Off the Bench

Chris wants to be a star scorer like his brother—so why does his coach keep him waiting on the bench?
  • ISBN: 9781682634103
  • Publication date: 02/14/2023
  • Page Count: 144
  • Size: 5-1/4" x 7-1/2"
  • Age Range: 7-12
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  • ISBN: 9781682634103
  • Publication date: 02/14/2023
  • Page Count: 144
  • Size: 5-1/4" x 7-1/2"
  • Age Range: 7-12
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  • Age Range: 7-12
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  • ISBN: 9781682635070
  • Publication date: 02/14/2023
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Chris wants to be a star scorer like his brother—so why does his coach keep him waiting on the bench?

Chris comes from a sports-loving family. His brother is the star scorer on the high school team, and is being recruited by Division 3 colleges. Chris longs to earn the same adulation, and he’s a good scorer for his junior high team. But why won’t his coach start him? He’s better on defense than his rival, Carlos, and nearly as good a shooter.

Soon Chris becomes obsessed with earning a place in his team’s starting lineup. He does everything he can think of—including being an invaluable player every time he comes in. But nothing seems to get Coach’s attention. Even after he learns the history of the valuable “6th man,” Chris can’t seem to let it go. How will he ever be a big scoring star?

For every kid who hates to read but loves basketball, comes a suspenseful novel with plenty of play-by-play sports action.

Author/Illustrator

Fred Bowen

Author

Fred Bowen is a lifelong sports fanatic who has coached youth league baseball, basketball, and soccer. His kids’ sports column “The Score” appears each week in the KidsPost section of the Washington Post.

More Details

BISAC 1: JUV032020 Sports & Recreation – Basketball
BISAC 2: JUV039140 Juvenile Fiction – Social Themes – Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance
BISAC 3: JUV013070 Juvenile Fiction – Family – Siblings