Power Forward (Kobo eBook)
From the critically acclaimed author of Amina’s Voice comes the first book in an exciting new middle grade series about a fourth-grader with big dreams of basketball stardom.
Fourth grader Zayd Saleem has some serious hoop dreams. He’s not just going to be a professional basketball player. He’s going to be a star. A legend. The first Pakistani-American kid to make it to the NBA. He knows this deep in his soul. It’s his destiny. There are only a few small things in his way.
For starters, Zayd’s only on the D-team. (D stands for developmental, but to Zayd it’s always felt like a bad grade or something.) Not to mention, he’s a bit on the scrawny side, even for the fourth grade team. But his best friend Adam is on the Gold Team, and it’s Zayd’s dream for the two of them to play together.
His mom and dad don’t get it. They want him to practice his violin way more than his jump shot. When he gets caught blowing off his violin lessons to practice, Zayd’s parents lay down the ultimate punishment: he has to hang up his high tops and isn’t allowed to play basketball anymore.
As tryouts for the Gold Team approach, Zayd has to find the courage to stand up for himself and chase his dream.
This book always tops my list of favorite read-aloud picture books!
Jasper Rabbit is SURE he is ready for his very-grown-up pair of Creepy Underwear, which glows in the dark! After convincing his mom to get him a pair, Jasper learns that the Creepy Underwear may be a bit creepier than he was ready for! This book is far more than just a Halloween book—it’s hilarious and delightful ANY time of the year! Be sure to enjoy its perfect companion book, Creepy Carrots!
(Picture Book) - reviewed by Isabel