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Cover: Outside Shot
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Outside Shot

Part of Fred Bowen Sports Story Series

by Fred Bowen

Eighth-grader Richie Mallon has always known he was a shooter, but will his amazing shooting talent be enough to keep him on the team?

Outside Shot tells the story of eighth-grade basketball player Richie Mallon, who is known as “the shooter,” the one on the team who scores most of the baskets. He has practiced every day at his driveway hoop, perfecting his technique. Richie never plays any other roles on the court; he lets his teammates do the assisting and rebounding. Richie makes the team under a tough new coach, but he’s not a starter. Then when his shooting skills go into a slump, he must find a way to become a more well-rounded player.

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! For more on this title, visit the Sports Story Series website here.

Format: Hardcover
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-56145-955-1
Publication Date: 3/1/2017
Page Count: 144
Size: 5-1/4″ x 7-1/2″
Age Range: 7 – 12
Language: English
Format: Paperback
Price: $6.95
ISBN: 978-1-56145-956-8
Publication Date: 3/1/2017
Page Count: 144
Size: 5-1/4″ x 7-1/2″
Age Range: 7 – 12
Language: English
Format: eBook
ISBN: 978-1-56145-996-4
Age Range: 7 – 12
Language: English

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F&P: GRL Q, Gr 4, Genre RF
Lexile: 610L
Themes: Basketball, Sports, Talent, Teamwork
BISAC 2: JUV032020 JUVENILE FICTION / Sports & Recreation / Basketball
BISAC 3: JUV030060 JUVENILE FICTION / People & Places / United States / General


“This latest novel is bound to engage and entertain young readers who double as basketball players and/or fans.” ―School Library Journal

“Bowen’s Sports Story series…regularly offers stories that are engaging, action-packed, and a great next step for struggling readers ready to move beyond the usual high-lo offerings available to them. This quick, satisfying installment is no different and should find easy appeal among reluctant readers looking for novels about athletes.” ―Booklist Online


Kansas State Reading Circle Recommended Reading List (Intermediate) ―Kansas National Education Association, 2018

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.