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Children's Fiction Basketball

Last Pick

by (author) David Starr

Publisher
James Lorimer & Company Ltd., Publishers
Initial publish date
Feb 2021
Category
Basketball, Girls & Women, Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance, Special Needs, Bullying
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9781459415805
    Publish Date
    Feb 2021
    List Price
    $12.95
  • eBook

    ISBN
    9781459415812
    Publish Date
    Feb 2021
    List Price
    $8.99

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 10 to 13
  • Grade: 3.8

Description

Last Pick shows how determination can help overcome obstacles — even bullying. Growing up with a developmental condition that left her clumsy in both movement and speech, Jazz was teased and never had the chance to play team sports. Now rid of her symptoms, Jazz is ready to play basketball at her Vancouver junior high, but the reappearance of an old bully makes her question herself and tempts her to let down the team that is counting on her. With a focus on ability and team loyalty, Last Pick emphasizes teamwork and countering bullying with fairness and forgiveness.

 

About the author

David Starr is a prize-winning author of five previous books. In The Nor’Wester, he told Duncan’s story of fleeing Scotland to Canada, where he joins Simon Fraser on his epic 1808 voyage by canoe down the Fraser. Bombs to Books chronicles the stories of refugee children and their families coming to B.C. Golden Goal and Golden Game are young adult soccer-themed books for reluctant readers. The Insider’s Guide to K–12 Education in B.C. is a resource guide for parents about the B.C. school system. David grew up in Fort St. James in northern British Columbia, and he now lives in Greater Vancouver with his wife, four children and a dog named Buster. He is one of the UBC Faculty of Education’s Top 100 Graduates and a school administrator in Metro Vancouver. For further information and readings availability, visit www.davidstarr.org.

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Editorial Reviews

"Current and delivering an important message, Last Pick is a must-read. Highly recommended."

 

CM: Canadian Review of Materials

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