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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: HarperTeen (December 18, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0064472752
  • ISBN-13: 978-0064472753
  • Product Dimensions: 0.7 x 4 x 6.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,120,084 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 8-10-Nick Abbott finds himself trying to deal with his parent's divorce and a host of other problems that face him during his sophomore year. He wants above all else to be a star player on his high school basketball team. As the story progresses, Nick learns how to control the tempo of a game as a point guard, and he also begins to reach a greater maturity in his life. Central to the story is his relationship with his disturbed and angry teammate and neighbor, Trent Dawson. The young men form an uneasy bond as they quietly practice each night on Nick's backyard court. Eventually, they become a dominating duo on the court, with Trent's aggressiveness complemented by Nick's feel for the game. This is an excellent novel. Nick's first-person narration is authentic throughout. The author perfectly captures the swirl of ideas in the adolescent mind. The descriptions of the games are well written and accurate. Best of all, the complexities of basketball are contrasted with the complexities of life. Nick learns how important it is to make adjustments during the course of a game, and he learns that adjustments are also important in life. This message is imparted subtly, though. Deuker delivers a story that features rounded characters dealing with real problems, set against the backdrop of a varsity basketball season.
Todd Morning, Schaumburg Township Public Library, IL
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Always in the shadow of his older brother, Scott, Nick begins to catch his father's attention when Scott gives up basketball to spend more time on his music, and Nick's basketball prowess develops. Nick's talent is further nurtured by nightly one-on-one games with a disturbing neighbor, Trent Dawson. A master at writing good basketball sequences, Deuker vividly depicts every fast break, every trap, but as with On the Devil's Court (1988), he uses basketball as a device to tackle larger issues. This time, Deuker is writing about choices: Scott elects music instead of basketball and his father's approval; Trent seems to be choosing school (via basketball) instead of a life of crime; and Nick decides to support Trent despite his father's advice and his peers' disapproval. Complex characters make the story compelling. The basketball coach, Mr. O'Leary, is particularly endearing, gruff, and exacting but also willing to gamble on the kids when the moment seems right. Deuker offers no easy answers; he's honest enough to leave Trent's future unresolved. The conclusion isn't entirely realistic, but the story is satisfying and hopeful, and the book will be an easy sell. Frances Bradburn
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This Book was very captivating, and kept me up until 2 A.M reading.
Solon Middle School
The book, Night Hoops by Carl Deuker was a stunning, plot twisting novel that is a great read for young sports fans.
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Nick's desire is to be a great player and also to make the varsity basketball team as a sophomore.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Brian on March 16, 2005
Format: Paperback
Carl Dueker creates a well-written story about a young boy's love for the game of basketball and his everyday life. Nick Abbott is a sophomore in high school and wants to be the star basketball player more than anything.

He faces several problems in his life. For example, his parents are going through a divorce. Also, Nick has to face his angry neighbor, Trent Dawson, who is also on the basketball team. The boys start to become friends as they practice playing basketball every night on Nick's backyard court. Nick starts to grow up in many ways on the court and off of it while he is dealing with his new life changes. The main message of the book is that it is very important to make adjustments during the course of a game, as well as, to learn that adjustments are important in life, too.

Night Hoops was a really great book and I recommend this to all boys. This is a great novel about basketball and friendship. I really understood this book and what Nick was thinking the whole way through. Carl Deuker shoots and scores with this book, Night Hoops!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Dani on January 27, 2005
Format: Paperback
This book has good points and bad points. One of the good points is the fact that its a story about two completely different people who are brought together by their common interest in basketball. Another good point is that one of the characters father keeps pressuring him into basketball but instead he follows his dreams and plays the trumpet in the school band. Some bad points are that the book is too predictable. For example like they win a basketball game by a buzzer beater shot. Another bad point is that the book moves kind of slowly. I still enjoyed the book very much.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on March 30, 2005
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I felt ashamed during reading this book. In the book, Night Hoops the main character Nick tries hard to go into varsity basketball and tries hard to be friend with Trent. After reading this book, I learned that working is the shortcut to success.

Nick gets bad news that his parents are divorcing, but he still practices with his friends and gets ready for tryouts. Nick makes the team, same as his friend Luke. Also his neighbor Trent makes the team and everybody in the team hates him because Trent and his brother are bullies. Trent begins to come to Nick's backyard at night to play basketball. Suddenly Nick joins and they become friends. Nick and Trent begin to play basketball as a team and they win the championship. Trent also thanks Nick for helping out with his school work and his personal things about his brother. They become best friends.

I recommend this book to kids who love basketball or kids that have problems with their friends. Also this book never makes you bored and it's a great story. It was also great that a normal nice kid like Nick was the main character.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A 12-year old reader on February 12, 2002
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Basketball, Passion and friendship is what this book is about. Nick Abbott is your average basketball loving 9th grader who decides to try out for the varsity team at Bothell High School. But just like the game, Nick's life has some twists and tuns, some low points and high ones. How will he handle the neighborhood bullies, Trent Dawson and his crazy brother Zack? And what about his father and his trumpet loving older brother? MOST important, what about the part that decides his future, the tryouts? This book kept pulling me in, and I wanted more. Nick's life revolves around basketball, but with it come some unexpected surprises, that make you love Nick and his world even more. From a girl's view, this book deserves five stars, and I think that a guy who loves, or even doesn't love basketball, would really like this book.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 12, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I thought Night Hoops was a brilliant book. I wouldnt change a word of it! Carl Deuker has written a great series of books but this is by far the best book he's written. The way he described the different characters and what happened in all of Nick Abbot's basketball games was the reson I didn't want to put it down and I hope you wont either.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on February 28, 2001
Format: Hardcover
As you enter the book of Night Hoops you will forget all other books you have read in the the past. As you step into Nick Abbott's life it goes beyond the game of basketball. It is the good moments and the bad for Nick and his friend like Luke. This mostly takes place on and of the at Nick's house in Seattle Org. where all of Nick's friends come to play, because he does have the best court there. This book also has its share of of diobolic characters such as the Dawsons pertaining to to Zack and Trent that live right nextdoor to Nick, his mom and his older brother Scott. Nick fights through having divorced parents and almost never gets to see his Dad anymore, which is hard for Nick to do because his Dad is allso in love with the game of basketball and he taught him the way to play the game. When Trent and Nick were playing basketball at Nick's house one day and Zack called Trent over to show him something that was in his pocket but Nick could't see before Zack ran off.I won't tell you what was in Zack's pocket or any other details in this very powerfull book I hope you are going to find out on your own.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on March 3, 2004
Format: Paperback
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Night Hoops is a good compelling story about a kid named Nick and his rivals Trent, but then both of them make the Bothell basketball team. When the team starts out the season they didn't have a good start, but once Nick and Trent slowly become friends the season starts coming together.
In the over-all rating I give it a five star rating. I really got interested in the book it kept me up late into the night reading. It really kept me interested and I never wanted to stop but unfortunately I had to.
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