- Age Range: 9 and up
- Grade Level: 4 and up
- Lexile Measure: 670L (What's this?)
- Hardcover: 208 pages
- Publisher: Holiday House; 1st edition (April 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0823417069
- ISBN-13: 978-0823417063
- Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.8 x 0.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,071,487 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Mixed-Up Doubles Hardcover – April, 2003
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From School Library Journal
Grade 6-8-A story about forgiveness, friendship, and accepting people as they are. Hank, Jerome, and Sarah move from Los Angeles to Alamar, CA, with their father after their mother, a nationally known tennis coach, decides to put her career before her family. Hank, 14, is befriended by the nerd next door, and, despite the threat of social suicide, he and Tremont become friends. When Jerome, a nationally ranked tennis player, gives up the game and his chance of a scholarship to get back at his mother, Hank keeps pestering him to get ready for the Pacific Palisades Country Club singles and doubles tournament, and Jerry finally picks up his racket again. In order to practice, they must beat the school jocks in a match to use the courts, resulting in a hilarious scene in which the two brothers annihilate their opponents. Hank's freshman year proves to be one of great growth and understanding of relationships. His family, though separated by divorce, is still bonded together by love for one another and the friendship between Hank's parents.
Angela M. Ottman, Merton Williams' Middle School, Hilton, NY
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Gr. 8-11. The family that plays together doesn't necessarily stay together in this funny, but bittersweet, tale of divorce, narrated by 14-year-old, middle-child Hank, who hopes to bring his parents back together through a shared love of tennis. Mom, a famous tennis coach, is often on the road, so Dad moves the children from L.A. to a small California town near his job. The children hate the new place, and, angry with both parents, they have given up tennis. Older brother Jerome, a talented player, seems to have lost his ambition, little sister soaks her pillow every night, and Hank is stuck with the geek next door, Tremont, an overweight sissy who happens to be an outstanding scholar. Somehow, the geek and the jock bond; Hank helps Tremont lose weight and choose a cool nickname to impress the class; and "Monty" helps Hank improve his grades. The teenage dialogue rings true, and the story is a treat. Mom and Dad don't reconcile, but life gets better, and the parents become friends again. Jean Franklin
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