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Off The Rim
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Off the Rim

Part of Fred Bowen Sports Story Series

by Fred Bowen

Looking for some basketball action? Check out this Sports Story Series book from Washington Post KidsPost columnist and author Fred Bowen – perfect for fans of Mike Lupica and Tim Green.

Chris is tired of being a benchwarmer. He loves basketball and wants nothing more than to play on the court with his team. So hoping to get more playing time, he asks his friend Greta, the high-scoring star of the girls’ team, for help with his shooting skills.

But surprisingly, it’s Greta’s mom – a former basketball player who never even scored a basket – who helps change Chris’s strategy. Can he finally become a success on the court?

Author Fred Bowen shows how determination, strategy, and innovation can change the way you play. Check out the afterword for more stories of real-life basketball players.

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


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.