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Hoop Magic

By Eric Howling

$9.95 Paperback
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Series: Lorimer Sports Stories

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Orlando O'Malley has had to overcome a lot to play basketball. He's the worst shooter on the Evergreen Eagles middle school team. He can barely dribble around a cone in practice. And he's certainly the shortest. But Orlando has two special talents: a winning personality and the ability to call play-by-play almost everything that is happening around him.

Orlando really wants to be a star player, but despite his best efforts he can't quite seem to make the right play at the right time. His biggest contributions to the team are his ability to get them energized and to call the shots. But accepting these as his special talents means he has to give up his dream of playing basketball.

[Fry reading level - 3.8


Winner - Canadian Children's Book Centre Best Books for Kids & Teens -

Commended - One of the Year's Best for 2013 - Resource Links - 2013

"If your readers are basketball fans or sports fans of realistic fiction, they will enjoy this story of Orlando. With side issues of sibling rivalry, how to make and be a friend, and a focus on self-acceptance, this story moves along quickly." Rated E: excellent, enduring, everyone should read it!

- Sarah Nelson Resource Links

"Hoop Magic is an exciting story about basketball and adversity. Orlando is very short and thinks that is the reason he isn't a good basketball player. He is also looking for acceptance from his family, friends and his team... This book would be an excellent class novel for individual reading or as a read-aloud choice." Highly Recommended.

- Deborah Mervold CM: Canadian Review of Materials

ERIC HOWLING is an advertising copywriter living in Calgary. His novels in Lorimer's Sports Stories series have been shortlisted for the Hackmatack Children''s Choice Book Award, selected as a Resoure Links Year''s Best, and selected by the Canadian Children's Book Centre as Best Books for Kids & Teens.

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Publication Details:

Binding: Paperback, 136 pages
Publication Date: 18th September 2013
ISBN: 9781459405257
Format: 7.75in x 5in

Binding: Hardback, 136 pages
Publication Date: 18th September 2013
ISBN: 9781459405240
Format: 7.75in x 5in

Binding: Electronic book text, 136 pages
Publication Date: 18th September 2013
ISBN: 9781459405264
Format: EPUB

BISAC Code:, JUV039140
Imprint: Lorimer

Interest age: From 9 To 13


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Series features

  • Gripping, action-packed stories
  • Short, high-interest fiction
  • Contemporary themes and Canadian settings
  • Award-winning authors who know their sport

"A winning series... designed to attract reluctant readers as well as provide recreational reading for children who are interested in stories about sports."
- National Library of Canada

"Lorimer is obviously succeeding with this series of action-driven novels which encourage young readers to 'Get in the Game'!"
- Resource Links

Kids who love sports love these books, and so do teachers. When you put one of these into a young sports fan's hands, you can feel confident they will enjoy reading.