Middle School / Books Rule!
Recommended books for grades 5-8

SASQUATCH IN THE PAINT, by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Raymond Obstfeld


The story: Theo has turned into a giant overnight, and Coach has recruited him for the basketball team. But being tall isn’t the same as being coordinated, and Theo is a mess on the court. Worse, all the hours he spends practicing is taking away from his time on the science team, where his geeky best friends hang out. What should he do? Hang with the homeys and stay a geek forever–especially now that the cute new girl turns out to be a brain too? Or should he head for the bright lights and popularity that come with being an athlete?

Mrs. Friend’s opinion: There was a lot more going on in this story than just the game, and Theo ends up a lot smarter–and stronger–than he started out. If you’re a kid who only wants to read about sports, check this one out–you might end up liking mysteries or buddy fiction too!


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