Search Results: "John Coy"


BOOK REVIEW

GAME CHANGER by John Coy
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2015

"Though necessarily brief and lacking in nuance, the story is nevertheless a charming read for young basketball fans. (author's note, timeline, bibliography) (Informational picture book. 7-11)"
A picture-book account of a historic, secret basketball matchup in the Jim Crow South. Read full book review >

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HOOP GENIUS by John Coy
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2013

"Given its limited scope, both hoops fans—who will be familiar with this story from rule and sports-history books—and newbies may feel this book has left them circling the rim. (author's note; selected bibliography) (Informational picture book. 5-10)"
This picture-book basketball history spotlights how James Naismith came to invent the game now played around the world. Read full book review >

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NIGHT DRIVING by John Coy
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

Staying up all night is one of those small yet significant childhood rites of passage, a first glimpse at adulthood, recreated here by two picture-book newcomers. Read full book review >

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CRACKBACK by John Coy
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Nov. 1, 2005

"Most of the recent quality sports fiction has focused on basketball or wrestling, which makes this extra welcome. (Fiction. YA)"
Miles is excited about his junior-year football season. Read full book review >

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STRONG TO THE HOOP by John Coy
Released: Sept. 15, 1999

"Cleanly compelling. (Picture book. 6-8)"
James, ten, makes the most of a sudden chance to run with the big boys in this hard-fought game of playground basketball. Read full book review >

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BOX OUT by John Coy
FICTION
Released: June 1, 2008

High-school sophomore Liam Bergstrom is excited to have been called up from JV to play varsity basketball. Read full book review >

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LOVE OF THE GAME by John Coy
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 2, 2011

"Realistic characters, believable dialogue and a genuine feel for the rhythms and issues of middle-schoolers make this a satisfying addition to a solid middle-grade set. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Middle-grade boys will welcome the latest installment of this popular sports series, this time featuring football. Read full book review >

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THE CADDIE WHO KNEW BEN HOGAN by John Coyne
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 8, 2006

"Pleasant reading for golfers, slim pickings for everyone else."
There's a doomed romance and a life-lesson for a teenager in Coyne's ninth novel, but the game's the thing, with a hole-by-hole analysis of two rounds of golf. Read full book review >

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GOING UP COUNTRY by John Coyne
NON-FICTION
Released: March 9, 1994

"Immensely diverse, often clever, unfailingly gripping as volunteers reach through barriers of tradition and culture to touch other lives, while a series of epiphanies blows their minds clear as a moonscape."
Novelist Coyne (Child of Shadows, Fury, etc.), once a Peace Corps volunteer in Ethiopia, edits a sheaf of lively essays close to his heart. Read full book review >

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TWO OLD POTATOES AND ME by John Coy
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 10, 2003

"This overdesign is unfortunate, as the optimism and good cheer of the total package are undeniably appealing. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A father and daughter bond after divorce by turning two old potatoes ("Gross!") into a gardening project. Read full book review >

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TOP OF THE ORDER by John Coy
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2009

"Appealing characters and plenty of baseball action will make this a hit with young sports fans. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Bored with school, ten-year-old Jackson Kennedy can't wait for summer baseball, but as the season approaches, so do distractions: A girl joins the team (with a pink glove, no less), his mother has begun dating again, middle school looms and his friend's father has been called up for service in Afghanistan. Read full book review >

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EYES ON THE GOAL by John Coy
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2010

"A solid, simply told sports story for readers not yet ready for John Feinstein, Mike Lupica and Robert Lipsyte. (Fiction. 8-12)"
School's out, fifth grade is over and best friends Jackson, Gig, Isaac and Diego are off to soccer camp. Read full book review >