Volleyball Dreams

Volleyball Dreams

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by Jake Maddox, Katie Wood
     
 

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Ramona loves sand volleyball but has a hard team being a team player. When she learns that the court will be destroyed by a plastic company, she must learn the importance of being part of a team.

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Ramona loves sand volleyball but has a hard team being a team player. When she learns that the court will be destroyed by a plastic company, she must learn the importance of being part of a team.

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Children's Literature - Elisabeth Greenberg
Ramona dreams of going to the Olympics to play beach volleyball. She wants it so much that she "yells a lot" according to teammate Teesha. She just cannot understand why everyone else does not want to win as badly as she does! When Coach Kayla tells the team that the volleyball park is going to be taken over by a factory, Ramona takes action. First she and her brother Jack organize a protest—no one cares. Then Ramona writes a passionate letter about her dreams and the need for a play park, but she tosses the letter into the wastepaper basket in despair. When one of her teammates quits, she is devastated; they cannot even field a team. But Coach Kayla has a secret solution. Bella arrives. She is a former competitor who has moved to their town and loves beach volleyball. Bella knows the secret to teamwork, too, and gives her mates specific and useful, pointers; they love her. She even seems to take over the protest idea and make it successful, with "Save Lakeview Park" T-shirts for both the Lakeview team and their competitors, her former team. Ramona feels left out and resentful, but Bella is just so nice it is hard to hold a grudge. This high interest story traces the development of Ramona's sportsmanship as she returns to playing for fun as well as winning; and of the budding friendship with Bella, who is anxious about moving to a new town just as Ramona was. They even share a dream, to be Olympic beach volleyball players. At the big meet Coach Kayla introduces the factory president, who promises that his company will fund a park for "a girl with such big dreams." Brother Jack mailed Ramona's trashed protest letter because "it was too important to just throw away." Targeted to reluctant readers through grade six, Volleyball Dreams has a useful glossary, discussion questions, and writing prompts as well as fun facts about beach volleyball. Reviewer: Elisabeth Greenberg

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781434239075
Publisher:
Capstone Press
Publication date:
02/01/2012
Series:
Jake Maddox Girl Sports Stories Series
Pages:
72
Sales rank:
264,686
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.30(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile:
430L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 11 Years

Meet the Author

Katie Wood fell in love with drawing when she was very small. Since graduating from Loughborough University School of Art and Design in 2004, she has been living her dream working as a freelance illustrator. From her studio in Leicester, England, she creates bright and lively illustrations for books and magazines all over the world.

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Volleyball Dreams 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Volleyball dreames i cainda read at schooll but to page 16 and that is all that i got to read so i want to read all of it because it was so good i want to read more and more and more intill i have read all of it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago