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Children's Fiction Basketball

Bank Shot

by (author) Valerie Pankratz Froese

James Lorimer & Company Ltd., Publishers
Initial publish date
Aug 2021
Basketball, Siblings, Girls & Women, Parents
Recommended Age
10 to 13
Recommended Grade
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Aug 2021
    List Price
  • eBook

    Publish Date
    Aug 2021
    List Price

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This girls’ basketball story deals with the conflict between family caregiving responsibilities and extra-curricular sports that some kids, particularly girls, often face. Jo loves playing basketball in gym class, and she is surprised when she makes the school team. Because she has to babysit her younger brother, she’s afraid her mom will make her give up her place on the team, so instead, Jo hatches a plan to have a neighbour secretly babysit so she can play. But the deception and secrets start getting to her after a few close calls. While Jo shows initiative and problem-solving skills both on and off the court, will her mom see it that way when she’s found out?


About the author

Contributor Notes

VALERIE PANKRATZ FROESE grew up playing sports and started coaching at a young age. Her love of coaching drew her to a career in teaching, where she taught both elementary and middle school. Valerie lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba.


Editorial Reviews

A tidy tale, villain- and (unusually, these days) bully-free, with clear but not heavy-handed game and life coaching.


Kirkus Reviews

Bank Shot is a fast-paced read for reluctant readers or basketball fans.


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