Kings of the Court

 

(Orca Book Publishers, 2017)

* 2018 Diamond Willow nominee (SK Young Readers' Choice Awards)

* CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens 2017

When the Gladiators basketball team's coach finally gets turfed midseason, can Sameer and Vijay help a small, unathletic, Shakespeare-quoting drama teacher coach the team to victory, or at least to dignity? 

Kirkus Reviews  "...[E]xuberantly multiracial and multiethnic...a good-hearted story of gladiators, kings and kids with dreams."

Resource Links  "An unlikely blend of personalities and characters working together promotes the concept of tolerance...Recommended."

Library Bound (Staff Favorite)  "This is a really funny, funny book with diverse characters and helpful, empowering messages about bullying, theatre and embracing differences, challenges and change."

School Library Connection "[A]ppealing characters, a realistic plot, and plenty of events that take place on the court."

Quill & Quire "...well paced, and its characters are realistically rendered with depth...a good story about overcoming challenges."

CM Magazine  "great pacing and plot arc ...The juxtaposition of theatre and sports creates an interesting dynamic."