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Fiction starring future hall-of-famers, how-to titles, and historical looks at basketball legends scores with middle readers.
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Leprechauns Don't Play Basketball
by Marcia Thornton Jones , Debbie Dadey Illustrated by John Steven Gurney

There are some pretty weird grown-ups living in Bailey city. The Bailey School kids meet "Magic" O'Grady, who has more than the average tricks on the court. But could the very short basketball coach from Ireland really be a leprechaun?

The Baily School Kids are going to find out!

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Slam Dunk!
by Sharon Robinson

In this lively sequel to Safe At Home, Elijah "Jumper" Breeze is settling into his new home in Harlem — though it hasn't been easy since his father died and his mother moved them from the suburbs in Connecticut. Still, he made friends at summer camp and he's eager to see them at his new middle school.

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Brittany the Basketball Fairy
Series: The Sports Fairies, Book #4
by Daisy Meadows

It's an exciting time in Fairyland. Everyone is getting ready for the Fairy Olympics! But Jack Frost's goblins have stolen the Sports Fairies' magic objects. Now they're threatening to take over the whole competition!

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Double Team
Series: STAT, Book #2
by Amar'e Stoudemire Illustrated by Tim Jessell
Eleven-year-old Amar'e Stoudemire starts competing in basketball tournaments with his two best friends, Deuce and Mike, and they are winning. After a few big wins, Amar'e starts getting attention from some of the older, more elite players in Lake Wales.
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I Am #12: LeBron James
Series: I Am, Book #12
by Grace Norwich
LeBron James was the MVP of the 2013 basketball season and he is one of the best basketball players of all time. His accomplishments on and off the court will appeal to a wide audience-especially boys.
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Basketball Superstars 2015
by K. C. Kelley

Get to know your favorite players from the 2015 basketball season!

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The Basketball Mystery
Series: The Boxcar Children Mysteries, Book #68
by Gertrude Chandler Warner Illustrated by Charles Tang
The Boxcar Children have joined a community basketball league and are thrilled when they find out that Buzz and Tipper Nettleton are coaching their team. But when Tipper's "Most Valuable Player" trophy goes missing, it's up to the Alden children to find out who's behind the trouble.
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My Basketball Book
by Gail Gibbons Illustrated by Gail Gibbons
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Basketball in Action
by Bobbie Kalman , John Crossingham
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Hoop Crazy!
by Eric Walters Illustrated by John Mantha
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Shoot for the Hoop
by Matt Christopher Illustrated by Karen Meyer
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Hoop Queens
by Charles R. Smith
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.
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Hoop Kings
by Charles R. Smith

Cheer on twelve top basketball pros with a dynamic collection of verse by Charles R. Smith Jr., set against vibrant photos of the players in action.

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Gus And Grandpa At Basketball
Series: Gus and Grandpa
by Claudia Mills Illustrated by Catherine Stock

Gus loves basketball — that is, basketball practice with Pete, the coach, and shooting baskets at Grandpa's house with only Grandpa's dog, Skipper, in attendance. Basketball games are another story. What if Gus misses every basket, and everybody laughs? If only his parents wouldn't come.

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