On-court hostility threatens Mel's place on the team Mel Jensen is new to the Titans basketball team, but he knows he could be a vital part of the starting lineup-if only two other players would give him a chance to show his stuff. But Caskie and Stoney seem bent on ignoring him, and Mel knows it's because he's black. Should Mel fight fire with fire, or should he try to get along, if only for the sake of the team?
|Publisher:||Little, Brown Books for Young Readers|
|Series:||Matt Christopher Sports Classics Series , #41|
|Product dimensions:||5.25(w) x 7.62(h) x 0.37(d)|
|Lexile:||690L (what's this?)|
|Age Range:||9 - 12 Years|
About the Author
Matt Christopher is the best selling name behind more than 100 sports-themed books for young readers.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
if you like basketball you should read this!!!
Library Thing Part D #5 Realistic Fiction PopularChristopher, Matt, and Karen Meyer. The Basket Counts. Boston: Little, Brown, 1991. Print. Even though this title was written in 1968, it is still popular and apropos for today¿s youth.Sales associates at Barnes and Noble and at Borders will tell you right out ¿¿boys love Matt Christopher¿s sport series. This series continues to sell very well and parents and young readers ask for these books consistently. The Basket Counts is a short quick entertaining read. It is not complex nor too busy with heavy issues, but rather presents a realistic but toned down realism of friendship, tolerance, neighborhood, and sibling problems. Even though it¿s a light read, it still addresses school, family, and team sports in a positive and nonviolent manner. Parents, Coaches, teachers, and classes are viewed as assets to a student¿s daily life. However the main focus is the basketball court and the boys playing games. The author uses sports terms, vividly describes basketball moves and uses rhythmic sentence patterns that engage readers. The Basket Counts, opens with Mel Jensen, a transferring student, hoping to be part of the starting lineup, for the Hillcrest basketball team; the Titans. Mel¿s father, a dentist, moves his family to predominant white section of Trexton. It appears, Dr. Jensen has been invited to join the established dental clinic of Dr. Collins. There are only two African American families in the community. Mel and Daryl as well as one Hispanic student are the only players treated disrespectfully by two of the team players: Caskie and Stoney. They refuse to pass the ball to them at games and whenever they miss a basket or a pass, Caskie criticizes them is a loud voice. The Coach talks to Caskie and to Caskie¿s mother to no avail and eventually benches Caskie their best player indefinitely. Mel wrestles with the racial slants from Caskie but eventually wins him over after Mel helps Caskie save his friend from drowning. There was no stereotyping of either family; the books main focus was the importance of team unity and strength. This is a definite addition to any school library for elementary and middle school+. I liked the book for reluctant readers. Curriculum connection is language arts, and health class reports.
The reason I liked this book is because it showed how people of different races can learn to get along in the end. I also liked it because it discussed teamwork and how the TItans were able to win a championship. I felt this was something that can happen in real life. -G.M