Game Time, Mallory! (Mallory)

by Laurie Friedman (Author) Jennifer Kalis (Illustrator)

Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd Grade
Series: Mallory
Mallory can't wait to play in her town's new girls' basketball league! What could be more fun than trying something new and being on a team? But Mallory's basketball career gets off to a rocky start. None of her friends are on her team. And no matter how much she tries, she can't make a basket. Mallory works as hard as she can to improve. But as her team heads to the playoffs, she still feels like the weakest player. Will she let her teammates down? Or is there more to being part of a team than just winning the game?

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Review quotes

"Mallory looks forward to playing basketball when she signs up with a league, but after she freezes up and makes mistakes during games, anxiety sets in. With support from her coach, family, and friends, she begins to relax, improve, and enjoy her first experience on a sports team. Mallory's first-person narration reports her thoughts and emotions with play-by-play immediacy, while the many grayscale illustrations portray this appealing fourth-grader in action, on and off the court. Two mean-girl teammates change their ways in time to create a happy ending for the book, for its heroine, and for fans of the Mallory series." —Booklist Online

Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Publication date
January 20, 2015

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