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#1 New York Times bestseller Mike Lupica makes his return to the basketball court!

There's a reason teammates call him "True." Because for basketball phenom Drew Robinson, there is nothing more true than his talent on the court. It's the kind that comes along once in a generation and is loaded with perks--and with problems.

Before long, True buys in to his own hype, much to the chagrin of his mother, who wants to keep her boy's head grounded--and suddenly trouble has a way of finding him. That is, until a washed-up former playground legend steps back onto the court and takes True under his wing.

In this age of street agents promising riches to kids barely out of elementary school and college programs being taken down because of recruiting violations, True Legend is a resonant and inspiring novel in the Lupica tradition.

***"The perfect trifecta of deep knowledge and portrayal of the history and culture of basketball, keen insight into the obstacle course of motivations and temptations facing a talented young man, and perfect-pitch sports writing. . . Lupica is the greatest sportswriter for middle-grade readers, and this book, True Legend, is a reminder of his dominance."*** —VOYA, starred review 

“Lupica scores another winner with this cautionary tale. . . . Loaded with action-packed, suspenseful basketball sequences, crisp dialogue, sharply drawn characters, and keen insight into contemporary basketball culture in America, Drews story illuminates the realities and choices facing gifted young athletes.” —School Library Journal

"Written in a fluid mix of slightly distant exposition and terse dialogue, the tale features plenty of suspenseful, expertly depicted hoops action along with choices both wrong and, ultimately, right made in the face of glittering temptations." —Booklist

 

Synopsis:

The sequel to the #1 New York Times bestseller Travel Team!

When youre the smallest kid playing a big mans game, the challenges never stop—especially when your name is Danny Walker. Leading your travel team to the national championship may seem like a dream come true, but for Danny, being at the top just means the competition tries that much harder to knock him off. Now Dannys leaving Middletown for the summer and heading to Right Way basketball camp, where hes out of his element and maybe out of his league. The countrys best ballers are in attendance, and Danny will need to raise his game if he wants to match up. But it wont be easy. Old rivals and new battles leave Danny wondering if he really has what it takes to stand tall.

“Lupica is at his best when he puts the reader right in the center of the action on the court. His game descriptions are fast, accurate, and exciting. Young sports-fiction fans will eat this up.” –Booklist

 

“Sports fans will relish the on-court action, expertly rendered in Lupica's taut prose. This worthy sequel to Travel Team should earn a wide audience.” –School Library Journal

 

“Lupica knows his basketball and knows how to spin a page-turner of a story. Those who enjoyed the first installment of Danny's story will be thrilled to read a sequel, and even those middle school readers who are not huge sports fans will want to cheer for Danny Walker, who proves that determination can be a whole lot bigger than height.” –VOYA

 

Synopsis:

The sequel to the #1 New York Times bestseller Travel Team!

When you ?re the smallest kid playing a big man?s game, the challenges never stop?especially when your name is Danny Walker. Leading your travel team to the national championship may seem like a dream come true, but for Danny, being at the top just means the competition tries that much harder to knock him off. Now Danny?s heading to Right Way basketball camp for the summer, and he knows that with the country?s best players in attendance, he?s going to need to take his game up a notch if he wants to match up. But it won?t be easy. Old rivals and new battles leave Danny wondering if he really does have what it takes to stand tall.

About the Author

Mike Lupica raises the stakes in this sequel to Travel Team, where taking your game to the next level means more than just winning. It means preserving a dream.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780399244872
Author:
Lupica, Mike
Publisher:
Philomel Books
Subject:
Sports & Recreation - Basketball
Subject:
Social Issues - Bullying
Subject:
Basketball
Subject:
Camps
Subject:
Children s-Sports Fiction-Basketball
Subject:
General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20070531
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 5
Language:
English
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
9.20x6.40x1.01 in. .96 lbs.
Age Level:
09-12

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"Synopsis" by ,
The sequel to the #1 New York Times bestseller Travel Team!

When youre the smallest kid playing a big mans game, the challenges never stop—especially when your name is Danny Walker. Leading your travel team to the national championship may seem like a dream come true, but for Danny, being at the top just means the competition tries that much harder to knock him off. Now Dannys leaving Middletown for the summer and heading to Right Way basketball camp, where hes out of his element and maybe out of his league. The countrys best ballers are in attendance, and Danny will need to raise his game if he wants to match up. But it wont be easy. Old rivals and new battles leave Danny wondering if he really has what it takes to stand tall.

“Lupica is at his best when he puts the reader right in the center of the action on the court. His game descriptions are fast, accurate, and exciting. Young sports-fiction fans will eat this up.” –Booklist

 

“Sports fans will relish the on-court action, expertly rendered in Lupica's taut prose. This worthy sequel to Travel Team should earn a wide audience.” –School Library Journal

 

“Lupica knows his basketball and knows how to spin a page-turner of a story. Those who enjoyed the first installment of Danny's story will be thrilled to read a sequel, and even those middle school readers who are not huge sports fans will want to cheer for Danny Walker, who proves that determination can be a whole lot bigger than height.” –VOYA

 

"Synopsis" by ,
The sequel to the #1 New York Times bestseller Travel Team!

When you ?re the smallest kid playing a big man?s game, the challenges never stop?especially when your name is Danny Walker. Leading your travel team to the national championship may seem like a dream come true, but for Danny, being at the top just means the competition tries that much harder to knock him off. Now Danny?s heading to Right Way basketball camp for the summer, and he knows that with the country?s best players in attendance, he?s going to need to take his game up a notch if he wants to match up. But it won?t be easy. Old rivals and new battles leave Danny wondering if he really does have what it takes to stand tall.

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