Hardcourt: Stories from 75 Years of the National Basketball Association

by Fred Bowen (Author) James E Ransome (Illustrator)

Hardcourt: Stories from 75 Years of the National Basketball Association
Reading Level: 4th – 5th Grade

Celebrate seventy-five years of the NBA in this exciting and beautifully illustrated middle grade account of the legendary athletes, coaches, and teams that changed basketball forever and created a national phenomenon enjoyed by millions today. The National Basketball Association is the biggest league for one of the nation's most beloved sports. Played in massive stadiums by athletes who are now household names, with millions of fans around the world, basketball has truly become a global phenomenon. But it didn't always exist the way we know it now.

Follow basketball from its humble beginnings as a casual indoor pastime played in gyms and colleges through its evolution for seventy-five years of hardcourt history. The NBA gained legions of fans thanks to the introduction of rules like the three-point line and the twenty-four second clock, and teams such as the Harlem Globetrotters, who paved the way for desegregated teams.

Discover the story of the legendary Olympic Dream Team of 1992 and beloved players like Larry Bird, Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan, and LeBron James, along with the early game-changers who made basketball what it is today. With the expert storytelling of veteran sportswriter Fred Bowen and stunning full-page illustrations from award-winning artist James E. Ransome, experience the biggest and best basketball league in the world, the NBA.

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Kirkus Reviews

Flaws aside, this monograph will appeal to young readers who are dedicated basketball fans.


Starred Review
 This attractive offering will enhance school and public library collections, especially when paired with titles like Madison Moore’s More than Just a Game: The Black Origins of Basketball (2021).  Be prepared for it to fly off of shelves.
Fred Bowen
Fred Bowen was a Little Leaguer who loved to read and is still a lifelong sports fanatic. He is the author of the action-packed Fred Bowen Sports Story series, currently totaling more than twenty titles. For thirteen years, Bowen coached kids' baseball and basketball teams. He has also written a weekly sports column for kids in the Washington Post since 2000. He was a lawyer for many years before retiring to become a full-time children's book author. Bowen lives in Silver Spring, Maryland, with his wife Peggy Jackson. They have two grown children.
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Guided Reading Level
Margaret K. McElderry Books
Publication date
January 20, 2022
BISAC categories
JUV000000 - Juvenile Fiction | General
Library of Congress categories
United States
Basketball players
National Basketball Association

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