Shoot for the Hoop
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Shoot for the Hoop

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    978-1-59953-357-5

Look Inside Rusty Young wants to play basketball in the summer league, but his parents object because Rusty has been diagnosed with diabetes. That is only one of the obstacles Rusty has to overcome before he can join the team. These are Matt Christopher's best selling novels about sports and the kids who play them. Each story is over 100 pages and is packed with fast paced sports action that include subtle life lessons on sportsmanship, responsibility, and doing the right thing. The larger, more accessible type and redesigned covers will attract and ignite the interest of a new generation of Matt Christopher readers. The quality library paper and guaranteed library binding will keep the books circulating for years.

  • Fountas & Pinnell Level
    Q
  • Lexile Level
    650L
  • Reading Level
    4.3
  • Reading Level Range
    4.0-4.9
  • Dewey Number
    FIC
  • Binding
    Hardcover
  • Series
    The New Matt Christopher Sports Library
  • Copyright
    2010
  • Fiction/Non-Fiction
    Fiction
  • Grade Level
    3-6
  • Author
    Matt Christopher
  • Subject
    Basketball
This was a great read about a boy facing the challenges of everyday life and his recent diabetes diagnosis. The book talks about diabetes and osme of the side effects of the illness. It shows how a boy needs for his friends to treat him normally and how he can do everything they can even if he has a disease. Relates to most everyday life and challenges and how we tend to treat people different because we are not well informed about different types of illnesses. Sunni Preston, Teacher, University Meadows Elementary School.

Book Buzz, December 2010



Rusty Young loves to play basketball. He has his heart set on gaining a spot on the summer basketball league team. Unfortunately, Rusty faces a major health setback when he is diagnosed with diabetes. His parents are quite concerned and limit Rusty’s time to practice basketball. Readers will follow the main character through life’s ups and downs. Each chapter is filled with lots of basketball court action that is sure to appeal to basketball fans. Life lessons about loyalty, teamwork, and perseverance are the message of this addition to the Matt Christopher sports library series. A good choice for reluctant, male readers.

Richmond Public Schools, October 2010



This is an updated version of the original 1963 book. The main character is Rusty who overcomes health issues to play basketball. The characters include the other boys on the team and the coach. The beginning is about Rusty's fight to continue playing. The story goes on as the new coach helps the boys to improve. The end tells how well the team does in competition. Highly Recommended.

Richardson Independent School District's Library Media Services Book Review Program, June 2010
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