Project Description

Off The Rim
Discussion Guide

Off the Rim

Part of Fred Bowen Sports Story Series

by Fred Bowen

Will Chris ever be more than a benchwarmer? 

Christ desperately wants to be more than a benchwarmer on his basketball team. Hoping he can get more playing time, he asks his friend Greta, the high-scoring star of the girls’ team, for help with his shooting skills.

But it is Greta’s mom―a former basketball star who never even scored a basket―who teaches Chris how to change his strategy and become a success on the court.

Author Fred Bowen continues his Sports Story series with play-by-play action that’s sure to keep readers on the edge of their seats! Back matter features a real-life lesson from sports history. For more on this title, visit the Sports Story Series website here.

Format: Paperback
Price: $6.95
ISBN: 978-1-56145-509-6
Publication Date: 8/1/2015
Page Count: 144
Size: 5-1/4″ x 7-1/2″
Age Range: 7 – 12
Language: English
Format: eBook
ISBN: 978-1-56145-926-1
Age Range: 7 – 12
Language: English

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F&P: GRL Q, Gr 4, Genre RF
Lexile: 630L
Themes: Basketball, Confidence, Strategy
BISAC 1: JUV032150 JUVENILE FICTION /Sports & Recreation / Soccer
BISAC 2: JUV013000 JUVENILE FICTION / Family / General


“Bowen came up with another gem in this novel” ―4th Grade Reading

“Younger readers, or older readers who struggle, will find this book is one that engages their interest and challenges their perceptions of how sports should be played.” ―YA and Kids Book Central


Kansas State Reading Circle Recommended Reading List (Intermediate) ―Kansas National Education Association, 2016

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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.