Katherine Tegen Books
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.
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
adoptive single mother
Cybils Awards, 2018, Nominee, Young Adult Fiction
Minnesota Book Awards, 2019, Finalist, Young Adult Literature
basketball; support; discipline; injustice; forgiveness; courage; friendship; dreams; anger; tranquility
Herbach, Geoff, "Hooper" (2018). Diverse Families. 2037.