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Product Details

  • Age Range: 7 - 10 years
  • Grade Level: 02 - 05
  • Paperback: 126 pages
  • Publisher: Elmdale Park Books (October 23, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0986059307
  • ISBN-13: 978-0986059308
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.3 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,537,935 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Before creating and developing the Elmdale Park brand and Book series, Teko spent over a decade as a creative director/graphic designer crafting stories for brands in the sportswear and sports event industries.
After an exciting career as a creative director/graphic designer in the sports world Teko set out to pursue his lifelong dream of producing kid's books & entertainment. Thus Elmdale Park was born. Elmdale Park currently produces a unique brand of middle grade chapter books & activewear with plans for animation and game apps.
Teko lives and works in Overland Park, KS, and collaborates with a team of seasoned writers, illustrators, editors and designers who also share the same passion for kids books, cartoons, sports and outdoor recreation. When he's not designing or developing new story concepts for Elmdale Park, Teko is usually reading, listening to music, enjoying the outdoors or being an amateur movie critic.

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Overall, I find this book to be great for children especially young boys.
Vonnie
What an entertaining story, from the comic book characters to Basketball to the storyline, readers will be thrilled to read this story.
My Book Addiction and More
Parents and teachers can use this story as a tool for opening up dialogue regarding family, friendship, sportsmanship and bullying.
Kristi Bernard

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By The Kindle Book Review on January 6, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
When I was a fifth grade teacher, it was a struggle to find fiction books that appealed to boys, and it was even more difficult to find books featuring male African-American main characters. The Hoop Kid From Elmdale Park fits both of these criteria, and is a title that I certainly would have recommended to my students.
The story centers around Bernard Jones, an eighth grade basketball lover, who goes to stay with his grandparents in Elmdale Park for the summer. While he is there, he forms a basketball team to take on the local bullies in an inter-neighborhood tournament. There are some zany twists and turns along the way, including a talking basketball. In addition to learning important lessons about teamwork and advocacy, Bernard bonds with both his father and grandfather over their shared love of hoops.
As I mentioned earlier, the main thing that I liked about this book is that it features characters not always represented in middle grade fiction. I found the cartoon illustrations unnecessary, but a middle school boy would probably find them appealing. This book is short, and the last half of the book, including the tournament felt rushed. However, the short length, like the illustrations, could increase the book's appeal for a reluctant reader. All in all, this was an enjoyable read that is perfect for fifth and six grade boys.

Lisa Runge (The Kindle Book Review)
The reviewer received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest and indepedent review. She is not affiliated with the author or Amazon.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kristi Bernard on January 18, 2014
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Bernard Jones was a basketball fanatic. He knew all things basketball and could often be caught daydreaming on his home court, in the yard, playing with the greats. He longed to be great on the court, but unfortunately he was height challenged. To perfect his game, Bernard saved up his pennies for what he thought would be some much needed help from the G5000. This high-tech basketball from the Fukazawa Sporting Good Equipment Institute in Japan, could be the key to his success.

Upon discovering that he and his family would have to spend another summer in Elmdale, his dads hometown, Bernard decided to take his G5000 along and practice at Elmdale Park. He could show his grandpa and cousin Maurice this latest technology. As Bernard adjusted to his new environment he made some new friends and even a few enemies. Layla worked at the library and Bernard made a point to visit her often, but he wasn't the only one trying to make a play. Big Al, the local basketball talent and bully, was there with his goons harassing Layla. In an attempt at chivalry, Bernard lands himself into a basketball challenge that could cost Elmdale their park. Bernard is faced with the biggest challenge of his life. He must put together a team, train them and win the game or Elmdale Park becomes a new dump site. Can Bernard pull it all together by himself or will he get a little help? You'll have to read this exciting story to find out.

Teko Bernard has created an exciting basketball adventure both boys and girls will love. Readers will find basketball trivia along with familiar shenanigans that happen on the court. The characters are lively and young readers will relate to them and come to love them.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Vonnie on January 12, 2014
Format: Paperback
Sports books are very popular with boys yet you don't see many sports fiction in the literature world. This book was a joy to see since it was about basketball. It was also great to learn that this was a delightful and entertaining children's book.

The story was fun. I liked how it was a mixture of realistic fiction with fantasy/science fiction. The story centered Bernard on how he was trying to gather a basketball team to finally win a game for Elmdale Park. Everything that happened in the story could be very relatable except for the basketball. That's when it became fantasy. It was still very fun to see how the basketball became a big character in the story.

The character of Bernard was inspiring. I think many boys would be able to relate to him. Not only did he love basketball but he loved his father. He showed strength and courage throughout the story. Though Bernard was upset with his father, he was still able to get past his anger and show how much he cared for him by trying to make his father's plans a reality. This kind of character is someone many boys should get to read.

This was a very entertaining read. The illustrations in the book were eye catching and made the story come to life.

My only complain about the book was that towards the ending it felt a little rushed. I would have liked to have read how the boys got trained with the basketball. Other than that, I liked the rest of the book. I especially loved how an antagonist showed a slight change at the end.

Overall, I find this book to be great for children especially young boys.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Waller on December 28, 2013
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This is a great book for kids! I really enjoyed spending time with my little girl reading this to her.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By andy guity on December 24, 2013
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it was a good book that emphasizes the great passion of the sport of basketball and the courage for a boy to fight for his home town and for his family and with that g5000 basketball!
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