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Children's Nonfiction Basketball


Supercool Facts You Never Knew

by (author) Kevin Sylvester

Annick Press
Initial publish date
Oct 2017
Basketball, General, General
Recommended Age
9 to 12
Recommended Grade
4 to 7
Recommended Reading age
9 to 12
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Oct 2017
    List Price
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Oct 2017
    List Price
  • eBook

    Publish Date
    Dec 2017
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Everything you wanted to know about basketball—and more!

For die-hard basketball fans and casual spectators alike, this collection of fascinating facts about the game will be a welcome addition to their library. From the origins of the game to how much players are paid, and the evolution of the basketball shoe, this book covers a wide range of topics. Among others are how the color barrier was breached, the rise of women’s basketball, and innovations that have made the game accessible to disabled athletes. Lots of humorous, colorful illustrations, charts, and graphs make this ideal for visual learners, while the short chapters encourage browsing.   

About the author


KEVIN SYLVESTER est auteur laure´at, illustrateur, journaliste, animateur de radio, re´alisateur et documentariste. Il a e´crit les livres de la se´rie MiNRS et Neil Flambe´, ainsi que les livres documentaires Gold Medal for Weird et Sports Hall of Weird. Kevin est reconnu pour son habilete´ de faire un souper dernie're minute avec ce qui est moindrement consommable dans son frigo. Il peut aussi transformer des cercles en chats et des cornets de cre'me glace´e en dragons. Kevin habite a' Toronto.


KEVIN SYLVESTER is an award-winning writer, illustrator, reporter, radio sports host, producer and documentary maker. His books include the MiNRS and Neil Flambé series. Kevin's claims his superpower is that he can take a puck off the head and STILL finish a hockey game. He's also known for his ability to be able to make a last-second dinner from whatever smells reasonably edible in the fridge. And he can instantly turn circles into cats and ice cream cones into dragons. Well, cat and dragon cartoons anyway. He lives in Toronto, Ontario. Visit him online at


Kevin Sylvester's profile page


  • Commended, TD Summer Reading Club, Top 75 Recommended Reads
  • Commended, Silver Birch Non-fiction Honour Award
  • Joint winner, Best Books for Kids & Teens, *starred selection, Canadian Children’s Book Centre

Editorial Reviews

“Sylvester has researched the interesting to the extreme.”

Provo Library Children’s Book Reviews, 01/11/18

“With appealing artwork, charts, graphs and pages filled with all the basketball information enthusiasts are happy to know, you can not go wrong having this book available to kids who love learning about sports.” 

Sal’s Fiction Addiction, 05/15/18

“Information-packed .” 

School Library Journal, 10/17

“Sylvester knows basketball and writes about it with flair.”

Booklist, 09/01/17

“A collection of basketball facts that extend knowledge of the game rather than simply pepper it with curios . . . ‘Supercool’ indeed.”

Kirkus Reviews, starred review, 09/01/17

“A slam dunk.” 

Best Books for Kids and Teens, *starred review, Spring/18

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