Basketball Bats / Goof-Off Goalie

Paperback | October 27, 2009

byBetty HicksIllustratorAdam McCauley

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Basketball Bats
Henry and his four friends on Rockford Road are an unbeatable basketball team-on their driveway court. But without team T-shirts or an official name, can they take on the Tigers, a team that plays at the huge YWCA and has a player old enough to shave? Henry feels sure he can lead his friends to victory, but is he really a team player? Or is he a ball hog?

Goof-Off Goalie
There's nothing Goose wants more than to play goalie for his soccer team. It looks like so much fun-and so easy!-on TV. But can he quit daydreaming long enough to stop the ball? With Henry's training, Goose is sure he can go from goof-off to goalie in no time. Just as Goose starts to improve, Henry gets grounded because his grades are slipping. Will Goose help Henry in return? Or is being a goalie more important than friendship?

Basketball Bats and Goof-Off Goalie are both 2009 Bank Street - Best Children's Books of the Year.

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Basketball BatsHenry and his four friends on Rockford Road are an unbeatable basketball team-on their driveway court. But without team T-shirts or an official name, can they take on the Tigers, a team that plays at the huge YWCA and has a player old enough to shave? Henry feels sure he can lead his friends to victory, but is he really ...

Betty Hicks is the author of I Smell Like Ham and Animal House and Iz, as well as Out of Order and Busted!, which are both available from Square Fish. She's been praised for her works for older readers, now she turns her talents to chapter books for younger kids. She lives in Greensboro, North Carolina.Adam McCauley is the illustrator...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:128 pages, 7.09 × 5.44 × 0.42 inPublished:October 27, 2009Publisher:Square FishLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0312582471

ISBN - 13:9780312582470

Appropriate for ages: 6 - 8

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BASKETBALL BATS / GOOF-OFF GOALIEBasketball BatsGYMSHORTSBetty Hicks Illustrated by Adam McCauleyNEW YORK          Henry and his four friends on Rockford Road are an unbeatable basketball team--on their driveway court. But without team T-shirts or an official name, can they take on the Tigers, a team that plays at the huge YWCA and has a player old enough to shave? Henry feels sure he can lead his friends to victory, but is he really a team player? Or is he a ball hog?  "With McCauley's expressive spot illustrations accompanying Hicks's breezily simple text, this series will be a great stepping-stone for reluctant or new readers, easily introducing topical issues with its blend of humor and sports. A real score!"--Kirkus Reviews "In this promising start for the Gym Shorts series, Hicks finds just the right balance between story line, play-by-play action, and wry humor ... . Nearly every double-page spread includes a droll illustration by McCauley, the illustrator of Scieszka's Time Warp Trio series. A winner for young sports fans."--Booklist  LEXILE 340L1BUG JUICEHenry felt lucky. He had four friends.Exactly enough to make a basketball team.To Henry, playing sports was better than triple-scoop ice cream. Better than the circus coming to town. Better than anything.Henry dribbled the ball just inside the chalk line he'd drawn across his driveway. It marked the boundary of his backyard basketball court.He did a spin move and drove for the basket. A layup is too easy, thought Henry. Instead, he pulled up short. He aimed and threw up a mid-range jump shot. Swish!"I could squash you like a bug," snarled a gruff voice."Huh?" Henry stared at the boy at the top of his driveway. He had spiky hair. His body slouched to one side."Me and my friends," said Tough Guy. "The Tigers.We can beat anybody.""Yeah?" said Henry."Well, my friends are good, too.""I doubt it," sneered Tough Guy.I'd like to squash him like a bug, thought Henry.But he didn't say it out loud. Instead, he said, "We challenge you. Tomorrow. Right here--three o'clock.""Your funeral," said Tough Guy.BASKETBALL BATS. Text copyright © 2008 by Betty Hicks. Illustrations copyright © 2008 by Adam McCauley. All rights reserved. For information, address Square Fish, 175 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10010.

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"With McCauley's expressive spot illustrations accompanying Hicks's breezily simple text, this series will be a great stepping-stone for reluctant or new readers, easily introducing topical issues with its blend of humor and sports. A real score!" -Kirkus Reviews"In this promising start for the Gym Shorts series, Hicks finds just the right balance between story line, play-by-play action, and wry humor. . . . Nearly every double-page spread includes a droll illustration by McCauley, the illustrator of Scieszka's Time Warp Trio series. A winner for young sports fans." -Booklist"Hicks's new Gym Shorts series opens with two amusing, easy-to-read sports books for girls and boys. With enough technical jargon to keep aficionados happy and plenty of humorous subplots to appeal to the more casual sports enthusiast, these two books are just the thing for newly independent readers. . . . A great start to a promising series." -The Horn Book"McCauley's illustrations have a childlike quality, giving the impression that the characters themselves doodled in their school notebooks. These titles are ideal for easy chapter-book readers who aren't quite ready for Matt Christopher or Mike Lupica." -School Library Journal