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Full Court Fever (All-Star Sports Story) Paperback – October 1, 2009


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 and up
  • Grade Level: 3 and up
  • Series: All-Star Sports Story
  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Peachtree Publishers; Reissue edition (October 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1561455083
  • ISBN-13: 978-1561455089
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.2 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,055,335 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Grade 3-6-Bowen is quickly joining the ranks of today's most popular sports-fiction authors. In this novel, Michael and the rest of his seventh-grade basketball team are worried about the annual game against the eighth-grade team. Then Michael comes across some old Sports Illustrated magazines that outline how the 1964 UCLA Bruins used a full-court press to defeat their bigger, stronger opponents. The author scores points by including plenty of sports action to keep even the most reluctant readers flipping the pages. As in past books, he skillfully interweaves fact and fiction and uses historical sports plays and concepts as a backdrop for the story. Here he puts to rest the notion that "bigger is better." A must-have for libraries needing good sports fiction.
Barb Lawler, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, PA
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"Bowen is quickly joining the ranks of today's most popular sports-fiction authors.... he skillfully interweaves fact and fiction and uses historical sports plays and concepts as a backdrop for the story." --School Library Journal

"If you are a sports fan or just love sports books, you should check out the new AllStar SportStory series by Fred Bowen.... Bowen is a natural when it comes to writing sports stories and informing his readers about the past. These books are perfect for kids ages 8 to 12." --Newsday

"[Bowen's] pace is excellent and he has a knack for efficient evocation...." --Washington Post

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on January 7, 2004
Format: Paperback
"Full Court Fever" tells the story of Michael Mancino and his friends on the seventh-grade basketball team, who are facing a dismal season because although these are good shooters, they are also short. Their coach teaches them how to box out to get rebounds, but the teams they play have kids tall enough to just reach over and grab the missed shots. Then Michael and his friends discover some old issues of "Sports Illustrated" that explain the full-court press than U.C.L.A. used to win back-to-back N.C.A.A. championships in 1964-1965, the first in the storied career of the Wizard of Westwood, John Wooden. The Bruins did not have a player taller that 6-5, but by working a full-court press and being in better condition, they won. Michael and his friends decide to practice the U.C.L.A. press and see if it can help them.
Consequently, "Full Court Fever" is exactly the type of juvenile sports story we have come to expect from Fred Bowen, where the point is to teach the kids who read this book a lesson about a particular sport, in this case basketball. If there is a sport where kids need to learn the right way to play the game, then that is basketball, when dunking the ball is more important than playing defense, learning to shoot, knowing how to block out, and all the other things that win games put together. Bowen always accomplishes this by using real world examples, with "The Real Story" provided in the back of the book with accompanying photographs.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dave on April 11, 2001
Format: Paperback
Full Court Fever was a good book. I did it for a book report, so that kind of ruined it. I'm here because I was looking for a summary and I saw this. The plot is good. The Falcons seventh grade basketball team can't win a game becuase of a lack of big men. Then Mike, a Falcons player, discoveriers the Full Court Press used by UCLA, who won a championship with it! The 7-grade Falcons beat thier biggest rivals in the end, the eigth-graders.
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By Lisa on December 17, 2014
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Nice addition to our school library
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