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Hoop Genius
How a Desperate Teacher and a Rowdy Gym Class Invented Basketball
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By John Coy
Illustrated by Joe Morse
©2013
Carolrhoda Books

Series: Carolrhoda Picture Books

ISBN-10: 0-7613-6617-2
ISBN-13: 978-0-7613-6617-1

Pages: 32
Trim Size: 9 1/4 x 11
Dewey: 796.323'2
Reading Level: 3

Interest Level: 2-5
Ages: 7-11

ATOS Quiz #: 156779
ATOS AR Points: 0.50
ATOS: 4.60

Lexile Level: 880
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by John Coy

Taking over a rowdy gym class right before winter vacation is not something James Naismith wants to do at all. The last two teachers of this class quit in frustration. The students—a bunch of en...
Full-Color Illustrations, Original Artwork
About the Author
John Coy is the author of the picture books Night Driving, Strong to the Hoop, Vroomaloom Zoom, Two Old Potatoes and Me, Around the World, and Hoop Genius. Strong to the Hoop is also available in Spanish as Directo Al Aro and Two Old Potatoes and Me is available in Chinese.
John is a member of the NBA Reading All-Star Team as part of the Read to Achieve program. Crackback, his first young adult novel, is about high school football and his second, Box Out, is about high school basketball. 
He is also the author of the popular 4 for 4 middle-grade series, featuring Top of the Order, Eyes on the Goal, Love of the Game, and Take Your Best Shot. John lives in Minneapolis and visits schools nationally and internationally.

About the Illustrator
Joe Morse is an award-winning illustrator and artist. His work has graced everything from billboards in England to coins in Canada. He directs the Illustration Degree program at Sheridan Institute outside of Toronto. Joe lives in Toronto with his wife, the illustrator/designer Lorraine Tuson, and their 2 children.
Black Eyed Susan Book Awards
Booklist Top 10 Sports Books for Youth
Cooperative Children's Book Center (CCBC) Choices
Star Of The North Picture Book Award
The Horn Book Magazine
"Coy understands the power of detail...and his tight focus on the game's initial season is immediately engrossing. Spare, precise language reflects the game's welcome sense of order as well as its athletic appeal. Morse's kinetic paintings, at once dynamic and controlled, fill the spreads, capturing the game's combination of power and finesse." --starred, The Horn Book Magazine
Library Media Connection
"Naismith's story offers an excellent way to reach reluctant readers when launching a research project or collaborating across disciplines." —Library Media Connection
The New York Times Book Review
"There's a bit of Otto Dix in Morse's distinctive paintings, with their angular contours and somber, blue-tinted skin, which lends an incongruous, though not displeasing, coolness to the notably hot-blooded sport." —The New York Times Book Review

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