Eighth Grade Benchwarmer
By Thatcher Heldring
(Yearling, Paperback, 9780440421832, 224pp.)
Publication Date: November 11, 2008
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When Toby Wheeler has a chance to join the junior high basketball team, he’s eager to prove he can keep up with his best friend, JJ. But practice doesn’t go quite as Toby has planned, and when the coach announces the lineup, Toby’s hopes of playing ball with JJ are history: he’s an eighth-grade benchwarmer!
Thatcher Heldring lives with his wife and son in Seattle, Washington, a good place for indoor sports. Visit him online at www.thatchertheauthor.com.
“A truly great basketball story. Every hoops fan will love this book.”
—Phil Jackson, member of the NBA Hall of Fame and head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers
“Engaging . . . will appeal to readers who are looking for something one step beyond Matt Christopher books.”
—School Library Journal