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Lucy Tries Basketball

by Lisa Bowes, illustrated by James Hearne

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basketball, new experience, imagination & play
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published: Sep 2019

Lucy and friends are out on the playground when they spot Ava playing basketball with her cousin Jermaine, a professional player. Jermaine calls the kids over for a lesson on the fundamentals of the game and how to play three-on-three When the kids finish, Jermaine invites them to watch him play in a pro game. Lucy, Ava and friends cheer on Jermaine and his teammates, keeping an eye out on the real court for the skills they learned at the playground.

Lucy Tries Basketball is the fifth title in the Lucy Tries Sports series, following books about hockey, soccer, short track and luge. The series encourages children to get active and participate in sports and recreation.
Also available in French as Lucy joue au basketball.

About the Authors
Lisa Bowes is a sports journalist and media consultant. While working for CBC, she was nominated for a Gemini Award for Best Writing in an Information Program or Series. She is a Physical Education graduate who is passionate about encouraging children and families to be active. Lisa lives in Calgary.
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James Hearne is an internationally recognized illustrator and graphic designer. He lives in Calgary.
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
6 to 8
1 to 3
Reading age:
6 to 8
Editorial Reviews

&quotLucy is a great role model for young children! In Lucy Tries Basketball she models how to live an active lifestyle and the importance of play. Lucy promotes the value of teamwork and social skills.&quot

— Glenn Young, MEd, educational-change and healthy-living consultant

&quotThe Lucy Tries Sports series is terrific for children! It inspires them to be physically active and reinforces so many aspects of their social skill development. A really positive assistance to parenting children.&quot

— Dave King, Member of the Order of Canada, Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame and IIHF Hall of Fame inductee

"It's a slam dunk."

— Kirkus Reviews

“Not only is Lucy Tries Basketball a lovely, happy little story, but it’s also informative...Kids will be able to put themselves in the characters’ shoes and see that nothing about the experience need be threatening or scary. Highly Recommended.”

— CM: Canadian Review of Materials

“The peppy, supportive approach and general overview may pique interest and encourage learning about and playing the sport.”

— Booklist

&quotLucy Tries Basketball helps us understand the many important reasons why everyone can and should be active.&quot

— David Legg, PhD , chair and professor, Department of Health and Physical Education, Mount Royal University

&quotLucy Tries Basketball is a unique and effective way of connecting with children and introducing them to the many benefits of trying sport.&quot

— Matt Young, founder of the Quality Coach Collective

“Lisa Bowes takes it straight to the hoop with another delightful story about Lucy and her friends taking up a new sport. If you listen you can hear their sneakers squeaking.”

— Michael Grange, basketball analyst and columnist for Sportsnet

&quotInformative and inspiring…Lucy Tries Basketball teaches kids of all ages how important it is to get—and stay—active.&quot

— Eric Smith, television and Sportsnet Radio play-by-play voice of the Toronto Raptors

“Illustrations show an inclusive, diverse group of children enjoying the game in a community park, and indoors in a large stadium. The short rhymes that make up the story makes for a quick, easy read.”

— Resource Links

&quotLucy Tries Basketball is a colorful and informative book that showcases inclusion and diversity. It is a fun introduction to the sport and will engage readers.&quot

— Marni Abbott-Peter, former premier wheelchair basketball player, three-time Paralympic gold medalist and Wheelchair Basketball Canada-certified coach

"Playing sports and being active empowers girls for life. Lucy Tries Sports encourages girls to try a wide range of sports and teaches them valuable lessons in leadership, supporting one another, and working towards—and achieving—your goals through sport!"

— Allison Sandmeyer-Graves, CEO at CAAWS (Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women and Sport and Physical Activity)

“Sports is all about having fun and making friends while maintaining a healthy lifestyle. The Lucy Tries Sports series encapsulates the power of sports, adds emphasis to the importance of inclusivity and does a fantastic job of encouraging youth to get involved, while also keeping books in their hands. Lucy Tries Basketball is another great instalment in the effort to spread the joy of sport!”

— Christina Buttenham, guard, McMaster Marauders, 2019 U Sports Women’s Basketball champions

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