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The Hoop Kid from Elmdale Park Paperback – October 23, 2013
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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. This fast-paced middle-grade read has cool graphics depicting all the action of the characters throughout the pages. This story isn't just about sports, it covers crucial topics such as standing up for what's right and utilizing your voice. Parents and teachers can use this story as a tool for opening up dialogue regarding family, friendship, sportsmanship and bullying.
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.
He enters the Annual Elmdale Park Basketball Tournament,than learns the Elmdale Park is to be shut down by millionaire, Victor Franco and turned into what else a city dump,if his team does not win this year.....
Filled with exciting graphics,a wacky crew of Basketball players and yes its rivals and the historic Elmdale Park. What a fun way for Middle Schoolers to learn bravery, community support and sports. There is more to sportsmanship than just playing and winning the game. Brilliantly written, with fun illustrations. A must for not only Middle Schoolers but for children of all ages, including us Seniors. I loved this story, Bernard's bravery,integrity and determination to pull a team together and make a difference. The family dynamics is awesome as well as the community support. It takes all types to be a Warrior, which Bernard proves. What an entertaining story, from the comic book characters to Basketball to the storyline, readers will be thrilled to read this story. I would highly recommend "The Loop Kid". Bernard is a true role model for youngsters in today's world. What's next for the Loop Kid? I hope we will read more of Bernard, and Elmdale Park. What a job well done! Received for an honest review from the publisher and/or publicist.
HEAT RATING: NONE
REVIEWED BY: AprilR, Courtesy of My Book Addiction and More