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Night Hoops

4.05  ·  Rating Details  ·  804 Ratings  ·  161 Reviews
Nick Abbott and Trent Dawson have nothing in common but basketball. Or so it seems. But as the basketball season progresses, their lives become unexpectedly intertwined. In this story of an unlikely bond, award-winning author Carl Deuker explores that dark and confusing place between loneliness and friendship, between faithfulness and betrayal. Filled with gripping game pl ...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published April 24th 2000 by HMH Books for Young Readers
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Sep 12, 2012 Liana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is one of my favorites. I haven't read it in a while so I decided to re-read it and I remembered why. First of all, Nick is such a likable kid. I love characters who have a real passion in life and Nick's is basketball. He works hard at it. He dreams about it. His dad also loves it but over the course of the book Nick learns how to play his own game. Nick and the team have a lot of growing to do and you really experience those growing pains.

It's a simply narrated book but still powerfu
Erin Forson
Dec 09, 2011 Erin Forson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“A point guard has to go with the flow of the game. If that means passing the ball five times in a row to the same player, then that’s what it means. But he’s got to recognize changes in the flow, too, because no game stays the same. It’s as if a team is a river spilling down the mountains, all the water searching for the easiest path.”
Nick’s explanation of the point guard position is poetry in motion. Nick is developing his game as a point guard, and it’s not easy. Held back by the conflict a
This book was perfect for me for many reasons. The first reason was because I could totally and honestly relate to the sports themed plot that took place throughout the entire story. The second reason was because I could relate myself to the characters in the story, and I felt as if i really knew the people that were described, and listed in the book. This was honestly a great book, and I never say that about a book because I dislike reading a great deal. This made me want to go into the librar ...more
Jennifer Wardrip
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Nick Abbott wants his father's approval more than anything, but his brother Scott is always first in his father's eyes. Nick's father was a basketball star in high school, and he wants Scott to excel in that sport, but Scott just wants to play his trumpet. Nick's parents decide to go their separate ways, and the divorce is a big psychological problem for Nick, but he is determined to be a star on his high school basketball team and gain his father's ap
TyLyn Brown
Sep 29, 2014 TyLyn Brown is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
The book that I am reading is Night Hoops. The author is Carl Deuker. By reading this book I think that he is a good author and I would like to read more of his books. This book is about a boy named Nick Abbott, he is a very good basketball player and enjoys spending time with his family and friends. Then there is Trent Dawson, Nick doesn't really care for him until something happens to Trent and his bother Zack. This could make them closer or make it to where Nick wants nothing to do with the D ...more
May 11, 2014 Dylan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I think the purpose of this book was that no matter how much you dislike someone you never give up on them or judge them. You have no clue what they have been through with their family or even school. I learned from this book is to not judge anyone and always be nice to someone even if you don't know them. Till you actually get to know them that's when you can think of them and see what they have to go through or what they do on a regular day basis.

The theme of the book is never underestimate so
May 02, 2014 Logand rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Apr 14, 2014 Jack rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nick makes choices about friendship and basketball
The title of my book is Night Hoops by Carl Decker. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Have you ever had to work insanely hard to achieve a goal in this book Nick has to.The main characters were Nick, Trent, Luke, and Nicks dad. The theme of my story is to never give up on someone even if they have done something bad.
My book first started out at a basketball court, Nick was playing against Trent and Trent was hitting Ni
Isaac Collins
Mar 02, 2014 Isaac Collins rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The book I read was Night Hoops by Carl Deuker. It is a story about two completely different boys coming together to become best friends and working hard to become starters for the varsity basketball team and winning the conference championship for the first time in school history.

