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Bad Shot

By Sylvia Taekema

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Series: Lorimer Sports Stories

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Bad Shot is about a 12-year-old basketball player whose shaky self-confidence is undermined by a much better-off player who targets him, first in subtle ways and then more aggressively. To play better, he has to come to grips with the bullying, become more self-reliant, and take advantage of his skills playing the sport.

When a new kid arrives in town, Cody is impressed with the kid's wealth and skills, judging himself inferior. The newbie seems to take an interest in Cody on the court but his "helpful" hints are undermining Cody's performance — right up to him scoring a basket in his own team's net. Cody has to come to grips with his situation and make moves to challenge the bullying, as well as working to hone his basketball skills.

This story plays out against the realistic backdrop of an economically struggling small town, a fictional version of Chatham, and touches on the emotional realities of performance anxiety, socioeconomic status issues experienced by kids, depression, and bullying.

"Bad Shot is a good read for all young readers, in particular athletes similar to main characters Cody and Nick. It serves as a reminder to focus on getting one's head back in the game rather than getting caught up in the drama between players."

- Andrea Boyd, CM: Magazine

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 Chatham, Ontario.

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Publication Details:

Binding: Paperback, 128 pages
Publication Date: 15th August 2017
ISBN: 9781459411616
Format: 7.75in x 5in

Binding: Electronic book text, 128 pages
Publication Date: 15th August 2017
ISBN: 9781459411661
Format: EPUB

BISAC Code:  JUV032020, JUV039140, JUV039230, JUV039240
Imprint: Lorimer

Interest age: From 10 To 13
Fry Reading Level [grade]: 4.0
Lexile Reading Level: HL570L

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