Love & Basketball meets Dragon Hoops in this authentic, accessible novel about two girls finding the truth about themselves – and their families – against the backdrop of competitive basketball.
Cincinnati, Ohio, lives and dies by college basketball, with two elite Division I rivals separated by a mere three miles.
Rory’s dad just secured a new coaching gig at University of Cincinnati, so it means yet another school and move for her, only this time to her dad’s hometown. Rory’s life revolves around basketball; she’s never had a close friend outside of it. Could this be a chance for a fresh start?
Abby has always lived in Cincinnati, where her dad grew up playing ball and now coaches at Xavier University. But Abby has recently retreated from basketball after a frustrating season that left her confidence in shambles. This year, she finds herself on the outside looking in when it comes to her former teammates, and she could seriously use a new friend.
The coach’s daughters connect over their shared love of the game when Abby chaperones Rory on her first day of school. But when Abby’s dad practically forbids their friendship because of something that happened between him and Rory’s dad when they were younger, Abby and Rory have no choice but to move their budding friendship underground.
Can the two of them get to the bottom of what went down between their dads in the 1990s before history repeats itself?
Coming October 24, 2023 from Chronicle Kids
304 pages / ages 10-14 / grades 5-9 / ISBN 9781797215617