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Hoop Queens

Hoop Queens

by Charles R. Smith Jr.

Cheer on twelve professional women basketball players with a collection of vivid poems by Charles R. Smith Jr. set against vibrant photographs of the players in action.
Seven-foot-two-inch Margo Dydek blocks shots like a "Fly Swatter." Ticha Penicheiro feeds the ball to her teammates like a "Chef . . . mixing / and tossing / and chopping / and whipping." And then there's "Fire Starter" Chamique Holdsclaw, rapidly racking up points and "blazing a trail with moves that scorch."
These are just three of the twelve women profiled by Charles R. Smith Jr. in a remarkable group of poems honoring the unique talents and determination of some of the best female players in professional basketball. With its arresting visual layout, action photographs on craft paper, and kinetic lyrics illustrating each player's style, HOOP QUEENS will grab the attention of any kid who loves basketball - and score a slam-dunk with teachers of poetry. The book's special cover treatment includes a cloth spine and cover stamping, giving a textured feel.

11, 12, 13
Interest Level
Grades 6 - 8
Grade Level Equivalent
Guided Reading
Candlewick Press (MA)
Number of Pages
Poetry and Rhymes

About the Author

Charles R. Smith Jr. Charles R. Smith Jr. is the author and photographer of a number of children's books, including "Loki & Alex: The Adventures of a Dog & His Best Friend," a Parenting Best Book.

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