Hoop Dreams

Category: Book
By (author): Schultz Nicholson, Lorna
Series: Lorimer Podium Sports Academy
Subject:  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / General
  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Social Themes / Emotions & Feelings
  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Social Themes / Suicide
  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Sports & Recreation / Basketball
Audience: young adult
Awards: Canadian Children's Book Centre Best Books for Kids & Teens Winner
Publisher: James Lorimer & Company Ltd., Publishers
Published: March 2014
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 136
Size: 8.50in x 5.50in x 1.00in
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From The Publisher*Playing ball is what keeps Podium Sports Academy's basketball captain going when things get rough. When there's trouble back home, Allie turns to basketball. Ditto when her relationship is in trouble or when she's at odds with her friends. But then tragedy strikes when an old knee injury resurfaces and Allie is told she might not be able to play again. With her hope of a future as an elite basketball player gone, Allie is overwhelmed with dark thoughts and feels she has nothing left to live for. That is, until unexpected support comes from two unlikely sources: her folks back home and her friends at Podium, her home away from home. [Fry Reading Level - 3.0]
From The Publisher*Allie MacLean: the basketball player who won't let an injury destroy her dreams
Review Quote*"I'm really impressed with the writing and character development. Dialogue is realistic, and the pacing is exciting. Will be recommending more from the Podium series."
Review Quote*"Allie leads a cast of well-drawn, multicultural characters, some of whom have starred in other Podium books, giving a cohesive feel to this fictional high school. The action flows naturally, alternating between scenes of intense basketball action, solitary angst, and hanging with friends. Readers will identify with Allie's struggles and second-guess her choices, making this a valuable and worthwhile read for all teens -- elite athletes or not. Gripping, relatable and fast-paced, these books will appeal to a wide-ranging audience, particularly to teens reading below age level."
Review Quote*"Podium Sports Academy is a great concept. Take the pressures of a regular high school experience and dial them up tenfold -- and you have Podium Sports Academy."
Review Quote*"The [Podium] series is designed to connect with teens by dramatically leading them through the possibilities their choices create and offering suggestions for successful outcomes. Author Lorna Schultz Nicholson achieves this without preaching to her readers."
Biographical Note

LORNA SCHULTZ NICHOLSON has published more than a dozen sports novels for tweens as well as hockey non-fiction for adults. Her books have been included as Canadian Children's Book Centre Best Bets for Kids & Teens selections and shortlisted for the Saskatchewan Young Reader's Choice Diamond Willow Award and the Golden Eagle Children's Choice Book Award. She lives in Calgary, Alberta.