Catching Confidence (Jake Maddox JV Girls)

by Jake Maddox (Author)

Reading Level: 4th − 5th Grade
When Ana Flores spies a college team practicing, she's immediately drawn to the power and grace of softball. She knows she'll need practice and experience if she's going to play with her school team. Unfortunately, she's paired with Mali, the most demanding player on the team. Will Ana find the confidence to compete?
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Gr 4-7—A part of the "Jake Maddox" collection, these middle grade books are focused on female athletes who share a passion for their sports. Tamaya Jackson is the captain of her gymnastics team in Aerials and Envy. After a local news station makes her the center of their segment on the team, she must learn how to share attention and be a good teammate. In Catching Confidence, bookish Ana finds herself fascinated by softball after seeing a college team play. When she does not earn a spot on her school's team, she must gain confidence and work with a combative teammate. Each story is balanced between detailed descriptions of the athletics and interpersonal relationships with team members, though the plots can occasionally be slow-paced. The books, which are written at a third grade reading level, include a glossary of sports terms, discussion questions, writing prompts, and additional information about the sport. VERDICT With diverse, relatable characters, this series can fill the gap in many collections for appealing hi-lo sports titles directed towards girls.

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Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Stone Arch Books
Publication date
January 01, 2018
Jake Maddox Jv Girls
BISAC categories
JUV039060 - Juvenile Fiction | Social Themes | Friendship
JUV039140 - Juvenile Fiction | Social Themes | Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance
JUV032010 - Juvenile Fiction | Sports & Recreation | Baseball
Library of Congress categories
Teamwork (Sports)
Hispanic Americans
Sports fiction

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