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Jul 12 2017

Ball Stars: Reppin' It by David Lawrence

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Penguin Random House, 2017. ISBN 9780143781677
(Age: 8-12) Highly recommended. Themes: Basketball; Sportsmanship; Leadership; Sport. In partnership with Basketball Australia, this is the story of young players who are trying to make their mark in the world of basketball. It is both a celebration of all the things that are good about team sport involvement and just an honest and intriguing story that will appeal to kids.
The boys and girls from Robdale Primary need to try out for the District representative team and put their talents on show. Danny and Crystal, and several of their team mates go through the trials and get selected, but Danny and Crystal demonstrate the qualities that make their peers honour them with selection as Captains. Crystal's selection is easy, but the captaincy for Danny comes with the difficulty of dealing with a team mate whose temper is seriously out of alignment. The games are played with wonderful running commentary from Cody, with great skills on display and the hope of a win - if they can work together! In the background to this great sporting contest is a school environment with Dahl-esque qualities, led by Miss Take (Yes, that is her name!). Family members and adults have caricature-like personalities with larger than life quirks that create a comedic contrast to the 'serious' basketball contests. This is a wonderful tale that demonstrates the qualities of good leadership and the fun of exploring a sport and playing it for all it's worth!
Highly recommended for ages 8 - 12. Both genders will enjoy this, and all lovers of sport will be thrilled to see characters who understand their passion for sporting achievement.
Carolyn Hull

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