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Full Court Fever

Fred Bowen

Michael Mancino's middle school basketball team is what you might call "vertically challenged."

They have the skills, but what they lack in height has cost them the first two games of the season. So when Michael and his team meet Dikembe Obiku, a new student from Nigeria, they are sure they've found their saving grace. Dikembe is athletic and taller than most of the teachers, but there's one problem: He's never played basketball before!

Their chances of making the ultimate comeback seem impossible. That is, until Michael discovers an old issue of Sports Illustrated about the similarly "vertically challenged" UCLA Bruins who won the 1964 NCAA Championship with an aggressive and hard-to-beat full-court zone press. Can their team learn a thing or two from these Davids and take down their own Goliaths in the next game?

In the afterword, readers can learn more about the 1964 UCLA Bruins.

Book Details

  • Publisher: Peachtree Publishers
  • Publish Date: Oct 6th, 2009
  • Pages: 103
  • Language: English
  • Edition: Revised -
  • Dimensions: 7.30in - 5.10in - 0.50in - 0.25lb
  • EAN: 9781561455089
  • Recommended age: 07-11
  • Categories: Sports & Recreation - BasketballSocial Themes - General (see also headings under Family)Boys & Men

About the Author

Fred Bowen was a Little Leaguer who loved to read and is still a lifelong sports fanatic. He is the author of the action-packed Fred Bowen Sports Story series, currently totaling more than twenty titles. For thirteen years, Bowen coached kids' baseball and basketball teams. He has also written a weekly sports column for kids in the Washington Post since 2000. He was a lawyer for many years before retiring to become a full-time children's book author.Bowen lives in Silver Spring, Maryland, with his wife Peggy Jackson. They have two grown children.

Praise for this book

"A must-have for libraries needing good sports fiction."--School Library Journal