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Elle of the Ball (1) (Hoops) Hardcover – March 13, 2018
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"Readers will be eager to see where the rest of the series takes Elle and her teammates... The author’s name may draw some recognition from big WNBA fans, but the diverse cast and timely subject matter for girls in middle grades are what will make this a strong choice for middle grades sports collections.", School Library Journal
- Lexile Measure : 650L
- Grade Level : 3 - 7
- Item Weight : 9.6 ounces
- Hardcover : 160 pages
- ISBN-10 : 153441231X
- ISBN-13 : 978-1534412316
- Product Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.25 inches
- Publisher : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (March 13, 2018)
- Language: : English
- Reading level : 8 - 12 years
- Best Sellers Rank: #928,199 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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An important aspect of the book is that it doesn't end with everything turning out perfectly. It ends on a good note, but it is clear that life is full of ups and downs.
Elle has a problem after summer break. She's tall. Super tall, and while her basketball team sees this as a chance for a great season, she's trying to figure out how to handle her changing body. Not only does she seem to have troubles handling her long legs and big feet, but a new challenge comes at her when she's faced with ballroom dancing.
There aren't many books out there, which center around middle grade girls and basketball. So this one is a treat in that sense alone. But this one goes a step further than that. Elle is a pretty average girl, except for the fact that she's a giant when compared to other girls her age. Her uncertainty and self-criticism is something very common for the age group, as kids try to figure out what to do with their developing bodies and where it puts them. But it's so much more than that. Even seemingly ridiculous things like ballroom dancing for a class pose problems as she has to find a dress and deal with dancing with someone much shorter than her. It's these types of 'little' problems kids will connect to and understand Elle's difficulties and uncertainties.
Elle isn't alone in this but has friends and understanding parents at her side. It's a wonderful balance between figuring things out for herself, while having the extra support when needed. The friendships are inspiring. . .not always perfect. . .but as they should be.
The author brings across a realistic, middle grade world. The concerns, actions, reactions and hopes fit the age group well. Some of the dialogue is a little unnatural at times, but not enough to bother the flow of the story. There's always something going on, and it's easy to empathize with Elle as she figures things out. The basketball scenes and how the age group views the sport are spot on, which will please basketball fans.
Girls who like basketball and tales of the troubles of growing up during middle grade are sure to enjoy this tale.
I received a complimentary copy and enjoyed it enough to leave my honest thoughts.