Hooper

Title

Hooper

Authors

Geoff Herbach

Publisher

Katherine Tegen Books

Publication Year

2018

ISBN

9780062453112

Pages

336 pages

Genre

realism

Format

novel

Item Type

Fiction

Annotation

For Adam Reed, basketball is a passport. Adam’s basketball skills have taken him from an orphanage in Poland to a loving adoptive mother in Minnesota. When he’s tapped to play on a select AAU team along with some of the best players in the state, it just confirms that basketball is his ticket to the good life: to new friendships, to the girl of his dreams, to a better future. But life is more complicated off the court. When an incident with the police threatens to break apart the bonds Adam’s finally formed after a lifetime of struggle, he must make an impossible choice between his new family and the sport that’s given him everything.

Grade Level

9-12

Lexile Measure

HL610L

Diversity Topics

Family Relationships; Culture/Ethnicity; Racial Diversity; Disability and Health; Adoption; Family Member Death; Family Violence; Homelessness; Langauge Barrier; Single Parent; Bicultural; Multiethnic; Multiracial; Race Discrimination; Addiction; Learning Disability; adoptive mother; international adoption; adopted teenager; single mother; death of a mother; grief; family tragedy; loss; domestic abuse; abusive father; violent parent; language barrier; communication barrier; learning a new language; homeless child; displaced; bicultural family; cultural heritage; different heritages; multiple ethnicities; multiracial community; skin color; multiple races; racism. prejudice; dyslexia; alcoholism

Main Character

male teenager

Race/Ethnicities

Black/White/Polish

Family Formation

adoptive single mother

Awards

Cybils Awards, 2018, Nominee, Young Adult Fiction
Minnesota Book Awards, 2019, Finalist, Young Adult Literature

Keywords

basketball; support; discipline; injustice; forgiveness; courage; friendship; dreams; anger; tranquility

Diversity Impact

direct

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