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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Library Binding: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers (June 12, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375940499
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375940491
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 6.5 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,584,505 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Carol Clippinger lives in Colorado and is a lifelong fan of tennis. This is her first novel.


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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By TeensReadToo on June 12, 2007
Format: Hardcover
It seems there are a lot of YA books lately with sports themes, but tennis isn't usually the sport of choice. Carol Clippinger's OPEN COURT presents the competitive and emotional pressures of tennis.

Holloway "Hall" Braxton is just thirteen and is making her mark in the world of tennis. She has pretty much outgrown her competition in Colorado, so what is next? Both her coach and her parents think it's time to start looking at improving her world ranking, but Hall isn't sure she's ready. Competing in world class tournaments means moving on from her local coach and attending one of the private tennis academies her parents have been researching. It also means moving away from home.

Hall's life is suddenly more complicated than ever. It's not just her tennis life that is changing. She and her best friend seem to be headed in different directions. Her doubles partner recently suffered a nervous breakdown and is currently living in a mental facility. And then there's Luke, the country club, private school heartthrob who is suddenly paying Hall a lot of attention.

Every night Hall presses her ear to the heating vent between her room and the kitchen to hear her parents plot and plan her tennis future. Her father has his sights set on Bickford Tennis Academy in Florida. Her mother (Hall calls her The Weak Link) seems less sure about sending their only daughter off to swampy Florida and tennis torture. No one bothers asking Hall what she wants, and it's beginning to freak her out.

For awhile Hall tries to lose herself in the world outside tennis. She hangs with her friends, especially handsome Luke and new friend, Polly.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Emma on November 14, 2011
Format: Hardcover
this is a great book
i reccomend it to young readers
it is funny interesting and suprising
please read this book you will like it
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By Lindsay on March 28, 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Carol Clippinger is by far the best author I've come across. Her intelligence and passion for tennis really shows in her writing. This is a wonderful, inspiring book that definitely deserves a five star rating. Keep the books coming Carol!
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