Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Pick and Roll

Blair, Kelsey. Pick and Roll.
March 19th 2014 by James Lorimer & Company
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Jazz Smith-Mohapatra is in contention for the best basketball player on her team with her long time best friend, Cindy, but when Jazz is involved in a play on the court that ends with Catherine, from the other team, having a severe concussion. She has to appear in a hearing, but is absolved of blame, but still feels awful. Her friendship with Cindy also starts to fall apart, and Jazz doesn’t quite know why. Another teammate, Ella, befriends her, helps her with her math and supports her through the trauma of having injured another player, but does want a favor in return—she suspects that Cindy has stolen a pocket watch belonging to her friend Adam, who is geeky and often picked on. Jazz still struggles in school, is spooked on the court because she is afraid of causing injury to another player, and slowly begins to realize that her friendship with Cindy may be damaged beyond repair.
Strengths: Another good entry from Lorimer Sports, and I will definitely investigate the other titles in this series. Interesting, short and solid story of a girl playing basketball and dealing with life.
Weaknesses: The break up of the friendship would have been more poignant if Cindy hadn’t been quite so evil and mean to Adam.

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