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. Volume VIII Number 6 . . . . November 16, 2001
misunderstanding with her coach about attending cross-country practices,
Quyen Ha vows not to participate on any school teams for the rest of
the year. She soon regrets her impulsive and angry decision as she watches
her friends and former team mates enjoy their involvement on the volleyball
team. Feeling restless from a lack of activity and competition, when
Quyen gets an opportunity to play basketball on the Shooting Stars,
a club team, she finds the offer compelling. The games and practices
conflict with her Vietnamese classes, and Quyen first has to convince
her strict father to allow her to join the club. She also has to come
to terms with playing on the team with Anna Archer, a bully who terrorized
her best friend, Amelie, the year before.
Shooting Star is one of the "Sports Stories" series. These books combine conflict in the lives of the characters with the sports action. Stories can be read on two levels. The sports issues involve team play, coaching and the whole psychology of sport, while the human side of the stories increases the dimensions of the characters.
"Sports Stories" characters face the same issues that young readers experience in their lives and on their teams. The stories help to articulate the problems and show possibly how to overcome them.
Arkos is the teacher-librarian at John Henderson Junior High School
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