Volleyball Ace

Volleyball Ace

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Overview

Until now, Layla has balanced her school work and volleyball easily enough. In eighth grade, though, academic expectations are tougher. Student-athletes need at least a C average in all classes to play sports. When Layla's dedication to volleyball puts her algebra grade at risk, her chances of making the high school freshman team next year are on the line. Can she find a way to ace her classes like she does on the court?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781496599179
Publisher: Capstone
Publication date: 08/01/2020
Series: Jake Maddox JV Girls
Pages: 96
Sales rank: 224,295
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 7.50(h) x (d)
Lexile: 690L (what's this?)
Age Range: 9 - 12 Years

About the Author

Who is Jake Maddox? Athlete, author, world-traveler – or all three? He has surfed in Hawaii, scuba-dived in Australia, and climbed the mountains of Peru and Alaska. His books range from the most popular team sports to outdoor activities to survival adventures and even to auto racing. His exploits have inspired numerous writers to walk in his footsteps – literally! Each of his stories is stamped with teamwork, fair play, and a strong sense of self-worth and discipline. Always a team-player, Maddox realizes it takes more than one man (or woman) to create a book good enough for a young reader. He hopes the lessons learned on the court, field, or arena and the champion sprinter pace of his books can motivate kids to become better athletes and lifelong readers.

Cindy L. Rodriguez is the author of the YA novel When Reason Breaks and has contributed to the anthology Life Inside My Mind: 31 Authors Share Their Personal Struggles. She has also written the text for Volleyball Ace, Drill Team Determination, and Gymnastics Payback, all part of the Jake Maddox series. Before becoming a teacher, she was an award-winning reporter for The Hartford Courant and researcher for The Boston Globe's Spotlight Team. She is a founder of Latinxs in Kid Lit, a blog that celebrates children's literature by/for/about Latinxs. Cindy is a big fan of the three Cs: coffee, chocolate, and coconut. She is currently a middle school reading specialist in Connecticut, where she lives with her family.

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Appeals to fans of the original Jake Maddox series. This series is Jake Maddox taken to the next level — has slightly higher reading and interest levels and protagonists face tougher challenges and opponents;,Sports subject provides high interest level while engaging text and short chapters allow struggling readers a chance to practice reading;,Easy-to-read, simple plot, with the reluctant reader in mind. "More About" section encourages readers to find out more about the sports they are interested in and glossary helps strengthen vocabulary;

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