Project Description

Discussion Guide

Hardcourt Comeback

Part of Fred Bowen Sports Story Series

by Fred Bowen

When a basketball team’s star forward loses his confidence, he has to learn how to think like a winner again.

Brett Carter, the Wildcats’ star forward, plays to win. Brett likes being the best at whatever he does. However, his confidence is shaken when he misses a routine layup during an important game and his team loses. Now every time he is on the court, his heart starts pounding and he feels something he has never experienced before: fear. When his coach tells Brett about well-known players from the past who made successful comebacks after disappointing performances, Brett realizes he can overcome his nervousness. But is it too late to save the Wildcats’ season?

Author Fred Bowen continues his Sports Story series with full court, play-by-play action that’s sure to keep readers on the edge of their seats! An afterword offers more information on well-known players and their hard-fought comebacks. For more on this title, visit the Sports Story series website here.

Format: Paperback
Price: $6.95
ISBN: 978-1-56145-516-4
Publication Date: 2/1/2010
Page Count: 144
Size: 5-1/4″ x 7-1/2″
Age Range: 7 – 12
Language: English
Format: eBook
ISBN: 978-1-56145-647-5
Age Range: 7 – 12
Language: English

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AR Level: 4.0
F&P: GRL R, Gr 4, Genre RF
Lexile: 620L
Themes: Ambition, Basketball, Confidence
BISAC 1: JUV032020 JUVENILE FICTION / Sports & Recreation / Basketball
BISAC 2: JUV039060 JUVENILE FICTION / Social Issues / Friendship
BISAC 3: JUV039140 JUVENILE FICTION / Social Issues / Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance


“It reads like a successful drive to the hoop—quick, purposeful, and effective.” ―Booklist

“Bowen’s stories move along briskly with rapid-fire action sequences and end with surprising twists.” ―School Library Journal

“A compelling read for a young sports fan.” ―New Jersey Library Services

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Meet the Author

Fred Bowen is the author of Peachtree’s popular Fred Bowen Sports Story series. A lifelong sports fanatic, he has coached youth league baseball, basketball, and soccer. His kids’ sports column “The Score” appears each week in the KidsPost section of the Washington Post. Bowen lives in Maryland. You can visit his website here.