Twelve-year-old Danny Walker may be the smallest kid on the basketball court -- but don't tell him that.
When he is cut from his local travel team, the very same team his father led to national prominence as a boy, Danny's father knows Danny isn't the only kid who was cut for the wrong reason, and together, this washed-up former player and a bunch of never-say-die kids prove that the heart simply cannot be measured.
Told from the perspective of four unlikely friends, Nora Raleigh Baskin's poignant novel focuses on the action, drama, and fun of playing ball and explores what it takes to be a winner of the game—both on the court and off.
Fred Bowen keeps readers on the edge of their seats with play-by-play basketball action and real court strategy along with a story about winning and losing as well as the value of practice and competition.
Getting on the team turns out to be easy―the rest of the boys are as supremely untalented as Kirby ― but winning in order to be eligible to meet basketball legend McGrew is a whole different problem.
The coach's radical new plan for success involves the boys playing in their underwear. But if this crazy idea works, Kirby will get to meet his hero ― who he secretly also hopes is his long-lost father.
Stanford Wong is having a bad summer. If he flunks his summer-school English class, he won't pass sixth grade. If that happens, he won't start on the A-team. If *that* happens, his friends will abandon him and Emily Ebers won't like him anymore.
The backboard shatters and glass flies everywhere after a powerful slam dunk. What an amazing scene! But have you ever wondered how it happens? Learn what goes into each shot, pass, and all the exciting plays in basketball.