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Tony's life revolves around basketball and his hope of making the AAU nationally-ranked basketball team. His life recently changed when his best friend (and basketball phenom) was unjustly shot and killed by a police officer in the neighborhood park. When Tony doesn't make the roster and is instead offered a position as the team statistician, he feels second-rate, but reluctantly agrees. With encouragement from their coach, a new world opens up to him and his teammates as they find their way in the competitive world of basketball while also coping with the aftermath of a racially provoked death.— Kimberly
Former NBA All-Star Caron Butler and acclaimed author Justin A. Reynolds tip off the first book in a new middle grade series about a young boy trying to make his mark on an AAU basketball team coached by a former NBA star in his hometown. Perfect for fans of The Crossover and the Track series. *A Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection
Tony loves basketball. But the game changed recently when his best friend, Dante, a hoops phenom, was killed by a police officer. Tony hopes he can carry on Dante's legacy by making the Sabres, the AAU basketball team Dante took to two national championships.
Tony doesn't make the team, but Coach James likes what he sees from Tony at tryouts and offers him another chance: join the team as the statistician. With his community reeling and the team just finding its footing on the court, can Tony find a path to healing while helping to bring the Sabres a championship?