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Travel team

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This edition was published in by Philomel Books in New York.

Written in English

274 pages

After he is cut from his travel basketball team--the very same team that his father once led to national prominence--twelve-year-old Danny Walker forms his own team of cast-offs that might have a shot at victory.

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Travel Team
2008, Penguin Group USA, Inc.
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Travel team
2005, Thorndike Press
in English
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Travel team
August 2005, Puffin
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Travel team
2004, Philomel Books
in English

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Travel team

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Twelve-year-old Danny Walker may be the smallest kid on the basketball court -- but don't tell him that. Because no one plays with more heart or court sense. But none of that matters when he is cut from his local travel team, the very same team his father led to national prominence as a boy. Danny's father, still smarting from his own troubles, knows Danny isn't the only kid who was cut for the wrong reason, and together, this washed-up former player and a bunch of never-say-die kids prove that the heart simply cannot be measured.He knew he was small.He just didn't think he was small.Big difference.Danny had known his whole life how small he was compared to everybody in his grade, from the first grade on. How he had been put in the front row, front and center, of every class picture taken. Been in the front of every line marching into every school assembly, first one through the door. Sat in the front of every classroom. Hey, little man. Hey, little guy. He was used to it by now. They'd been studying DNA in science lately; being small was in his DNA. He'd show up for soccer, or Little League baseball tryouts, or basketball, when he'd first started going to basketball tryouts at the Y, and there'd always be one of those clipboard dads who didn't know him, or his mom. Or his dad.Asking him: "Are you sure you're with the right group, little guy?"Meaning the right age group.It happened the first time when he was eight, back when he still had to put the ball up on his shoulder and give it a heave just to get it up to a ten–foot rim. When he'd already taught himself how to lean into the bigger kid guarding him, just because there was always a bigger kid guarding him, and then step back so he could get his dopey shot off.This was way back before he'd even tried any fancy stuff, including the crossover.He just told the clipboard dad that he was eight, that he was little, that this was his right group, and could he have his number, please? When he told his mom about it later, she just smiled and said, "You know what you should hear when people start talking about your size? Blah blah blah."He smiled back at her and said that he was pretty sure he would be able to remember that."How did you play?" she said that day, when she couldn't wait any longer for him to tell."I did okay.""I have a feeling you did more than that," she said, hugging him to her. "My streak of light."Sometimes she'd tell him how small his dad had been when he was Danny's age.Sometimes not.But here was the deal, when he added it all up: His height had always been much more of a stinking issue for other people, including his mom, than it was for him.He tried not to sweat the small stuff, basically, the way grown–ups always told you.He knew he was faster than everybody else at St. Patrick's School. And at Springs School, for that matter. Nobody on either side of town could get in front of him. He was the best passer his age, even better than Ty Ross, who was better at everything in sports than just about anybody. He knew that when it was just kids—which is the way kids always liked it in sports—and the parents were out of the gym or off the playground and you got to just play without a whistle blowing every ten seconds or somebody yelling out more instructions, he was always one of the first picked, because the other guys on his team, the shooters especially, knew he'd get them the ball.Most kids, his dad told him one time, know something about basketball that even most grown–ups never figure out.One good passer changes everything.Danny could pass, which is why he'd always made the team.Almost always.But no matter what was happening with any team...

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Travel team

This edition was published in by Philomel Books in New York.


Edition Description

After he is cut from his travel basketball team--the very same team that his father once led to national prominence--twelve-year-old Danny Walker forms his own team of cast-offs that might have a shot at victory.

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Fiction.

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[Fic]
Library of Congress
PZ7.L97914 Tr 2004

ID Numbers

Open Library
OL3680790M
Internet Archive
travelteam00lupi
ISBN 10
0399241507
LC Control Number
2003025072
OCLC/WorldCat
54392029
Library Thing
393532
Goodreads
1983012

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