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Rivals



by
Tommy Greenwald

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Abrams
Imprint
Amulet
ISBN
9781419748271
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From the author of the award-winning Game Changer comes a gripping novel about two student-athletes searching for stardom, a young reporter searching for the truth, and a crosstown basketball rivalry that goes too far.

The people of Walthorne love their basketball—and one of the things they love most is the special rivalry between the Walthorne North Middle School Cougars and the Walthorne South Middle School Panthers. As the season begins, two star players are feeling the heat: Austin Chambers, captain of Walthorne North, worries that he’s not good enough to live up to his father’s legacy, while across town, the brilliantly talented Carter Haswell, captain of Walthorne South, is already under pressure to get a scholarship that might ease his family’s financial stress.

While both boys do whatever they can to make sure their team wins, Alfie Jenks, a school sports reporter, discovers that behind-the-scenes scandals are just as much a part of youth sports as on-the-court action. When she blows the story wide open, the whole season is jeopardized.

Told through a series of flashbacks, newspaper reports, social media posts, and interviews, Rivals will have readers tearing through the pages to see what happens next—and asking themselves if winning has become more important than doing the right thing.Author’s note.

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Discrimination: General , Language: Mild Language , Language: Infrequent Use

Details

Format

Print

Page Count

320

Trim Size

8" x 5 1/2"

Dewey

F

AR

0: points 0

Genre

Fiction

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

Aug 2021

Book Genres

Sports, Realistic Fiction

Topics

Conduct of life. Basketball. Middle schools. Competition (psychology). Student newspapers and periodicals. Sports and recreation. Point of view. 

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Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

Gr 5-7–The start of a new basketball season ignites old rivalries for Carter and Austin. The boys are star captains of their town’s two middle school teams: Austin plays for Walthorne North, Carter for Walthorne South. The 14-year-olds, both white, once played pickup games together before increasing attention, and expectations at school and home made them wary strangers. Fueled by simmering resentment between the schools —North is wealthy, South is not—it isn’t long before the rivalry between them gets out of hand. Carter’s classmate and sports reporter Alfie (also white) covers the rising tensions; her character effectively embodies the media’s power and influence. Told in first-person narration, texts, social media posts, and Alfie’s radio interviews (similar to Greenwald’s Game Changer) this is a fast-paced cautionary tale condemning adults’ tendency to prioritize winning at all costs over allowing kids to simply enjoy the game. Scenes of action on the court are vivid and exciting but take a back seat to Austin and Carter’s struggles to cope with the burdens placed upon them while determining their own future. Give to fans of Jason Reynolds and Kwame Alexander’s sports novels. VERDICT Recommended for middle grade collections; a good choice for a community-wide reading initiative.–Marybeth Kozikowski, Sachem P.L., Holbrook, NY

Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

Gr 5-7–The start of a new basketball season ignites old rivalries for Carter and Austin. The boys are star captains of their town’s two middle school teams: Austin plays for Walthorne North, Carter for Walthorne South. The 14-year-olds, both white, once played pickup games together before increasing attention, and expectations at school and home made them wary strangers. Fueled by simmering resentment between the schools —North is wealthy, South is not—it isn’t long before the rivalry between them gets out of hand. Carter’s classmate and sports reporter Alfie (also white) covers the rising tensions; her character effectively embodies the media’s power and influence. Told in first-person narration, texts, social media posts, and Alfie’s radio interviews (similar to Greenwald’s Game Changer) this is a fast-paced cautionary tale condemning adults’ tendency to prioritize winning at all costs over allowing kids to simply enjoy the game. Scenes of action on the court are vivid and exciting but take a back seat to Austin and Carter’s struggles to cope with the burdens placed upon them while determining their own future. Give to fans of Jason Reynolds and Kwame Alexander’s sports novels. VERDICT Recommended for middle grade collections; a good choice for a community-wide reading initiative.–Marybeth Kozikowski, Sachem P.L., Holbrook, NY

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