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Hooper (Paperback)

By Herbach, Geoff

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From Geoff Herbach, the critically acclaimed author of the Stupid Fast series, comes a compelling new YA novel about basketball, prejudice, privilege, and family, perfect for fans of Jordan Sonnenblick, Andrew Smith, and Matt de la Pena. For Adam Reed, basketball is a passport.

ISBN 9780062453129
Barcode 9780062453129
Published 6 September 2019 by HarperCollins Publishers
Format Paperback
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ISBN-13 9780062453129
ISBN-10 0062453122
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced (OOS locally); ships 6-12 working days
Publisher HarperCollins Publishers
Imprint Katherine Tegen Books
Publication Date 6 September 2019
International Publication Date 13 August 2019
Publication Country United States United States
Format Paperback
Author(s) By Herbach, Geoff
Category Fiction (Child / Teen)
Sporting Stories
Personal Family, Relationship & Social Issues
Number of Pages 352
Dimensions Width: 135mm
Height: 203mm
Spine: 20mm
Weight 269g
Interest Age 13+ years
Reading Age 13+ years
Library of Congress Friendship, Bildungsromans, Family life, Orphans, Minnesota
NBS Text Young Adult Fiction
ONIX Text Young adult
Dewey Code FIC
Catalogue Code 992160

Description of this Book

From Geoff Herbach, the critically acclaimed author of the Stupid Fast series, comes a compelling new YA novel about basketball, prejudice, privilege, and family, perfect for fans of Jordan Sonnenblick, Andrew Smith, and Matt de la Pena. For Adam Reed, basketball is a passport. Adam's basketball skills have taken him from an orphanage in Poland to a loving adoptive mother in Minnesota. When he's tapped to play on a select AAU team along with some of the best players in the state, it just confirms that basketball is his ticket to the good life: to new friendships, to the girl of his dreams, to a better future. But life is more complicated off the court. When an incident with the police threatens to break apart the bonds Adam's finally formed after a lifetime of struggle, he must make an impossible choice between his new family and the sport that's given him everything.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review Lessons on small-town politics and what it means to be a good friend abound in this well-plotted work. -- Booklist Herbach's ability to expand the narrative from solid game play to confronting racial injustice is remarkable. No one here is perfect, and their failures make readers cringe yet root for success. Hoops and so much more. -- Kirkus Reviews There's much to love in this sports tale. Fast-paced play-by-plays vividly depict the speed and beauty of the game. Adam's backstory is heartrending and with immigrant mistrust and nonviolent protests in the national spotlight, this is a timely and realistic teen drama and swish-nothin' but net. -- School Library Journal This sports/school/domestic drama checks all the boxes. What could be another boilerplate basketball novel benefits from a tight cast of well developed secondary characters who surpass their expected stereotypes. -- Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books Funny, gut-wrenching, and spilling over with heart, Hooper is an uplifting breath of joy, and gives us all cause to be hopeful. I loved it! -- Andrew Smith, Michael L. Printz Honor and <em>New York Times </em>Bestselling author of <em>Winger </em>and <em>Grasshopper Jungle</em> Fresh, funny, thoughtful, subversive, and totally absorbing. Book of the year! -- Robert Lipsyte, Margaret A. Edwards award-winning author of The Contender</em> Hooper is a slam dunk! A sports novel with incredible action and tons of heart. I challenge you not to fall in love with these terrific, flawed characters, and just try to put this one down once you start. Impossible. -- Bill Konigsberg, Award-Winning Author of <em>Honestly Ben</em> Raw, funny, and deeply honest, Geoff Herbach gifts us a story about the messiness of life and the importance of talking about it-ultimately showing us how to not only trudge through it, but to soar. -- Gae Polisner, author of In Sight of Stars</em> and The Memory of Things</em> Author Geoff Herbach has a remarkable ability to create characters who make us laugh and think, sometimes within the same sentence. Read Hooper and let your self be changed. -- John Coy, author of Gap Life </em> Geoff Herbach captures rural-urban rivalries and the challenges of finding a home. -- Minneapolis Star Tribune
UK Review Bertrams Star Rating: 2 stars (out of 5)

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Author's Bio

Geoff Herbach is the author of Hooper and the award-winning Stupid Fast series, as well as Fat Boy vs. the Cheerleaders. His books have been given the Cybils Award for Best Young Adult Fiction and the Minnesota Book Award, selected for the Junior Library Guild, and listed among the year's best by the American Library Association, the American Booksellers Association, and many state library associations. In the past, he produced radio comedy shows and toured rock clubs telling weird stories. Geoff teaches creative writing at Minnesota State University, Mankato. He lives in a log cabin with a tall wife. You can find him online at www.geoffherbach.com.

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