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OPEN COURT by Carol Clippinger

OPEN COURT

By Carol Clippinger

Age Range: 12 - 14

Pub Date: June 12th, 2007
ISBN: 978-0-375-84049-4
Publisher: Knopf

Thirteen-year-old tennis phenomenon Hall Braxton has been competing in tennis tournaments since she was six. Her next step is to turn pro, but to do that she must attend a tennis academy. Her parents and coach want to send her to a prestigious academy in Florida. Hall is afraid she won’t measure up to the other students. What if, for the first time, she isn’t the best? After a personal set-back during her visit to the academy, Hall discovers she has an inner strength that motivates her for the right reasons, and no matter what happens at the new school, she’ll be all right. Hall’s observations about her talent, her fear of having a nervous breakdown like her friend, and fellow doubles partner, are told in her voice that often seems older than her years. Fans of tennis and readers who have experienced the similar pressures will relate to Hall’s mixture of excitement and apprehension. (Fiction. 12-14)