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Children's Fiction Basketball

Half-Court Trap

by (author) Kevin heronJones

James Lorimer & Company Ltd., Publishers
Initial publish date
Aug 2021
Basketball, Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance, Friendship, Emotions & Feelings, Boys & Men
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Aug 2021
    List Price
  • eBook

    Publish Date
    Aug 2021
    List Price
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Jan 2022
    List Price
    $27.99 USD

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 10 to 13
  • Grade: 3


The issues of male body image and rivalry come together in Half-Court Trap, set in racially diverse Brampton, Ontario. Thirteen-year-old Nigel is teased and belittled at home because of his weight, so an opposing player’s trash talk enrages him and he vows revenge. When his enemy becomes a teammate, Nigel plots to make him look bad and get him off the team. As Nigel finds out more about his rival, he not only learns empathy but comes to a new perspective on himself and acceptance of his body shape.


About the author

Kevin heronJones is a youth basketball coach, author, journalist, actor, lecturer and award-winning performance poet. He has numerous spoken word recordings and his poetry book titles include Vision, I AM a Child of the SUN and Telephone Love. He lives in Milton, Ontario.

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  • Short-listed, Hackmatack Children's Choice Book Award

Editorial Reviews

Half-Court Trap would be an excellent addition to any collection.


CM Review of Materials

Explores boyhood challenges and the value of teamwork, thoughtfully delivering realism and hope for reluctant readers.


Kirkus Reviews

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