Star of the Team

Star of the Team

by Beverly Stowe McClure


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A girl.
A dream.
An accident.
A dream shattered.

Eleven-year-old Kate Taylor dreams of being the star of her basketball team, Angels. When Kate's tooth is knocked out at one of the games, and her mother, who is also her coach, says she can't play until the tooth the dentist replants heals, Kate's dreams are in jeopardy. Add Emily, the new girl at school who claims she's the best, and Kate faces a challenge to prove that she is the star.

Will Kate succeed? Or will Emily ruin Kate's plans?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781940310145
Publisher: 4RV Publishing
Publication date: 09/24/2014
Pages: 88
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.18(d)

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Star of the Team 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Literary_Classics_Reviews More than 1 year ago
Last year Kate was one of the the best players on her team. But now the new girl, Emily, has joined the Angels. When Emily stops bragging long enough to play, she proves she's actually pretty good, which really gets under Kate's skin. Kate wants nothing more than to be the star of the team; and she's willing to work hard to make that dream a reality. But when Kate has an accident on the court, her dreams are put on the back-burner. As she takes a break from basketball, Kate finds time for some insightful introspection. Author Beverly Stowe McClure continues to captivate young audiences with her book, Star of the Team, which speaks to girls on many levels. Her ability to portray the myriad of hopes, fears and frustrations of her young characters is a big part of what makes McClure an exceptional writer. Fans of McClure's writing will not be disappointed with this book which will appeal to young readers, even those who may not follow basketball. Star of the Team comes highly recommended for home and school libraries and has earned the Literary Classics Seal of Approval.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Michelle Robertson for Readers' Favorite Kate Taylor loves to play basketball. She played on the Angel's basketball team last season and dreams to be the star player on the team this season with the most points scored. With her mom as the coach and her sister's boyfriend Ray as the assistant coach, Kate feels she is as good as gold for the star position. But that dream suddenly takes a different turn in the road when Kate has an accident, and Emily, the new girl, begins to shine in her place. Is scoring the most points the only way to be a star player? Will Kate overcome the challenge of taking her star player spot back from Emily, or will Emily cause her dreams ultimate defeat this season?  Star of the Team by Beverly Stowe McClure is a wonderful children's book introducing young readers to the concepts of patience, teamwork, and friendship. Children often find themselves believing it is more important to be the best of the best when playing a sport, but at the age of the characters in the book - eleven - the most important issues in playing a sport are teamwork and learning the basics. The author does a great job portraying those concepts with creative character development and a heartfelt dialog throughout the book. The text is written as though it is coming straight from an 11-year-old's thoughts. The pure innocence of a youthful mind is both humbling and humorous. The life lesson and message included in the story are powerful. Children and adults alike who play sports, coach, or have played in the past will enjoy this story, but those readers who have not would benefit and enjoy reading it as well.
Mary_Waibel More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this fast paced read. This is a great story about dealing with jealousy: of teammates, of siblings, and of friends. Kate's struggles are very realistic, and I found myself rooting for her to not only find a way to get to play again, but to overcome her jealousy and become friends with Emily. A great read for a middle grade reader!
pksm1 More than 1 year ago
This book has many of my favorite middle grade elements. Our main character, Kate, is a perky and likeable kid, who loves to play basketball. New girl, Emily, joins their team and her gloating attitude rubs Kate the wrong way. When Kate is injured and can’t play, she worries that Emily will out score her and earn the Star of the Team honor.  I enjoyed the genuine dynamics among the kids and with the adults. Kate works hard to solve her problem—often with humorous results—while also accepting her new place on the team. She might not like being the assistant’s assistant, but she does it to stay involved. But I think what I liked the most was her genuine love of basketball. It seems strange in this enlightened age we live in that I am saying this, but it’s so nice to see a book about girls playing sports and taking it seriously.  Star of the Team is a well-written book that models good behavior in undesired circumstances, and demonstrates how a person can gain more by redefining their goals.
Melanie_Robertson-King More than 1 year ago
A great read at any age! I loved this book. The characters are well developed, the action in the basketball scenes is authentic and the plot is strong. Shattered dreams, pre-teen angst and jealousy are portrayed in a way that the reader is pulled deeper into the story. As an adult, I found the book short but for the middle grade audience it's targeted, the length is perfect. Perhaps this could be the beginning of a series that follows Kate, Emily and the others through school, sports and beyond. I can't wait to read more of Beverly's work.
Darby-Karchut More than 1 year ago
This is a great book for any school or classroom library! It has true-to-life characters, sports, tension, and a bit of coming-of-age. Perfect for the target market. Highly recommended!