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Caron Butler, 1980-

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After the death of his friend, Tony must work to make the basketball team, but when he gets the chance to join the squad as statistician, he must grapple with honoring the memory of his basketball-loving friend while also trying to fit in on the team.

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Genres
Sports fiction
Novels
Published
New York, NY : Katherine Tegen Books [2022]
Edition
First edition
Language
English
Physical Description
288 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Audience
Ages 8-12.
Grades 4-6.
ISBN
9780063069596
0063069598
Main Author
Caron Butler, 1980- (author)
Other Authors
Justin A. Reynolds (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

Dante loved basketball, spending any chance he got on the court and dragging his best friend, Tony, along, but everything changes when Dante is killed, shot by a police officer who is not being held accountable. The community is shattered, as are Tony and Dante's brother, Terry. Tony tries to make the basketball team, hoping to honor Dante, but he doesn't make the cut, and Terry is unreachable after his brother's death. Tony lands the role of team statistician, however, and as he leads the team to incredible wins, the game and the coach's support help Terry find hope in the future. This inspirational novel follows distinct, hardworking characters who come together as a team and unite their community in the face of unthinkable loss. They bring the injustice of Dante's death to the spotlight, while Tony's engaging narration spurs the novel on. An inspirational story that shows that while reality can at times be too sad to bear, it can also—with the support of loved ones—be filled with hope. Grades 5-8. Copyright 2022 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

When the police officer who killed his best friend, a hoops phenom, is back on the job, Tony, the statistician for the AAU basketball team, must deal with his own grief and help his community heal while leading his team to victory. Simultaneous eBook.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

After the death of his friend, Tony must work to make the basketball team, but when he gets the chance to join the squad as statistician, he must grapple with honoring the memory of his basketball-loving friend while also trying to fit in on the team.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

Former NBA All-Star Caron Butler and acclaimed author Justin A. Reynolds tip off the first book in a new middle grade series about a young boy trying to make his mark on an AAU basketball team coached by a former NBA star in his hometown. Perfect for fans of The Crossover and the Track series. *A Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection!Tony loves basketball. But the game changed recently when his best friend, Dante, a hoops phenom, was killed by a police officer. Tony hopes he can carry on Dante’s legacy by making the Sabres, the AAU basketball team Dante took to two national championships.Tony doesn’t make the team, but Coach James likes what he sees from Tony at tryouts and offers him another chance: join the team as the statistician. With his community reeling and the team just finding its footing on the court, can Tony find a path to healing while helping to bring the Sabres a championship?