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Children's Fiction Basketball

Off the Rim

by (author) Sonya Spreen Bates

Publisher
Orca Book Publishers
Initial publish date
Apr 2015
Category
Basketball, Bullying, Mysteries & Detective Stories
  • eBook

    ISBN
    9781459808904
    Publish Date
    Apr 2015
    List Price
    $0.99
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9781459808881
    Publish Date
    Apr 2015
    List Price
    $10.95

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 4 to 7
  • Reading age: 9 to 12

Description

Dylan’s wish comes true when Coach Scott names him to the starting lineup for the Mountview High Hunters’ first game of the playoffs. But just when he should be concentrating on basketball, Dylan becomes the target of some off-court aggression. As he’s driving his girlfriend, Jenna, home one night, a black pickup truck tries to run them off the road. The police call it an accident. But even as Dylan tries to put it behind him, he has a sense of impending danger that he can’t shake. When Jenna starts receiving threats from an anonymous cyberbully telling her to “keep quiet,” Dylan becomes seriously concerned about her safety. Jenna has no idea what the cyberbully thinks she knows. But Dylan will have to help her figure it out fast if they’re ever going to feel safe again.

About the author

Awards

  • Short-listed, YALSA Quick Picks nominee
  • Commended, Junior Library Guild selection

Editorial Reviews

"Will have great appeal to basketball fans as individual games are described play by play, in great...A satisfying short novel for reluctant readers."

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"Tight and authentic sports action combined with engaging characters make this title great for sports fans as well as readers who enjoy action and drama."

School Library Journal

"This novel moves at a very good pace, and the characters are both likeable and believable. The novel also has an ending that is unconventional yet strangely satisfying...for a sports novel. The author also tastefully deals with contemporary issues facing adolescents, issues such as online harassment and online bullying. This is one of my favorite books in the 'Orca Sports' series yet, and it would be a good addition to a school or public library. Highly Recommended."

CM Magazine

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