I think Dueker wrote this book because he wanted people to see that everyone is not the way they seem, like Trent for example, he is not a bad kid like his brother or a terrible person like his mom. He is thought to
Jamie Stoesser
I have just recently finished this book and I just have too say "wow". Because this story is much more then a boy reaching his goals. It's about a boy Who achieves a friendship that he thought would never happen. This tells me that people can be brought together through sports and common interest. I can relate to this because I have lots of friends Who I have met through sports. I advise any basketball or sports lovers to read this book.
Christopher Guinto
I really liked the book because it was about basketball and drama. The book is about a kid named Trent and his parents are in a divorce and he does basketball. I would recommend this book to people who like basketball and drama.
Terrion Murdix
I think that the book was very interesting cause it was about basketball and a bully it was like to story's in one book but the man character was trent dawson he was the bully and basketball player he was very good at basketball but when he's team was losing he would start cheating and if they say something back to him he would push or try to fight them.
Mar 27, 2015 Jordan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I gave night hoops a 5 star rating. I really like the plot of the book. The setting is about basketball and some problems like hes parents divorce and Trent Dawson. Although the ending surprised me in a different way I still liked the book.
Aug 05, 2014 Olivia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Night Hoops was an overall amazing book. I didn't expect some of the things but in the beginning i could tell that something huge was going to happen. It was actually really great but you didn't sense the big change of personality in the beginning. you had to really look and understand the character. He was never going to change, but he knew he needed to give a team member a chance, because the team needed him. No matter how bad of a person, the team needed him to be playing. They couldnt win wi ...more
Emily Britton-banes
Hands down, one of my favorite reads. I think this book is for a little bit of a younger teen audience, but I've read it a good 10-15 times since the 7th grade. I remember finding it, and not being able to put it down. In general, I find that authors can't exactly mix action-athletics with emotion and pain the way Carl Deuker does. He's been one of my favorites for quite some time and it makes me so glad that so many people like this. Night Hoops is a REAL thing, and it's a touching read for tee ...more
Colton Gockel
Jan 13, 2016 Colton Gockel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Dominic Bradley
This book was fantastic. I even felt some connections with it in my life in the same way that Nick's parents divorced. I felt some connection with my Dad as well since in the book, Nick's dad loves basketball same as my father. Nick being a point guard compared to me being a post, I still understand his problems on the team as being a sophmore you usually don't get much playing time. I also feel a connection with Trent as he doesn't have the best home life with his mother like me and he's a post ...more
6Wood G
Nick Abbott is the main character of this story and makes for a very interesting plot because at first he does not like a kid named Trent when they play basketball, but later on he realizes that Trent is a good person deep down and he ends up liking him. In the beginning, Nick pushed Trent by accident and Trent got back at him later on by waiting for him in the dark and trying to drown him. Trent grabbed Nick and "within seconds" we were "in the muck rolling around" and he tried to "drown me"(60 ...more
Elijah Reese
Night hoops by Carl Duker is a book about two kids, who seem to be total opposites but have one thing in common which is basketball. Nick is a good kid, who has a burning desire to be the best point guard he can be. Trent on the other hand is a kid with a bad upbringing who treats every basketball game organized or not like a championship game. Nick and Trent soon come together, and put away their obvious differences to become an unstoppable force on the court.

There are several things i like ab
There wasn’t too much about the setting it told you. All it said was that Nicks neighborhood was super clean and that everybody had green lawns and flowers growing from them. I can sort of feel my self in part of the setting but not quite fully. Yes I can picture the setting with everybody having nice yards and flowers planted.
The main characters in this book are mostly Trent who has grown up in a bad family. He has been known for bullying kids. The other one is Nick who is a big basketball fan
Matt Jackson
Feb 28, 2015 Matt Jackson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The purpose of writing Night Hoops was to entertain and persuade the readers. This book is about two boys the exact opposite who come together to find they have one thing in common, and become best friends because of it. Nick Abbott a sophomore trying out for the varsity basketball team is dealing with the divorce of his parents. He does not have many friends but he will soon find that his neighbor Trent Dawson, a rude and troubling kid will quickly become one of his best friends.

