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Children's Fiction Basketball

Pick and Roll

by (author) Kelsey Blair

James Lorimer & Company Ltd., Publishers
Initial publish date
Mar 2014
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    Mar 2014
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    Mar 2014
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    Mar 2014
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 10 to 13
  • Grade: 4 to 8
  • Reading age: 7 to 10


Jazz Smith-Mohapatra is the toughest and best player on her basketball team -- and this year she's determined to lead the team to a championship win. But in the last game of the regular season, Jazz sets an offensive move called a pick and roll. A player on the other team doesn't see it coming; she crashes into Jazz, and then onto the floor. Though it's a play that Jazz has done many times, she's never hurt anyone before. Now there's going to be a Fair Play Commission hearing to determine whether the play was legal or not. But even worse than the possibility of being suspended for the playoffs, Jazz's teammates are suddenly questioning her physical style of play and whether the team can make it all the way to the pennant without her.


About the author

KELSEY BLAIR played varsity basketballfor the University of British Columbia, leading her team to two Canadian Interuniversity Sport National Championships, and has played semi-professionally in Sweden. She is the author of the Sports Stories Pick and Roll, which was selected as a Best Book for Kids and Teens by the Canadian Children's Book Centre, as well as Ugly Kicks and Making the Team. She lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.

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  • Winner, Canadian Children's Book Centre Best Books for Kids & Teens

Editorial Reviews

"This story, like others in the [Lorimer Sports Stories series, uses sport as the central theme to tell an engaging, relevant story for young readers.... There are some good lessons about friendship, learning to move on after a setback, and playing on a team."

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"A slam dunk for girls who love sports, and an excellent example of diversity without flag-waving."


"I found it very fascinating and would be happy to put it on the shelves at my library."

Librarian, NetGalley Reviewer

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