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Children's Fiction Basketball


by (author) Johnny Boateng

James Lorimer & Company Ltd., Publishers
Initial publish date
Aug 2021
Basketball, Boys & Men, Friendship, Values & Virtues
Recommended Age
10 to 13
Recommended Grade
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Aug 2021
    List Price
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Jan 2022
    List Price
    $27.99 USD
  • eBook

    Publish Date
    Aug 2021
    List Price

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Set in Toronto, Hoopers is about a Black youth who wants to live the basketball dream of fame and acclaim. Jojo and his friends know that once they make the Squad, their high-school team, they will have the time of their lives. But their no-nonsense coach is strict, even mean, and seems to repeatedly target Jojo. Emphasizing the real qualities of hard work and dedication, Hoopers shows how Jojo learns how to be a skilled player and leader for his team — a real Hooper. 


About the author

As a boy of African heritage growing up in Trail, B.C., JOHNNY BOATENG learned all about sports and ambition. He played division basketball in Indiana and at Simon Fraser University. He lives in Vancouver, B.C., where he founded The Dream Hoops Basketball Academy and serves as a mentor for disadvantaged youth. He is the author of the award-winning sports novel Hustle. This is his second book.

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Editorial Reviews

This story is filled with wonderful and diverse characters from many different backgrounds.


CM Review of Materials

The overall themes and lessons of diligence and perseverance are clear and easy to grasp, and the plotlines, pacing, and length make this highly accessible to reluctant readers.


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