Bad Shot

From the Series Lorimer Sports Stories

  • Interest Level: Grade 5 - Grade 8   ·  
  • Reading Level: Grade 4

12-year-old Cody loves basketball. When a new well-off kid Nick arrives at school and starts giving Cody pointers, Cody lands a spot on the team. Despite Nick’s help, Cody still feels anxious all the time. Cody’s performance gets worse until his one big shot at a basket goes into his own team’s net! Cody soon realizes that Nick’s help isn’t what he needs to succeed. To play better, he knows he has to become more self-reliant and work on his basketball skills on his own terms.

Set against the backdrop of a struggling small town, Bad Shot touches on the emotional realities of performance anxiety, socioeconomic status, and bullying.

Format List Price Your Price Qty
978-1-45941-262-0
$27.99 $20.99
978-1-45941-161-6
$8.99 $8.99
Interest Level Grade 5 - Grade 8
Reading Level Grade 4
Genre Fiction, High/Low
Subject Diversity
Copyright 2019
Publisher Lorimer & Company, Ltd.
Imprint Lorimer Children & Teens
Language English
Number of Pages 128
Publication Date 2018-08-01
BISACS JUV032020, JUV039230
Dimensions 5 x 7.75
Lexile 570
Features Author/Illustrator biography, Reviewed, Teaching Guides, and eSource

Reviews

School Library Journal

“[T]hese books effectively combine high-impact action scenes with sophisticated social themes.”—School Library Journal

Author: Sylvia Taekema

Sylvia Taekema works as a supply teacher and as a volunteer in programs for children at school, church and in the community. Her first novel, Seconds, was nominated for a Silver Birch Express Award. Sylvia lives in Ontario, Canada.

Lerner eSource™ offers free digital teaching and learning resources, including Common Core State Standards (CCSS) teaching guides. These guides, created by classroom teachers, offer short lessons and writing exercises that give students specific instruction and practice using Common Core skills and strategies. Lerner eSource also provides additional resources including online activities, downloadable/printable graphic organizers, and additional educational materials that would also support Common Core instruction. Download, share, pin, print, and save as many of these free resources as you like!

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. Books feature both boy and girl characters in grades 6 to 9, many from diverse… View available downloads →