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  1 No Slam Dunk
Author: Lupica, Mike
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Class: Fiction
Age: 10-14
Language: English
Demand: Moderate
LC: PZ7.L979
Grade: 5-9
ISBN-13: 9780525514855
LCCN: 2018006767
Imprint: Philomel Books
Publisher: Philomel
Pub Date: 11/06/2018
Availability: Available
List: $17.99
Physical Description: 229 pages ; 24 cm H 9.25", W 6.25", D 0.92", 0.925 lbs.
LC Series:
Brodart Sources: Brodart's For Youth Interest Titles
Brodart's For Youth Interest: Popular
Brodart's Insight Catalog: Teen
Brodart's TOP Young Adult Titles
Bibliographies: Children's Core Collection, 24th ed.
Middle and Junior High Core Collection, 14th ed.
Awards: Children's Choices Reading List
Horn Book Guide Titles, Rated 1 - 4
Starred Reviews:
TIPS Subjects: Sports Stories
Family Life
BISAC Subjects: JUVENILE FICTION / Sports & Recreation / Basketball
JUVENILE FICTION / Family / Parents
JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Friendship
LC Subjects: Basketball, Fiction
Basketball, Juvenile fiction
Fathers, Fiction
Fathers, Juvenile fiction
JUVENILE FICTION / Family / Parents
JUVENILE FICTION / Social Issues / Friendship
JUVENILE FICTION / Sports & Recreation / Basketball
Post-traumatic stress disorder, Fiction
Post-traumatic stress disorder, Juvenile fiction
Veterans, Fiction
Veterans, Juvenile fiction
SEARS Subjects: Basketball, Fiction
Reading Programs: Accelerated Reader Level: 5 , Points: 8.0
Lexile Level: 770
Reading Counts Level: 4.7 , Points: 14.0
Brodart's TOP Young Adult Titles | 11/01/2018
Publisher Annotation: A fast-paced, heartfelt story for basketball fans that proves being a good teammate remains the most important quality in basketball--and in life, from New York Times bestselling author Mike Lupica. 240pp.
Journal Reviews
Booklist | 09/01/2018
Grades 5-8. Combining contemporary issues with basketball action, this middle-grade novel will be a sure-fire hit with readers who love sports. Wes has been selected for an elite basketball team with some of the best players his age, including Dinero, another player who is at the top of the game. But Dinero plays for himself, likes to show off, and feels a bit threatened by Wes' talent. Off the court, Wes is dealing with his dad, a former Navy Seal who has returned from Afghanistan with PTSD. Lupica weaves contemporary family issues, such as mental illness and overinvolved sports parents, with action-filled basketball scenes. Detailed descriptions of basketball games every few chapters are sure to keep sports fans reading. Some of the current player references may date the book quickly, but the overall topics of teamwork and family will stay relevant. Hand this to readers of Tim Green or Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's Streetball Crew series. An additional purchase for collections where sports novels are popular. Sarah Bean Thompson. 240p. AMERICAN LIBRARY ASSOCIATION, c2018.
Horn Book Guide | 05/01/2019
3. As seventh grader Wes Davies's basketball team competes for a championship, his Navy-veteran father sinks into PTSD-caused alcoholism. Meanwhile, Wes's showy team nemesis "Dinero" challenges Wes's commitment--drilled into him by his father--to above all be a good teammate. Short chapters alternate between on-court action and Wes's home life. The resolution feels tidy, but hoops fans will root for resilient and likable Wes. cls. 229pg. THE HORN BOOK, c2019.
Kirkus Reviews | 08/15/2018
Can you be a leader and a teammate on the court and off? Wes Davies should be playing the best basketball of his life; he is a small forward on the elite Annapolis Hawks seventh-grade team, and his former nemesis, flashy point guard Dinero, is now his teammate. But victories on the court can't make up for troubles at home. Wes's father, Lt. Michael Davies, has returned from a final Navy SEAL mission in Afghanistan with injuries that are both physical and emotional. No longer his son's mentor and hero, Lt. Davies has moved out of the family home to combat the elusive enemy that is PTSD, relying on alcohol rather than his wife and son for support. Wes is convinced that if he can be a basketball standout, his father will again be the man he was. Meanwhile, Dinero has issues of his own, with a hypercompetitive father who aggressively stage-manages his son's career. Short chapters that leave readers intrigued will capture basketball fans who love exciting play-by-play and who appreciate references to the stars of today. Lupica handles complex issues of scarred veterans, fathers and sons, and the difference between competition and battle with ease, making the familiar story of the redemptive power of sports feel new. Wes is white, and Dinero is cued Latinx; naming conventions point to a diverse team overall. An easy-to-read sports book that taps into basketball as both a means of connecting characters and a platform for problem-solving. (Fiction. 10-14). 240pg. KIRKUS MEDIA LLC, c2018.
School Library Journal | 10/01/2018
Gr 4-7--Wes Davies's father always taught him that in basketball, what mattered most was being a good teammate. However, when Wes's dad comes back from his last Navy SEAL mission in Afghanistan, he isn't there to cheer Wes on as his travel team, the Annapolis Hawks, compete for a championship. As things get harder with his teammate Dinero and his father's struggles, Wes relies on basketball more than ever. Lupica's on-court descriptions are accurate and fast-paced; readers' hearts will beat to the shot clock and cheer on Wes's every move. The chapters are short and alternate between basketball and Wes's home life, making this a fast read for reluctant readers. But while he achieves gritty realism on the court, the non-sports scenes and themes are not as well executed. Lt. Davies's has PTSD and issues with alcohol abuse. Wes speaks of it often to his school counselor and mother, but never gets angry or has any negative emotions about the situation. Wes's only concern is for his father and his father's feelings. There is no reckoning or much accountability, just an acceptance of wrongdoing. Many readers will likely be left waiting for a confrontation that never comes as Wes's hero worship is taken to new extremes. VERDICT Purchase with caution where Lupica is very popular. Kerri Williams, Sachem Public Library, Holbrook, NY. 240p. SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL, c2018.
VOYA (Voice of Youth Advocates Magazine) | 12/01/2018
4Q 4P M. What happens when star players from opposing basketball teams join the same team? Seventh grader Wes finds out in his new elite league, playing for the Annapolis Hawks alongside his biggest opponent from last year, Dinero. Dinero has an ego as big as he is short, and Wes, taught by his father that the team is more important than the player, would let Dinero take the lead--but Coach has other ideas. It does not help Wes's game that his father's Mideast military duty has left him with a PTSD-triggered drinking problem and that Wes's mother will thus no longer allow him in the house. Wes is not ready to give up on his father, though. Is there a way that Wes's love of basketball can save both his team and his father? Lupica is well known for sports stories with heart, and this one does not disappoint. Wes and his family are sympathetic characters, and even at his worst, Wes's father never comes across as anything more or less than a man wrestling with a terrible problem. In the detailed and plentiful sports action, many middle school players may see their own struggles with teamwork versus individual prowess playing out between Wes and Dinero. Readers might also see their own parents in the fathers who push both children and coaches too hard in their efforts to see their children shine above all others. In the end, teamwork, kindness, and adult support win the day--and the game.--Rebecca Moore. The seventh-grade boy is a curiously delicate creature--one mention of feelings and he flees. For this reason, the successful combination of emotions and basketball in No Slam Dunk is surprising. Lupica subtly introduces the idea of a solid emotional support network in response to tough family situations, all the while highlighting values of teamwork and sportsmanship. This looks to be a book that kids will definitely step off the court to read. 4Q, 4P.--Anna Lindberg, Teen Reviewer. 240p. VOICE OF YOUTH ADVOCATES, c2018.