From the Series Lorimer Sports Stories
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.
|Interest Level||Grade 5 - Grade 8|
|Reading Level||Grade 4|
|Publisher||Lorimer & Company, Ltd.|
|Imprint||Lorimer Children & Teens|
|Number of Pages||128|
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.
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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. Books feature both boy and girl characters in grades 6 to 9, many from diverse… View available downloads →