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By Johnny Boateng

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Series: Lorimer Sports Stories

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Fourteen-year-old Johnny Huttle -- nicknamed "Hustle" by his best friend, Rex -- comes from an inner-city neighbourhood, where the streets are tough and the street ball games are rougher. More than anything, Johnny wants to shine as the school's star basketball player. But the one thing standing in his way is his best friend, Rex, who outshines Johnny effortlessly at everything, on and off the court. This makes Johnny angry enough that his game and their friendship suffer. When Rex starts getting into trouble in the neighbourhood and is suspended from the team, Johnny has to put his jealously aside to help his friend -- and his basketball team at the championship.


Winner - Canadian Children's Book Centre Best Books for Kids & Teens - 2014

"A great hi-lo interst book, Hustle is part of Lorimer's "Sports Stories" series written to entice students to read. Author Johnny Boateng does a great job of making the book exciting on many levels, and the book is full of adventures . . . The basketball theme is strong and carries the plot well. Boateng obviously knows the game and effectively conveys the action and tension on the court . . . The characters are believable and easy to relate to."

- Mary Harelkin Bishop, CM Magazine

"realistic dialogue and court action to satisfy the most sports-minded readers"

- Quill & Quire

"Part of the publisher's Sports Series, this slim novel's short chapters and more mature content make it perfect for older reluctant readers. Its no-frills story is fast-moving and touches on many teen issues, while promoting a positive message of independent thinking and being a team player."

- Julia Smith, Booklist

"Boateng knows his basketball lingo. Sports fans will appreciate this feel-good story about not giving in to peer pressure.... As with any of the books in the [Lorimer Sports Stories series, the language is accessible and the story interesting--a plus for struggling readers."

- Angela Thompson, Resource Links

"An excellent read and should be a great addition to any library shelf."

- Damera Blincoe, Librarian, NetGalley

JOHNNY BOATENG played division basketball in Indiana and at Simon Fraser University. He starred as a ballplayer in video games, movies, and commercials before an injury sidelined his basketball career. He lives in Vancouver, B.C., where he founded The Dream Hoops Basketball Academy and serves as a mentor for disadvantaged youth.

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Publication Details:

Binding: Paperback, 128 pages
Publication Date: 19th March 2014
ISBN: 9781459406049
Format: 7.75in x 5in

Binding: Hardback, 128 pages
Publication Date: 19th March 2014
ISBN: 9781459406056
Format: 7.75in x 5in

Binding: Electronic book text
Publication Date: 21st March 2014
ISBN: 9781459406063
Format: EPUB

BISAC Code:, JUV039060
Imprint: Lorimer

Interest age: From 9 To 13


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  • Gripping, action-packed stories
  • Short, high-interest fiction
  • Contemporary themes and Canadian settings
  • Award-winning authors who know their sport

"A winning series... designed to attract reluctant readers as well as provide recreational reading for children who are interested in stories about sports."
- National Library of Canada

"Lorimer is obviously succeeding with this series of action-driven novels which encourage young readers to 'Get in the Game'!"
- Resource Links

Kids who love sports love these books, and so do teachers. When you put one of these into a young sports fan's hands, you can feel confident they will enjoy reading.