Slam Dunk

Slam Dunk

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Talented thirteen-year-old Ashlee Carson is the Tribeca Saints' topscoring point guard. Ashlee is smart, too, but her mom worries that basketball is going to get in the way of her bright academic future. Ashlee will do anything for a chance to win a place on the National Youth basketball team -- even if it means defying her mother and enlisting the help of her estranged father, a former professional basketball player. This gripping story, with plenty of drama both on and off the court, will appeal to any young basketball more

Product details

  • 9-12
  • Paperback | 145 pages
  • 129.54 x 185.42 x 12.7mm | 136.08g
  • Kingfisher
  • United States
  • English
  • 0753461552
  • 9780753461556

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Children's Literature At thirteen years old Ashlee is already a great basketball player. She has the genes; her father is a former basketball star, and she has the drive. Her mother nevertheless believes that Ashlee's destiny is not on the basketball court. Bitter over the end of her marriage to the basketball star who turned into a drunk, Ashlee's mom pushes her to put academics over basketball. When the opportunity to compete for a place on the national girls' team presents itself, Ashlee decides to go against her mother's wishes and pursue her dream. Calling on her absent dad for help, Ashlee takes off to Florida for the team tryouts. In Ashlee, King creates a likeable and sympathetic character. She is a "good" girl who works hard at school and on the basketball court. Unfortunately her mother cannot see it because she is blinded by past experiences with Ashlee's father. Ashlee's bold decision to pursue her dream helps open her mom's eyes and they begin to put the past behind them. Reviewer: Caroline B. Hopenwassershow more

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101 ratings
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5 33% (33)
4 27% (27)
3 32% (32)
2 6% (6)
1 3% (3)
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