Nick and Kia get excited when their school gym teacher announces a "three-on-three" basketball tournament. The two most dedicated players in grade three, they know they'll be tough to beat. But when Nick finds out they'll be up against teams in grade four and five, he is ready to throw in the towel before they start. How can shrimps like them ever hope to beat the older kids? Easy, get the best player in the school to be your third player. Marcus is bigger, tougher and in grade five.
But it's not as easy to convince Marcus to join their team. The older boy is often uneasy around them, but worse, Kia and Nick find themselves making enemies of some of the kids in the upper grade. Nick realizes it's going to take more than skill at basketball to win this tournament and make friends with Marcus without becoming targets for the older kids off the court.
About the Author
Eric Walters, Member of the Order of Canada, began writing in 1993 as a way to get his fifth-grade students interested in reading and writing. He has since published more than a hundred novels and picture books. He is a tireless presenter, speaking to over 100,000 students per year in schools across the country. He lives in Guelph, Ontario. For more information, visit www.ericwalters.net.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
We started this book and could not stop! My son and I felt as if we were part of the game. Now we look forward to reading Hoop Crazy, Full Court Press and Long Shot to see what adventure's Kia and Nick experience.
This is a great book that makes you feel like your right there in the crowd.If you are a kid who likes reading about other kids (like me),I recomend this book.It's about these three kids and there basketball adventures in the games, playoffs, practices, and finals. I havn't read its sequel yet, but I bet it's just as good. So, if your looking for a great read, boy, do I suggest this book!
Third graders, Nick and Kia are eager to sign up for the school's Three-on-Three basketball tournament. However, they have to play against the older grades. The grade 5 students have to even out the competition by being separated and placed on teams with younger kids. Nick and Kia are fortunate to have Marcus on their team, the best player in the school and they win the tournament but not without some trouble from other grade 5 players.