Hoop Magic

by Eric Howling

In sports you don't have to be a player to win

Orlando O'Malley has had to overcome a lot to play basketball. He's the worst shooter on the Evergreen Eagles middle school team. He can barely dribble around a cone in practice. And he's certainly the shortest. But Orlando has two special talents: a winning personality and the ability to call play-by-play almost everything that is happening around him.

Orlando really wants to be a star player, but despite his best efforts he can't quite seem to make the right play at the right time. His biggest contributions to the team are his ability to get them energized and to call the shots. But accepting these as his special talents means he has to give up his dream of playing basketball.

About the Author

Eric Howling
ERIC HOWLING is an advertising copywriter living in Calgary. His novels in Lorimer's Sports Stories series have been shortlisted for the Hackmatack Children''s Choice Book Award, selected as a Resoure Links Year''s Best, and selected by the Canadian Children's Book Centre as Best Books for Kids & Teens.


"If your readers are basketball fans or sports fans of realistic fiction, they will enjoy this story of Orlando. With side issues of sibling rivalry, how to make and be a friend, and a focus on self-acceptance, this story moves along quickly." Rated E: excellent, enduring, everyone should read it!
Sarah Nelson, Resource Links
"Hoop Magic is an exciting story about basketball and adversity. Orlando is very short and thinks that is the reason he isn't a good basketball player. He is also looking for acceptance from his family, friends and his team... This book would be an excellent class novel for individual reading or as a read-aloud choice." Highly Recommended.
Deborah Mervold, CM: Canadian Review of Materials


Canadian Children's Book Centre Best Books for Kids & Teens
One of the Year's Best for 2013 - Resource Links

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