Hoops: A Graphic Novel

Matt Tavares


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A work of fiction inspired by a true story, Matt Tavares's debut graphic novel dramatizes the historic struggle for gender equality in high school sports.

It is 1975 in Indiana, and the Wilkins Regional High School girls' basketball team is in their rookie season. Despite being undefeated, they practice at night in the elementary school and play to empty bleachers. Unlike the boys' team, the Lady Bears have no buses to deliver them to away games and no uniforms, much less a laundry service. They make their own uniforms out of T-shirts and electrical tape. And with help from a committed female coach, they push through to improbable victory after improbable victory. Illustrated in full color, this story about the ongoing battle of women striving for equality in sports rings with honesty, bravery, and heart.

Publisher: Candlewick Press (MA)
Published: 03/14/2023
Pages: 224
Weight: 1.6lbs
Size: 8.58h x 6.14w x 0.94d
ISBN: 9781536201369
Age: Ages 9-12

Accelerated Reader:
Reading Level: 2.6
Point Value: 1
Interest Level: Middle Grade
Quiz #/Name: 519245 / Hoops

Review Citation(s):
Kirkus Reviews 12/15/2022
Booklist 02/01/2023 pg. 41
Bulletin of Ctr for Child Bks 03/01/2023
Horn Book Magazine 03/01/2023 pg. 82
School Library Journal 04/21/2023 pg. 1

About the Author
Matt Tavares is the author-illustrator of the New York Times best-selling picture book Dasher, as well as Red and Lulu and several sports biographies, including Becoming Babe Ruth and Growing Up Pedro. He is also the illustrator of Twenty-One Steps: Guarding the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier by Jeff Gottesfeld, The Gingerbread Pirates by Kristin Kladstrup, 'Twas the Night Before Christmas, and Over the River and Through the Wood, among many other picture books. Matt Tavares lives in Maine.