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Star of the Team Paperback – September 24, 2014
Star of the Team by Beverly Stowe McClure is a wonderful children's book introducing young readers to the concepts of patience, teamwork, and friendship. The author does a great job portraying those concepts with creative character development and a heartfelt dialog throughout the book. The text is written as though it is coming straight from an 11-year-old's thoughts.
The pure innocence of a youthful mind is both humbling and humorous. The life lesson and message included in the story are powerful.
Reviewed By Michelle Robertson for Readers' Favorite
Author Beverly Stowe McClure continues to captivate young audiences with her book, STAR OF THE TEAM, which speaks to girls on many levels. Her ability to portray the myriad of hopes, fears and frustrations of her young characters is a big part of what makes McClure an exceptional writer. Fans of McClure's writing will not be disappointed with this book, which will appeal to young readers, even those who may not follow basketball.
STAR OF THE TEAM has earned the Literary Classics Seal of Approval. Top Honors Youth Book Awards. Seal of Approval. clcawards.org
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2015 Gold Star Winner - CLC - Fiction Preteen
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Because the basketball action was described perfectly--plenty of action, and no needless words, I knew that I was on the right path for a good read. Right on that first page I was introduced to many of the important characters, and one of the book's major conflicts. One line stood out showing how well the author knows kids and how to appeal to their reading taste: "She looked as if she'd swallowed up a bug and was about to puke the thing up." Now, I knew my granddaughter, Megan, would love this book because a little grossness goes a long way with young readers.
Good writing goes a long way, too. This novel is action-packed from the get-go. I think that Beverly Stowe McClure is half author, half sportscaster, and half star basketball player. (I hope you caught a little humor there.) But what I said is absolutely true. The author really knows the game of basketball, and kids. Those are two elements that really make this book a fun-read.
Speaking of humor, that's another quality of the book: it is laced with humor along the way to the championship game. And Kate struggles with staying true to her good values or being narrow-minded and negative. We are never sure how it's all going to turn out, especially after she has a major setback. And the author provides us with a number of surprises before we sit down for the final game of the season.
I liked all of the characters, especially Kate, Emily, Coach Mom and Ray. They always talk like real people, thus creating very believable characters and a story to remember. There are lessons to be gathered from this novel. They reveal themselves in a subtle way as you read the book, lessons that I hope all my grandchildren know such as: life is a team sport.
Star of the Team, by Beverly Stowe McClure, is an inspiring book for middle grade readers everywhere. Even as a grown-up, I enjoyed the characters and story. I work with kids this age and will be recommending the book. The concepts of patience, teamwork, and sportsmanship are reinforced. At the age of these characters, kids are often all about the win and lose sight of what’s really important- working together as a team. Beverly does a fantastic job portraying these concepts through creative characters who come across as typical 11 year olds. The descriptive writing is wonderful, with lines such as, “For a split second a powerful temptation to tell Emily to move again and make everybody happy teased the tip of Kate’s tongue.”
The book is humorous, as well. The characters come to life as funny, real 5th grade girls. I loved the line, “The pass sailed as wild as Bobby’s pitch. If Winnie hadn’t ducked, she’d have a new part in her hair.” Readers will grow to care about these girls and their plights and will enjoy being on the journey with them. There are great lessons to be learned in The Star of the Team. I highly recommend it!
I loved the dynamics in this novel. Kate has a deep passion for sports, family, and friendship. I’m not a sports person and rarely read sports-related books, but I found this to be engaging with a wonderful cast of characters and relatable issues.
A great read for a middle grade reader!