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by Kevin Waltman
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Bank Street's Best Children's & Young Adult Books of the Year, 2014
"I don't know why it's so hard for grown folk to just let kids stay kids for a while."

Product Details

10-digit ISBN1-935955-64-0
13-digit ISBN978-1-935955-64-1
Also Available InPaperback
Page Count216
Product Dimensions6x9
Publication DateSeptember 23, 2013
Starred Review1 Stars - see reviews
RightsAll Rights Available
Derrick Bowen has one thing on his mind when basketball practice starts his freshman year: winning the starting point guard job. (Well, a girl too.) But his old-school coach makes him sit on the bench. An elite prep school wants him to transfer from his inner-city public school, but all the adults steering him there have ideas of their own.
Kirkus Reviews
“Waltman’s series opener (first of a planned four) features plenty of basketball action fueled by hoops slang that will set basketball-mad readers right onto the court … The author avoids slam-dunk answers, leaving readers poised for the next book. Like Derrick, this series is off to a promising high school career.”
- September 18, 2013  Visit Website
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Publishers Weekly
“packed with ... action, but also impressively multifaceted, as it examines neighborhood rivalries, the tremendous pressures that come with making one's first adult decisions, and the values of both teamwork and individuality.”
- December 1, 2013  Visit Website
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The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books 1 Stars
The book bypasses the customary convolutions in this sharply honed drama, making D-Bow’s story even more realistic and engaging for its sheer credibility. There are no good guys or bad guys here, no crimes or even bad decisions, just the strenuous effort of personal discipline and team-building that any athlete D-Bow’s age might encounter. Waltman’s acute ear for dialogue and effortless mastery at describing extended plays add the flash and velocity to keep readers fully invested in the outcome of the raggedy season.
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Tuscaloosa News
"In "Next," Waltman's third novel, he has created a more accurate picture of Hoosier basketball and done so with considerable elegance and authority, and without stereotypes."
- Don Noble, September 6, 2014  Visit Website
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Alabama Writers' Forum
"Young basketball enthusiasts will love it … These choices [Derrick faces] are not sensational, but they are real and important."
- Don Noble, October 3, 2014  Visit Website
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