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Drive to the Hoop
Drive to the Hoop
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Jake Maddox

Drive to the Hoop

A girl on the JV basketball team was injured, and Mel has been asked to take her place. Mel is thrilled. But the girls on the freshman team aren't happy for her. In fact, they're being downright mean. How can Mel play to win when she doesn't have teammates on her side?

GenreSports Fiction
Reading LevelGrades 2-3
Interest LevelGrades 3-6
ATOS Level3.7
AR Points1
AR Quiz #141364
Text TypeLiterature: Narrative
PublisherStone Arch Books
BrandJake Maddox
Page Dimensions5 1/4" x 7 1/2"
Page Count72
BindingReinforced Library Binding
List Price: $25.32 School/Library Price

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School Library Journal - Elizabeth Swistock

"In Cheer Captain, Julia wants to become captain of the cheerleading squad at her new middle school. However, she worries that if she does, it could harm her friendship with Ava, another cheerleader and a friend. In Drive to the Hoop, Mel is also new in town. She has a chance to move up from the freshman basketball team to JV, but this upsets the other freshman players. Mel, like Julia, wonders if she can form friendships while being successful in her sport. Both easy chapter books deal with popularity and competition from a female perspective, which is a nice niche to fill. Unfortunately, the stories are contrived, and the illustrations are poorly executed. These hi/lo titles are extremely formulaic but are likely to circulate and could be considered for larger collections." - School Library Journal

May 1, 2011

Jake Maddox

Jake Maddox

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.

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