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Formac Lorimer Books Spring 2014

Hoop Dreams



Product Form:


Form detail:

Paperback , Digest


Juvenile: Interest age, years 13 - 18, US school grade range 8 - 12, Reading age, years 13 - 18
Mar 19, 2014
$9.95 CAD


216 x 140 x 26 mm | 160 gr

Page Count:

136 pages
James Lorimer & Company Ltd., Publishers
JUVENILE FICTION / Sports & Recreation / Basketball
Children’s / Teenage fiction: Sporting stories
  • Short Description
Allie MacLean: the basketball player who won't let an injury destroy her dreams
Playing ball is what keeps Podium Sports Academy's basketball captain going when things get rough. When there's trouble back home, Allie turns to basketball. Ditto when her relationship is in trouble or when she's at odds with her friends. But then tragedy strikes when an old knee injury resurfaces and Allie is told she might not be able to play again. With her hope of a future as an elite basketball player gone, Allie is overwhelmed with dark thoughts and feels she has nothing left to live for. That is, until unexpected support comes from two unlikely sources: her folks back home and her friends at Podium, her home away from home.
[Fry Reading Level - 3.0

LORNA SCHULTZ NICHOLSON has written picture books, middle grade and YA fiction, and non-fiction. She has also written, produced, and hosted programs for television and radio, and is well known in Western Canada for her print journalism, including sports writing. Lorna regularly visits schools to share her passion for literacy with students. She lives in Edmonton with her husband and their two dogs.

"I'm really impressed with the writing and character development. Dialogue is realistic, and the pacing is exciting. Will be recommending more from the Podium series." - Jaime Tong,, Educator at Vancouver School Board

"Allie leads a cast of well-drawn, multicultural characters, some of whom have starred in other Podium books, giving a cohesive feel to this fictional high school. The action flows naturally, alternating between scenes of intense basketball action, solitary angst, and hanging with friends. Readers will identify with AllieÂs struggles and second-guess her choices, making this a valuable and worthwhile read for all teens -- elite athletes or not. Gripping, relatable and fast-paced, these books will appeal to a wide-ranging audience, particularly to teens reading below age level." - Penny Draper, National Reading Campaign

"Podium Sports Academy is a great concept. Take the pressures of a regular high school experience and dial them up tenfold -- and you have Podium Sports Academy." - Resource Links

"A very well written book about teens in high school, who don't have just the regular pressures of high school and growing up to deal with, but are also high performing athletes . . . Highly recommended to young readers." - Katarina Ortmann, NetGalley reviewer

"The [Podium series is designed to connect with teens by dramatically leading them through the possibilities their choices create and offering suggestions for successful outcomes. Author Lorna Schultz Nicholson achieves this without preaching to her readers."
- Sherry Faller,, Canadian Review of Materials (CM)

"Hoop Dreams is the perfect book for my students who need a short novel to get them engaged in reading again. Thank you to Lorimer and NetGalley for the opportunity to read this book. I will be ordering this and others for my struggling readers." - Melissa S., Educator, NetGalley Reviewer

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