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From New York Times bestselling author Mike Lupica comes a story about a young basketball player confronting the truth about his hero and grappling with right and wrong on and off the court.Gramps is...
From New York Times bestselling author Mike Lupica comes a story about a young basketball player confronting the truth about his hero and grappling with right and wrong on and off the court.Gramps is...
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  • From New York Times bestselling author Mike Lupica comes a story about a young basketball player confronting the truth about his hero and grappling with right and wrong on and off the court.
    Gramps is Lucas's hero, which is second only to the fact that he is also Lucas's basketball coach. Gramps coached the team to victory in the championships last year, and when he decides to come out of retirement to coach another season, Lucas is thrilled. This season will absolutely be the greatest yet.

    So when his English teacher challenges the class to write a biography of the person they most admire, Lucas can't think of anyone he'd rather write about.

    Except...Gramps is being cagey. He avoids every question Lucas asks, and gets angry every time Lucas brings up his past as a hotshot basketball player. Lucas can't help but wonder—is there something Gramps is trying to hide? And if there is, will Lucas be prepared to face the truth about the man he thought he knew?

    With basketball championships fast approaching, time is running out for Lucas to decide.

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  • Mike Lupica is the author of multiple bestselling books for young readers, including the Home Team series, QB 1, Heat, Travel Team, Million-Dollar Throw, and The Underdogs. He has carved out a niche as the sporting world's finest storyteller. Mike lives in Connecticut with his wife and their four children. When not writing novels, he writes for Daily News (New York) and is an award-winning sports commentator. You can visit Mike Lupica at MikeLupicaBooks.com.

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  • Publisher's Weekly

    April 20, 2020
    Lupica’s newest feel-good sports story features dutiful 12-year-old Lucas Winston who, having lost his father to cancer when he was an infant, looks to his grandfather for guidance, especially when it comes to basketball. Now, with Gramps returning to coach the Claremont Wolves, Lucas is confident that their talented team will dominate the season. When Lucas is assigned a biographical essay to write, he knows immediately that he wants to write about Gramps, who turns him down, unwilling to share anything about his earlier life. As Lucas pokes around, then learns the startling truth about Gramps’s college career, he questions everything he thought he knew about his beloved grandfather, including whether he’s the best coach for the team. Though the story’s trajectory matches Lupica’s tried-and-true story arc, his familiar nuts-and-bolts writing style will appeal to even struggling readers, while play-by-play descriptions of the on-court action add excitement and tension. In true Lupica style, though, the meat of the story happens off the court, where a relatable kid faces realistic challenges that young fans will know only too well. Ages 8–12. Agent: Esther Newberg, ICM Partners.

  • School Library Journal

    June 1, 2020

    Gr 3-7-Lucas Winston is having a great year. He has great friends, he's making good grades in school, and his basketball team, the Wolves, coached by his grandfather Sam Winston, is undefeated so far. Lucas's father is deceased, but Lucas is close to his mom and Sam has stepped into the role of father figure. He and Sam bond over basketball, and Sam always offers solid life advice along with basketball tips. But things start to unravel when Lucas, a passionate writer, wants to compose a biographical paper about his grandfather. Against Sam's wishes, Lucas researches his grandfather's past. In the process, a secret comes to light that threatens the team, and more importantly, Lucas's relationship with his grandfather. Once again, Lupica has crafted characters who are sympathetic and realistic. The writing style is age appropriate with engaging dialogue and captivating scene-building, particularly those of the basketball games. VERDICT An enjoyable, suspenseful story about relationships that will appeal to middle grade readers, and especially those who have a passion for basketball.-Margaret A. Robbins, Univ. of Georgia, Athens

    Copyright 2020 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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