The Home Team

The Home Team

by Ruthann Lobo, Rebecca Lobo
     
 

Six feet four, All-American, Rebecca Lobo has become one of our country's most prominent ambassadors for women's sports. Playing center for the USA Basketball National Team, Lobo is the most recognized and celebrated talent women's basketball has ever seen. Five feet eleven, All-American Mother, RuthAnn Lobo is the woman who taught Rebecca that she could be a champion… See more details below

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Six feet four, All-American, Rebecca Lobo has become one of our country's most prominent ambassadors for women's sports. Playing center for the USA Basketball National Team, Lobo is the most recognized and celebrated talent women's basketball has ever seen. Five feet eleven, All-American Mother, RuthAnn Lobo is the woman who taught Rebecca that she could be a champion. A guidance counselor and educator, RuthAnn raised her daughter to envision new options without losing sight of old values. In this mother-daughter autobiography, Rebecca and RuthAnn remind us that family and faith are still at the heart of our lives. In alternating chapters, Rebecca and RuthAnn reflect on the joys and sufferings of growing up female. Rebecca shows us a tomboy, heads taller than schoolmates, playing basketball alone in her family driveway. RuthAnn recalls her own childhood and coming-of-age, reflecting on the differences between growing up female now and then. In December of 1994, Rebecca had just led her team to a crucial, nationally televised win over the University of Virginia. She wept openly on camera, but they were not tears of joy - she had just been told her mother had breast cancer. Rebecca writes poignantly about her fear of losing her mother and about the enormous strength her mother's courage gave her. RuthAnn, in turn, relates her own fear of dying, and the rediscovery and renewal of her faith in God.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
RuthAnn played basketball in college, became a teacher, married history teacher Dennis Lobo and taught her three children that "they could be anything they wanted." Possibly as a result, her daughter Rebecca went on to become the captain of the basketball team at the University of Connecticut, which won the national title in 1995, and the most outstanding player in that year's NCAA championship. She was named female athlete of the year by several groups and publications and has been selected for the women's national team that will represent the U.S. in this year's Olympics. In alternating chapters, mother and daughter write of their happy family and of their crisesfor RuthAnn, a successful battle against breast cancer; for Rebecca, the struggle to excel on the court and one day to find a male not intimidated by her height (6'4"). Without being preachy, their book affectingly demonstrates in action that overworked term family values. Photos not seen by PW. 50,000 first printing; $70,000 ad/promo; author tour. (July)
Library Journal
Rebecca Lobo, a standout college basketball player and member of the U.S. Olympic women's team, collaborates with her mother, Ruthann, in this celebration of family life and sport. As a minor celebrity whose popularity will likely soar come July, Rebecca writes well, as does Ruthann, who recounts her courageous battle with breast cancer. Highly recommended; the book will also fare well on YA shelves.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781568361406
Publisher:
Kodansha International
Publication date:
07/28/1996
Series:
America Series
Pages:
180
Product dimensions:
5.82(w) x 8.58(h) x 0.82(d)

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