a threat. Then soon after, a suprise package comes along. It is a very disturbing package. In the meantime, Slam is trying out for a travel basketball team. He thinks that he can be the best out of everyone. But he is not impressing the coach at all. Will Slam find out who is out to get the point guard? Will Slam realize that he needs to be a leader? Will Slam make the travel team at all? Will the girls be ready for their championship game? Who knows all the answers? I do!! And soon you will too when you read this book. So get it and enjoy it!!
    This book is a great sporty mystery that is a fictional novel. You will not be able to put this book down! This book is appropriate for ages older than 6. Anyone else can read it!! An easy read. Highly recommended. But, if you a not into mysteries, and definitely not into sports at all, this is probably not the book for you. You should probably find a different book because this one may drag and bore you. But hopeully it won't!! Please read! Amazing story!
    -Audrey

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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