Off the Rim (All-Star Sports Story)

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CHRIS SKALLERUP YEARNS to be more than a benchwarmer on the Oak View Middle School basketball team. To improve his game, he turns to one of his best friends, the high-scoring star of the middle school girls team, Greta "Gretzky" Pemberton. But, it s Greta s mom who was a high school basketball star without ever making a basket who teaches him that defense is just as important as offense to a team s success on the court.

With the help of Greta and her mom, Chris begins to change his defensive strategy and successfully learns to keep his opponents from scoring. To his surprise, Chris becomes a valuable player on the school team while hardly scoring at all.

In the sports history epilogue, readers learn about the development of women s basketball, and the six-on-six game in which three of the team s players were only allowed to play offense in half of the court, while three played defense in the other half, emphasizing the importance of teamwork.

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Fred Bowen is the author of the AllStar SportStory series. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Bowen received his law degree from George Washington University. A lifelong sports fanatic, he is a youth league baseball, basketball, and soccer coach, in addition to being a U.S. Department of Labor lawyer who spends his lunch hours and subway commutes writing. Bowen lives in Maryland.

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"Bowen is quickly joining the ranks of today's most popular sports-fiction authors.... he skillfully interweaves fact and fiction and uses historical sports plays and concepts as a backdrop for the story." --School Library Journal

"If you are a sports fan or just love sports books, you should check out the new AllStar SportStory series by Fred Bowen.... Bowen is a natural when it comes to writing sports stories and informing his readers about the past. These books are perfect for kids ages 8 to 12." --Newsday

"[Bowen's] pace is excellent and he has a knack for efficient evocation...." --Washington Post

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