Fred Bowen’s newest sports story, Real Hoops, features Hud – the kid who would be a perfect point guard for the school basketball team. Hud plays at a local rec center but is transferring to Ben’s school. Hud can run, pass and shoot at top speed. But there’s a problem: he’s not much of a team player. Can Ben convince Hud to leave his hot-shot style back at the rec center and help the whole team win some games?
Fred includes his trademark bit of history in Real Hoops. One of the most famous basketball playgrounds is “The Rucker” in New York City, where Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, the leading scoring in the history of NBA, started out. Some other guys at the playground looked pretty good too. But playground ball is not “real hoops.” Playing for a team – like a school team or a professional team – is where players are really tested.
“Real Hoops is the latest chapter book …in the author's very popular and successful sports story series. Real Hoops spins the hoops tale of the recruitment of Hud, a talented, showy player new to the concept of team playing. Ben tries to open his eyes to getting beyond the self-oriented hot shot style, and integrating some genuine sportsmanship and team awareness into the mix. Real Hoops is a sure bet to hook the most reluctant reader age 7-12 who just also happens to be a basketball fan.” – Midwest Book Review