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Transfer student Chris Patton looks and moves like a basketball player--but claims he's not one. Coach Doug Fulton wants to know why, and he discovers a tragedy in Chris's past that prevents him from playing the game he loves. "Readers who look for play-by-play action in basketball books will find several convincing game scenes here."--Booklist.
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Mike Wimmer is the illustrator of a number of highly acclaimed picture books, including All the Places to Love, written by Patricia MacLachlan, and Train Song, written by Diane Siebert. He lives in Norman, Oklahoma.From School Library Journal:
Grade 5-9-Small-town high school basketball coach Doug Fulton needs a good center. He notices a tall, athletic-looking transfer student named Chris Patton and wonders why he's not interested in playing. Some investigation reveals that the boy was involved in an unusual accident that left an opposing player with a damaged eye. Eventually, Chris decides to suit up and the Panthers excel. However, another accident causes him to quit, and it is only after some scrabbling on the part of Fulton and the team manager that Chris is convinced that the injuries caused by his flying elbows are not his fault. At the novel's end, the Panthers seem ready to win a conference championship. This is a fairly common plot from old-fashioned boxing stories-boxer hurts man in ring, etc.-folded into a basketball setting. It's somewhat original in that it is told from the coach's perspective and not a player's. Because of this, Fulton is the only character readers get to know very well. Yet, he's certainly a nice guy and sports fans will appreciate seeing how he tries to mold his team. Although a simple story, it is well told, and readers will appreciate the straightforward plot and action.
Todd Morning, Schaumburg Township Public Library, IL
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Book Description HarperCollins, 1994. Hardcover. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0688128211
Book Description HarperCollins, 1994. Condition: New. Michael Wimmer (illustrator). book. Seller Inventory # M0688128211