Basketball (or Something Like It) (Mass Market Paperbound)

By Nora Raleigh Baskin

HarperTrophy, 9780060596125, 166pp.

Publication Date: January 30, 2007



Basketball clinics, a revolving door of coaches, incensed parents, and the importance of the right sneakers--is that what the game is about? Told from the perspective of four unlikely friends, Nora Raleigh Baskin's poignant novel focuses on the action, drama, and fun of playing ball and explores what it takes to be a winner of the game--both on the court and off.

Praise For Basketball (or Something Like It)

“This is a surefire hit—a sports book with a larger focus, told in an original way.”

“Those who play on sports teams will recognize these characters and be rooting for them.”
-Kirkus Reviews

“Takes on everything from overequipped, overtrained grade schoolers to parent coaches who promote their own kids while benching the talent.”
-Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

“This highly accessible novel takes a hard, honest look at society’s obsession with sports and its effect on young athletes.”
-Publishers Weekly

“Many young basketball players will relate to this story about parents living vicariously through their children’s athletic endeavors.”
-School Library Journal