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Three on Three
     

Three on Three

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by Eric Walters
 

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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

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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.

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Children's Literature - Children's Literature
Eric Walters, basketball coach turned writer, has given basketball enthusiasts in the third through fifth grade a chapter book they will enjoy. And this goes for boys and girls alike, which continues a refreshing trend in fiction for kids. Nick is ten years old and his best friend, Kia, is also 10. They have the love of the game in common as well as the fact that they are the best players in the third grade. When a school competition is announced, they have to choose a third person to team up with for the First Annual Clark Boulevard Three-on-Three Basketball Tournament. Marcus, the fifth grader they choose, lives with his father in a lower income neighborhood. While he is a great basketball player, he struggles with writing the essay that each kid needs to submit to qualify for the competition. These differences, ones that the kids seem to take in their stride, come to the forefront when Nick's mom suspects that Marcus may have stolen money from her purse. Though not developed in depth, the novel has a worthwhile message about jumping to conclusions. However mostly, it is just a fun book about playing hard and loving the game of basketball. 1999, Orca Book Publishers, Ages 8 to 11, $4.50. Reviewer: Kathleen Orosz

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781551431703
Publisher:
Orca Book Publishers
Publication date:
01/01/1999
Series:
Orca Young Readers
Pages:
128
Sales rank:
727,205
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.30(d)
Lexile:
510L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 11 Years

Meet the Author

Order of Canada member, Eric Walters has published almost 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.

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Three on Three 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!