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The Basket Counts (Matt Christopher Sports Classics) [Paperback]

By Matt Christopher (Author)
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Item description for The Basket Counts (Matt Christopher Sports Classics) by Matt Christopher...

Long practice improves Mel Jensen's value as a basketball player, but he finds it difficult to surmount the prejudice of Caskie Bennett, the basketball team's star player and Mel's new neighbor

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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?

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Pages   125
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 7.58" Width: 5.06" Height: 0.24"
Weight:   0.25 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Sep 3, 1991
Publisher   Little, Brown Young Readers
Age  8-12
ISBN  0316140767  
ISBN13  9780316140768  
UPC  719122004505  

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More About Matt Christopher

Matt Christopher Matt Christopher is the beloved and bestselling name behind more than a 100 sports-themed books for young readers.

Matt Christopher lived in Rock Hill, in the state of South Carolina. Matt Christopher was born in 1917 and died in 1997.

Matt Christopher has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Matt Christopher
  2. Matt Christopher Sports Bio Bookshelf
  3. Matt Christopher Sports Classics
  4. New Matt Christopher Sports Library
  5. Soccer Cats (Paperback)

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1Books > Subjects > Children > Ages 9-12 > General
2Books > Subjects > Children > People & Places > Social Issues > Prejudice & Racism > Fiction
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Teamwork  Nov 16, 2006
Just imagine if you were a new kid in school and the new kid on the basketball team. You were also the kid who had a different skin color than anyone else on the team and almost everyone on the team hated you. This is how an African American teen named Mel Jensen felt. You will learn more about Mel Jensen and how he overcame this situation in this story The Basket Counts, by Matt Christopher.
In this story, Mel Jensen goes to high school at Hillcrest High School where he is on the basketball team and he is really good. He knows that he could be a very good player on the team. Their point guard on his team never passes him the ball. His name is Caskie and he doesn't like black people. When they had a game, they are going against their rival school team. It is Spring Lake High School. All of his teammates are pumped except for him. He doesn't feel that excited because he knows that his teammates won't pass him the ball even if he was open. When the game starts, he is playing in the forward position and he is lined up at the right wing. Everyone see's Mel open all the time but it's just that Caskie doesn't like passing the ball to him. After the first quarter, the score is 9-7 in favor of Spring Lake. Mel wants to sit the whole second quarter and he does. When it is half time, the score is 25-18 in favor of Spring Lake High School. Mel is ready and he wanted to go back in. When the third quarter starts, he starts playing his hardest. He only scored 5 points and that's all he had. They ended up losing 30-25.
The next week, it is the game before their winter break and he couldn't play because he is sick. The next day, he is When he got down there, his mom said there was a letter for him and it is from the team and from Caskie feeling really good and he goes down to get some breakfast.. It read " You didn't have to come last night. The team doesn't need you. You shouldn't come that often. We won 25-17." Mel got mad and he ripped the note. After that, his mom told him to bring his little brothers and sisters to the lake where it had been frozen and they would go ice skating there. When they got there, he saw Caskie and wanted to leave but he had to stay with his brothers and sisters. When Mel felt something in the ground shaking, he told his brothers and sisters to leave. Caskie was still skating and Mel tried to warn him but he didn't listen. The ice cracked down the middle and Caskie fell inside and Mel ran to him and picked him up. Then Caskie apologized to Mel about everything he done and he swore he would never be against him again. When they got back to school, Caskie starts hanging out with Mel and their game was on that night too. They were all pumped because they were going against the Polars. Then the game started...
This book really has some good details about how a new kid at school becomes a real hero to his teammates and his basketball team. I really liked this because it shows how two people who didn't like each other can end up being really good friends. It also had a very good ending. It relates to me because I was in this situation before and I made my team go all the way to the championships. I have read many of Matt Christopher's books. He even writes biographies about famous sports stars and sport legends. I like Matt Christopher's books because most of his stories have to do with sports and some of his stories are true and it tells about athletes' lives. This book may change your opinion about other people, and it also may make you think about how you treat them.
Slam dunk for this book! By Nathan  Mar 10, 2006

Can Mel, an African American student, get along with
his new team and school? The Basket Counts by Matt Christopher takes place out on a basketball court in a small town. Mel is an out going kind teen trying to make friends anyway he can. Caskie, the star of the basketball team, is a mean and nasty teen that is looking for trouble. This is a fast pace sport book that will make your heart jump. Mel is a new student at Hill Crest School. Mel and his friend Darry, try out for the basketball team called the Titans. Do the Titans win the championship and does Caskie and Mel get along? Read the book to find out.
The Basket Counts  Dec 16, 2005
Mel is a black kid who just moved to Hill Crest with his mom, dad and two sisters. Mel is playing baskball for the Hill Crest Titans and everytime he messes up one of his teamates gets on to him. The day after the first game Mel takes him and his sister to the skating rink. They are skating and he sees some of his baskball teamates. After they are skating for a while the power goes out because of a snow storm. After the lights came on they all went home. They played more games and Caskie still is playing unfair so the coach takes him out of the games for awhile. After that they went to skate on the pond and Mels friend fell through the ice and Mel saved him. After that Caskie started being nicer after a while. They played there last couple of games and everyone played fair.
mark's review   Dec 9, 2004
I liked this book because it had non-stop basketball and lots of action. I also liked how everyone started to come together as a team in the end of the season and how well they did.

This book is about a great basketball team called the Titans. Mel, a new kid in town, tries out for the team and makes it. Two players, Caskie and Stony, don't like him at all because he is black. Caskie would call Mel nasty names on the court. One day Mel had it. He charged at Caskie as hard as he could just about to punch him but then the refs broke up the fight. At the second half of the year, Mel and Caskie really started to come together and so did the team winning every single game in the second half of the season.

I would recommend this book to someone who loves basketball and likes a book with lots of action.
Review on The Basket Counts  May 25, 2004
The Basket Counts by Matt Christopher

Mel and his friends are on a good basketball team called the Titans. They live in a little town called Trixton.

I think the people that will like this book are people that like sports.

The Titans have won every game, until Mel, one of the best players on the team got into a fight with Caskie his own teammate, and Mel gets kick out of the game.

Do the Titans go to the playoffs without Mel and do the Titans go to the champion chip game? Well the world may never know unless you read the outstanding book!!
The Basket Counts by Matt Christopher

Mel and his friends are on a good basketball team called the Titans. They live in a little town called Trixton.

I think the people that will like this book are people that like sports.

The Titans have won every game, until Mel, one of the best players on the team got into a fight with Caskie his own teammate, and Mel gets kick out of the game.

Do the Titans go to the playoffs without Mel and do the Titans go to the champion chip game? Well the world may never know unless you read the outstanding book!!



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