Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 9 to 13
- Grade: 4 to 8
- Reading age: 7 to 10
When Debbie is on the basketball court she feels free and alive. But while she's a good player she's also an aggressive one, and rough tactics get her in trouble more than once.
Off the court she's different from other girls, a foster child without "real" parents of her own. When Debbie learns she's going to be adopted, her world is turned upside down. Until, that is, she's accused of stealing from a teamate. From then on, it's an uphill battle to prove herself to her new parents and her team.
Home Court Advantage shows how young players' behavior on the court and their lives off it are inextricably linked. [Fry Reading Level - 3.2
About the author
SANDRA DIERSCH has taught writing courses to British Columbia students and aspiring adult writers. She has written eight books to date, including Offside! and Home Court Advantage, both Canadian Children's Book Centre Our Choice selections. She lives in Maple Ridge, B.C., with her husband and young daughter.
- Winner, Canadian Children's Book Centre Our Choice Selection
Home Court Advantage would appeal to a wide variety of readers who like human interest stories, sport stories and realistic fiction. It would be a good choice for school, public and personal libraries.
CM: Canadian Review of Materials
Praise for Sandra Diersch's fiction:
"Attractively presented and written in accessible prose, this commendable addition to the Sports Stories series is an ideal choice for the young female athlete. Recommended."
Canadian Book Review Annual