Basketball Is Only the Beginning

Today I have a book where basketball is only the beginning of the action that will draw readers in.  This one touches on issues of privilege, friendship, race and yes, basketball.  I was completely drawn into this story, and the fact it was named after me had nothing to do with my excitement … no really!

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Title: Hooperbasketball is only the beginning hooper

Author: Geoff Herbach

Target: Grades 6-10

Series: No

What this book is about:

Adam Reed is a basketball player. He was also adopted from Poland at the age of ten by a scholar, Renata, who found him living alone in the park. She brings him to Minnesota and once he begins playing basketball, he realized it is his passport to better things. It turns out that Adam has a natural talent for the game and is recruited by an elite team. But while he is always looking for ways to play and get better, he is also looking for a way to reconcile with the past and find a family who understands him.

Why I love this book:

  • This is so not your typical basketball book. I was completely drawn into this story, even though I have only a cursory understanding of the game. There are plenty of baller references for those who play, but the story itself will absolutely draw you in in the most compelling way. Adam is complicated and dealing with some very real issues of abandonment. Each supporting character is complex and flawed, but also kind and all too real as they deal with their own issues.
  • Ok, I read this book in one day. Not something I typically say about a “sports” book. Kids will find this a compelling read. There is plenty of basketball action and a human interest side that will absolutely draw them in.
  • I really loved the messages about friendship in this book. These kids make mistakes and struggle with how to support each other, but their hearts are in the right place.

Who this book is for:

Great for any kid who loves basketball or plays sports in general. While Adam is in high school, this book is perfectly appropriate for any middle school reader.

Final thoughts:

A book named after me … how could I resist picking this one up?

To purchase this book:

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