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Author: Maddox, Jake
Since Derek is now the tallest player on his basketball team, his coach decides to have him play center but Jason, the former center, has little confidence in Derek and will not pass him the ball.
Impact Books. Jake Maddox Sports Story
|Accelerated Reader Information:|
Interest Level: MG
Reading Level: 2.80
Points: 1.0 Quiz: 109967
|Reading Counts Information:|
Interest Level: 3-5
Reading Level: 2.30
Points: 4.0 Quiz: 47033
Common Core Standards
Grade 4 → Reading → RL Literature → 4.RL Key Ideas & Details
Grade 4 → Reading → RL Literature → 4.RL Craft & Structure
Grade 4 → Reading → RL Literature → 4.RL Integration & Knowledge of Ideas
Grade 4 → Reading → RL Literature → Texts Illustrating the Complexity, Quality, & Rang
Grade 6 → Reading → RL Literature → 6.RL Range of Reading & Level of Text Complexity
Grade 6 → Reading → CCR College & Career Readiness Anchor Standards fo
School Library Journal (00/01/07)
Full Text Reviews:
School Library Journal - 01/01/2007 Gr 4-8-These stories deliver lots of action. In Free Throw, Derek is named center during his second year of basketball as he is now the tallest player, and he shares his struggles and success to meet the challenges of the position. The second title is narrated by Robby, whose determination propels him to overcome self-doubt and personal failure, along with taunts and injury from a teammate, to achieve success. When he is moved from his position as center to defensive tackle, he replaces disappointment with resolve and acquires knowledge that serves him well when he substitutes for an injured center. There is no information about the ages of these characters, and little description of life off the court or field. The clear descriptions, realistic dialogue, abundant action, and touches of humor will appeal to younger children, as well as to middle school or older readers who are working to bolster their skills. They will appreciate the large font and the comic-book-style drawings that illuminate the texts. Both books conclude with discussion questions and writing prompts.-Laura Scott, Farmington Community Library, MI Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information. - Copyright 2007 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.