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Children's Fiction Basketball

Half-Court Trap

by (author) Kevin heronJones

Publisher
James Lorimer & Company Ltd., Publishers
Initial publish date
Aug 2021
Category
Basketball, General, Friendship, Boys & Men, Emotions & Feelings, General, Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance
Recommended Age
10 to 13
Recommended Grade
3
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9781459416444
    Publish Date
    Aug 2021
    List Price
    $12.95
  • eBook

    ISBN
    9781459416451
    Publish Date
    Aug 2021
    List Price
    $12.99
  • Hardback

    ISBN
    9781459416468
    Publish Date
    Jan 2022
    List Price
    $27.99 USD

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"Explores boyhood challenges and the value of teamwork, thoughtfully delivering realism and hope for reluctant readers." — Kirkus Reviews

Short-listed for the Hackmatack Children's Choice Book Award - 2022
The issues of male body image and rivalry come together in Half-Court Trap, set in racially diverse Brampton, Ontario. Thirteen-year-old Nigel is teased and belittled at home because of his weight, so an opposing player’s trash talk enrages him and he vows revenge. When his enemy becomes a teammate, Nigel plots to make him look bad and get him off the team. As Nigel finds out more about his rival, he not only learns empathy but comes to a new perspective on himself and acceptance of his body shape.

About the author

Kevin heronJones is a youth basketball coach, author, journalist, actor, lecturer and award-winning performance poet. He has numerous spoken word recordings and his poetry book titles include Vision, I AM a Child of the SUN and Telephone Love. He lives in Milton, Ontario.

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Awards

  • Short-listed, Hackmatack Children's Choice Book Award

Editorial Reviews

Explores boyhood challenges and the value of teamwork, thoughtfully delivering realism and hope for reluctant readers.

Kirkus Reviews

Half-Court Trap would be an excellent addition to any collection.

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