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The Fifth Quarter


Series
The Fifth Quarter

written and illustrated by
Mike Dawson

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Macmillan
Imprint
First Second
ISBN
9781250244178
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The first book in a middle-grade graphic novel duology about a girl who deals with her insecurities through her love of basketball and her desire to get better at the game.

Lori Block is dedicated to her fourth-grade basketball team, despite being relegated to an extra period before the real game starts, known as the fifth quarter, where the not-so-good kids play and the points don’t count. That doesn’t matter to Lori though, because working on her skills gives her hints of self-confidence, which is a nice break from feeling awkward and out-of-place in her daily life. With athletic promise and a dogged determination to keep improving, Lori pursues her passion while navigating awkward social dynamics, her own expectations, and her first overnight away from home. Will her drive allow her to find true courage both on the court, in school, and at home?Full-color illustrations were created digitally.

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Details

Format

Print

Page Count

240

Trim Size

8" x 5 1/2"

Dewey

F

AR

2.2: points 1

Lexile

GN210L

Genre

Nonfic

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

Oct 2021

Book Genres

Graphic Novels, Sports

Topics

Sports and recreation. Basketball. Sportsmanship. Friendship. Best friends. Schools. Self-confidence. Motivation. Perseverance. Family life.

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Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

Gr 4-6-Fourth grader Lori Block loves playing basketball, even if she's not particularly great at it. Her coach puts her in during the fifth quarter, an extra period before the real game starts, when developing players are given the chance to practice their skills on the court. She's determined to make the regular roster next year, and when her supportive parents help her join an after-school basketball program, she practices with other aspiring athletes. As with many kids, sportsmanship doesn't come naturally to Lori; she is excited when she wins but brokenhearted when she loses and sometimes takes out her failed hoop dream frustrations on her teammates and friends. To make matters even more complicated, her passion for basketball isn't shared by her best friend and teammate Sophia, who would rather spend recess playing unicorns with their other friends than shooting hoops with Lori. Navigating tensions among her friends and coping with the strain of her mom running for a town council seat, Lori strives to improve her ball skills-and learns a lot about perseverance and grit along the way. The illustrations have a classic "Archie" comic book feel with vibrant colors. The relatable story line has an uplifting message and a Raina Telgemeier-esque vibe, which will appeal even to readers who aren't very sporty. Lori, her family, and Sophia are white. VERDICT You won't want to pass on this one! A recommended first purchase.-Abby Bussen, Muskego P.L., WI

Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

Gr 4-6-Fourth grader Lori Block loves playing basketball, even if she's not particularly great at it. Her coach puts her in during the fifth quarter, an extra period before the real game starts, when developing players are given the chance to practice their skills on the court. She's determined to make the regular roster next year, and when her supportive parents help her join an after-school basketball program, she practices with other aspiring athletes. As with many kids, sportsmanship doesn't come naturally to Lori; she is excited when she wins but brokenhearted when she loses and sometimes takes out her failed hoop dream frustrations on her teammates and friends. To make matters even more complicated, her passion for basketball isn't shared by her best friend and teammate Sophia, who would rather spend recess playing unicorns with their other friends than shooting hoops with Lori. Navigating tensions among her friends and coping with the strain of her mom running for a town council seat, Lori strives to improve her ball skills-and learns a lot about perseverance and grit along the way. The illustrations have a classic "Archie" comic book feel with vibrant colors. The relatable story line has an uplifting message and a Raina Telgemeier-esque vibe, which will appeal even to readers who aren't very sporty. Lori, her family, and Sophia are white. VERDICT You won't want to pass on this one! A recommended first purchase.-Abby Bussen, Muskego P.L., WI

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