Philomel, September 2012
If you want an authentic sports-themed book for your favorite teen or tween, look no further. Mike Lupica is a master storyteller, with legitimate sports credentials and a gig with ESPN. His stories are rich tales of tweens and teens in sports, with a dose of mystery and sprinkled with complex characters. This story focuses on high school basketball, but check out Lupica’s lengthy line up of stories in this category. Adults will enjoy the stories just as much as tweens and teens.
Publication Date: September 4, 2012 | Age Level: 10 and up | Grade Level: 5 and up
#1 New York Times bestseller Mike Lupica makes his return to the basketball court!
There’s a reason teammates call him “True.” Because for basketball phenom Drew Robinson, there is nothing more true than his talent on the court. It’s the kind that comes along once in a generation and is loaded with perks–and with problems.
Before long, True buys in to his own hype, much to the chagrin of his mother, who wants to keep her boy’s head grounded–and suddenly trouble has a way of finding him. That is, until a washed-up former playground legend steps back onto the court and takes True under his wing.
In this age of street agents promising riches to kids barely out of elementary school and college programs being taken down because of recruiting violations, True Legend is a resonant and inspiring novel in the Lupica tradition.