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Hoop Rat
Hoop Rat
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Reviewed Titles Accelerated Reader
Sports Illustrated Kids Graphic Novel

Hoop Rat

Trey McTiernan, the Spartans' team captain, becomes fast friends with Griffin Henshaw, the newest member of their squad. The problem is, Griff used to play for the Spartans' biggest rivals, the Goliaths, and the rest of the Spartans' think he's a rat. So, Trey's teammates set a trap for Griff to see where his loyalties lie -- and they ask Trey to be the bait! Trey doesn't know what to do. If his teammates are right, then betraying his friendship with Griff will save their season. But if they're wrong, then Trey will end up being the rat . . .

GenreSports Fiction
Reading LevelGrades 2-3
Interest LevelGrades 3-8
Lexile LevelGN550L
ATOS Level3.1
AR Points0.5
AR Quiz #141376
PublisherStone Arch Books
BrandSports Illustrated Kids Graphic Novel
Page Dimensions5 1/4" x 7 1/2"
Page Count56
BindingReinforced Library Binding
List Price: $27.32 School/Library Price



School Library Journal - Travis Jonker

"Standard sports clichés play out in both titles. In Hoop Rat, Griffin Henshaw, 14, joins the Spartans but doesn’t receive a warm welcome–he’s the former captain of the archrival Goliaths, and his new teammates wonder where his true allegiance lies. In Scramble, reluctant backup QB Ben Paulson, 14, must step into the big shoes of suspended golden boy Wes Blake. Both books build tension, leading to high-pressure games at their climaxes. Brisk pacing should keep readers interested, but the stories have fairly abrupt conclusions. Themes of self-confidence, loyalty, and friendship come across loud and clear. Characters are flat, with a minimum of development. Design plays a key role, as each book opens with an ESPN-style “special report” featuring main character bios and a “ticker” at the bottom of the page. The stylized, vaguely anime-inspired art employs bright colors and dramatic shifts in perspective to keep the excitement high. While both titles have generic plots, sports-loving reluctant readers will likely be sucked in." - School Library Journal

July 1, 2011

Scott Ciencin

Scott Ciencin

Scott Ciencin is a New York Times bestselling author of children’s and adult fiction. He has written comic books, trading cards, video games, television shows, as well as many non-fiction projects. He lives in Sarasota, Florida with his beloved wife, Denise, and his best buddy, Bear, a golden retriever.

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