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Kings of the Court
By (author): Alison Hughes
9781459812192 Paperback, Trade English Juvenile: Grade (CAN) from 4 - 7, Grade (US) from 4 - 7, Reading age from 9 - 12 JUVENILE FICTION / Sports & Recreation / Basketball North America Mar 14, 2017
$9.95 CAD
Active 5 x 7.5 x 0.5 in 192 pages FSC certified – mixed sources C103567 Orca Book Publishers
 
SYRCA Diamond Willow 2018, Short-listed
Once more unto the breach—or in this case, the basketball court.

When the Gladiators basketball team's nasty coach finally gets turfed midseason, things couldn't possibly get worse. The team hasn't won a game yet, and morale is at rock bottom. Sameer, who announces the games and keeps score, and Vijay, the team mascot, have their hands full keeping the team's spirits up. When they get promoted to assistant coach and manager, can they help a small, unathletic, Shakespeare-quoting drama teacher coach the team to victory, or at least to dignity? Or will the courtside drama eclipse even the school play?

Alison Hughes is an award-winning author of many books for children and young adults, including Hide and Shriek in the Orca Soundings collection. Alison volunteers for children and literacy and gives frequent presentations at schools, libraries and young-writer conferences. She lives in Edmonton with her family.

"Exuberantly multiracial and multiethnic...a good-hearted story of gladiators, kings, and kids with dreams." - Kirkus Reviews

"An unlikely blend of personalities and characters working together promotes the concept of tolerance and discovery of how two very different fields can cooperate to make positive change. Recommended for independent reading and literature circles and as a springboard for class or group discussion." - Resource Links

"Kings of the Court is well paced, and its characters are realistically rendered with depth...Hughes creates a cast of characters from various backgrounds, but they're not highlighted as ethnic characters, they're just people in the story...Readers don't need to be basketball fans to appreciate Kings of the Court; the book should appeal to anyone who likes a good story about overcoming challenges." - Quill & Quire

"Kings of the Court has great pacing...Sameer is an extremely likable character and an exemplary lead...The juxtaposition of theatre and sports creates an interesting dynamic that sets Kings of the Court apart from typical sports-themed novels. Recommended." - CM Magazine

"This is a solid sports fiction titles for middle grades with a bit of Shakespeare added for spice…Many sports fiction fans will find that this journey of a losing team provides appealing characters, a realistic plot, and plenty of events that take place on the court. The bonus is the depiction of the three types of coaches; competent, clueless, and angry. This title fills a niche for middle school libraries looking to broaden their sports offerings." - School Library Connection

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