From the Series Lorimer Sports Stories
Fourteen-year-old Johnny Huttle—nicknamed “Hustle” by his best friend, Rex—comes from an inner-city neighborhood, where the streets are tough and the street ball games are rougher. More than anything, Johnny wants to shine as the school’s star basketball player. But the one thing standing in his way is his best friend, Rex, who outshines Johnny effortlessly at everything, on and off the court. This makes Johnny angry enough that his game and their friendship suffer. When Rex starts getting into trouble in the neighborhood and is suspended from the team, Johnny has to put his jealousy aside to help his friend—and his basketball team at the championship.
|Interest Level||Grade 4 - Grade 8|
|Reading Level||Grade 3|
|Category||Diverse Books: #OwnVoices, Diverse Books: Race & Ethnicity, Diverse Books: Social Class, Diversity, SEL: A Self-Awareness, SEL: B Self-Management, SEL: D Relationship Skills, Social Emotional Learning|
|Publisher||James Lorimer and Company Ltd., Publishers|
|Imprint||Lorimer Children & Teens|
|Number of Pages||128|
Author: Johnny Boateng
Johnny Boateng played division basketball in Indiana and is the author of the award-winning sports novel Hustle. He grew up in North America, is of African descent, and now lives in Vancouver.
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Lorimer Sports Stories
Realistic, action-packed sports stories for reluctant middle-grade readers. Each book covers a contemporary theme—like bullying, friendship or prejudice—set against the backdrop of a specific sport. The themes will appeal to kids who play sports, such as rivalry, teamwork, competition… View available downloads →