Friday, February 17, 2012
Basketball Disasters by Claudia Mills
Brody is all excited about playing basketball and wants Mason to be on his team. Mason is not so sure, but Brody's enthusiasm was catching. He was even getting a bit into it until his father ends up being made the coach...
Alfred A Knopf sent me a copy of this book for review (thank you). It's part of the Mason Dixon series and is available at your local bookstore now.
Mason is not into sports, but his mother thinks he ought to be. He likes Brody, so he thinks maybe basketball might be OK. Having his dad as coach is a pain though. How can someone coach a team when he's never played basketball except in P.E. many moons ago? (He gets a book and reads about it.)
The first game they play they lose badly, 43-8. And the coach wants them to excel in sportsmanship. That means you should accept defeat graciously. Yeah, right.
Dunk is back, too. He likes giving Mason a bad time and is much stronger and a better basketball player, too. Of course, he's on the other team.
And then there is Dylan. He can't catch a ball, dribble or make a basket, but he's on the team.
Ms. Mills does a nice job of teaching gentle life lessons in her books. Mason ends up learning things about both his friends and his enemies in this story.