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Lucy Tries Sports
Lucy Tries Basketball
By (author): Lisa Bowes Illustrated by: James Hearne
9781459816978 Paperback, Trade, Picture book English Juvenile: Age (years) from 6 - 8, Grade (CAN) from 1 - 3, Grade (US) from 1 - 3, Reading age from 6 - 8 JUVENILE FICTION / Sports & Recreation / Basketball Sep 03, 2019
$12.95 CAD
Active 9 x 9 x 0.13 in 32 pages full color illustrations FSC certified – mixed sources C013314 Orca Book Publishers
TD Summer Reading List Top Ten 2020, Commended
Lucy and friends try out one of the world's most popular sports!

Lucy and friends are out on the playground when they spot Ava playing basketball with her cousin Jermaine, a professional player. Jermaine calls the kids over for a lesson on the fundamentals of the game and how to play three-on-three When the kids finish, Jermaine invites them to watch him play in a pro game. Lucy, Ava and friends cheer on Jermaine and his teammates, keeping an eye out on the real court for the skills they learned at the playground.

Lucy Tries Basketball is the fifth title in the Lucy Tries Sports series, following books about hockey, soccer, short track and luge. The series encourages children to get active and participate in sports and recreation.

Also available in French as Lucy joue au basketball.

Lisa Bowes is a sports journalist and media consultant. While working for CBC, she was nominated for a Gemini Award for Best Writing in an Information Program or Series. She is a Physical Education graduate who is passionate about encouraging children and families to be active. Lisa lives in Calgary.

James Hearne is an internationally recognized illustrator and graphic designer. He lives in Calgary.

Key Selling Points
Lucy Tries Basketball introduces young readers to the fun and excitement of this popular court game that can be played by all.
Basketball is enjoyed by millions of people around the world--FIBA (The International Basketball Federation) has 213 member countries.
Basketball is the fastest growing sport for youth under the age of 16.
Wheelchair Basketball is the most popular team sports in the Paralympics.
Lucy Tries Basketball’s opening scene promotes accessible, nature-based playgrounds for all.
Lucy's friends are the same diverse crew that has been featured in each book in the series, with the addition of a new friend, Brett, who is olive-skinned and in a wheelchair. He plays basketball in a special chair made just for the sport.
The author played guard in high school and covered the NBA, Toronto Raptors and provided the play-by-play commentary for U Sports Women’s Basketball on TSN.

Marketing and Promo Plans

Print and online advertising campaigns
Promotion at national and regional school, library and trade conferences
Extensive ARC distribution, including NetGalley
Blog and social media promotion
Planned appearances at local writers festivals

"The Lucy Tries Sports series is terrific for children! It inspires them to be physically active and reinforces so many aspects of their social skill development. A really positive assistance to parenting children." - Dave King, Member of the Order of Canada, Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame and IIHF Hall of Fame inductee

"Playing sports and being active empowers girls for life. Lucy Tries Sports encourages girls to try a wide range of sports and teaches them valuable lessons in leadership, supporting one another, and working towards—and achieving—your goals through sport!" - Allison Sandmeyer-Graves, CEO at CAAWS (Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women and Sport and Physical Activity)

"Lucy Tries Basketball is a colorful and informative book that showcases inclusion and diversity. It is a fun introduction to the sport and will engage readers." - Marni Abbott-Peter, former premier wheelchair basketball player, three-time Paralympic gold medalist and Wheelchair Basketball Canada-certified coach

"Lucy Tries Basketball helps us understand the many important reasons why everyone can and should be active." - David Legg, PhD , chair and professor, Department of Health and Physical Education, Mount Royal University

"Lucy is a great role model for young children! In Lucy Tries Basketball she models how to live an active lifestyle and the importance of play. Lucy promotes the value of teamwork and social skills." - Glenn Young, MEd, educational-change and healthy-living consultant

"Lucy Tries Basketball is a unique and effective way of connecting with children and introducing them to the many benefits of trying sport." - Matt Young, founder of the Quality Coach Collective

"Informative and inspiring…Lucy Tries Basketball teaches kids of all ages how important it is to get—and stay—active." - Eric Smith, television and Sportsnet Radio play-by-play voice of the Toronto Raptors

“Sports is all about having fun and making friends while maintaining a healthy lifestyle. The Lucy Tries Sports series encapsulates the power of sports, adds emphasis to the importance of inclusivity and does a fantastic job of encouraging youth to get involved, while also keeping books in their hands. Lucy Tries Basketball is another great instalment in the effort to spread the joy of sport!” - Christina Buttenham, guard, McMaster Marauders, 2019 U Sports Women’s Basketball champions

“Lisa Bowes takes it straight to the hoop with another delightful story about Lucy and her friends taking up a new sport. If you listen you can hear their sneakers squeaking.” - Michael Grange, basketball analyst and columnist for Sportsnet

"It's a slam dunk." - Kirkus Reviews

“The peppy, supportive approach and general overview may pique interest and encourage learning about and playing the sport.” - Booklist

“Illustrations show an inclusive, diverse group of children enjoying the game in a community park, and indoors in a large stadium. The short rhymes that make up the story makes for a quick, easy read.” - Resource Links

“Not only is Lucy Tries Basketball a lovely, happy little story, but it’s also informative...Kids will be able to put themselves in the characters’ shoes and see that nothing about the experience need be threatening or scary. Highly Recommended.” - CM: Canadian Review of Materials

“A fun introduction to the sport, an encouragement to try new things, and a reassurance that mistakes are part of the learning process.” - Glass of Wine, Glass of Milk blog

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Also Available

Lucy Tries Hockey Lisa Bowes 9781459816947 $12.95 CAD Sep 18, 2018
Lucy Tries Soccer Lisa Bowes 9781459810228 $12.95 CAD Apr 26, 2016
Lucy Tries Short Track Lisa Bowes 9781459810259 $12.95 CAD Jan 19, 2016


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