The theme of t
Fernando Davila
Night Hoops by Carl Deuker is a novel based on a basketball player that faces different challenges throughout his freshman year in high school. Night hoops is about a boy named Nick who is a freshman in high school and makes varsity basketball. A boy lives across from him named Trent that he hates because all Trent does is mess with people. The thing is they both play varsity and since they live across from each other the coach asks Nick can he talk to Trent when he's not doing good. Nick and Tr ...more
Malik Clark
Jan 16, 2015 Malik Clark rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is about a young point guard named nick abbot. He has been competing against his brother and father for a while,but every time he would try to go against his father,his dad would ignore him n play his older brother. Through out the book nick had a lot on his plate to think about. such as workouts, tryouts, school, Trent, and his Mother's and Father's divorce. Trent and Nick are like enemies but since they are on the team they soon become friends n form a dynamic duo. But Trent moved an ...more
Marc Williams
Nov 19, 2014 Marc Williams rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Night Hoops by Carl Deuker is a sports novel. The story is being told by Nick Abbott. Nick is a teenager who is looking for attention from his father. His father pays more attention to his older brother Scott who is on the high school basketball team like his father. But Scott doesn't like basketball he prefers playing his instrument and doesn't like his father hounding him about basketball. Nick makes the high school basketball team and finally gets attention from his father. From being on the ...more
Rameen Mobley
Nov 19, 2014 Rameen Mobley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Rameen Mobley
Boys Latin Philadelphia Charter School
Mr. Alam - Composition 1
Period 2
Due Date: Wednesday November 19, 2014

Night Hoops
Night hoops just a great story. Nick the younger brother of scott, main character is Nick. Scott always gets the attention that nick wants from their dad. Nick started school, and went good so far until a incident happened bullied that day buy trent. Nick learns techniques while playing his brother preparing for the basketball season at school. Younger brother f
Sep 22, 2014 Tyler rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Night Hoops by Carl Deuker is a fiction book about a boy named Nick that has parents just divorced and now he is playing basketball to keep it off his mind. In my opinion Nick seems like a very independent high school boy. Nick is very talented in what he does, and that's basketball. He is a very hard worker and is now starting for his high school varsity basketball team. The reason Nick is so good at basketball is because every night no matter how bitterly cold or hot is it outside he practice ...more
Greg Curtiss
Jan 16, 2015 Greg Curtiss rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Night Hoops by Carl Deuker was an outstanding book. It reflected the typical life of a student athlete. The main character (Nick) had so much things to overcome in his sophmore year of high school. One his brother was an amazing basketball star, but didn't have the same passion for the game as Nick. But their father doesn't see this right away. Also Nick has to deal with the fact that his mother and father are having their issues. But the two biggest problems that Nick have to indure are playing ...more
John Do21
Oct 14, 2014 John Do21 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Warning. Spoiler Alert!

The fourth book I read this semester was a realistic-fiction novel called “Night Hoops”, by author Carl Deuker, who was born in San Francisco, CA, on August 26th, 1950. The story is about the life and times of (freshman) Bothell High School basketball player Nick Abbott, who endures many trials and tribulations throughout his time on the team. At the beginning of the hardback, Nick’s life is perfect: two caring parents, a role-model of a brother named Scott (basketball sta
Oct 29, 2014 Msharps07 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The book Night Hoops by Carl Deuker is a great book for anyone interested in sports or just enjoys reading a great novel. The main characters in the book are Nick Abbott and Trent Dawson, who both love the game of basketball. Trent and Nick are two people who were very unlikely to ever cross paths and become friends. Trent is a very troubled kid whereas Nick has always been smart and not troublesome. One quote that sums up Trent‘s behavior is “It makes me sick to see him waste his talent”. They ...more
David Jin
Feb 09, 2015 David Jin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, sports
This book was as good as a sports novel got. Nick, Trent were awesomely developed characters and I rooted for both of them through the book. The other players were likeable (generally) and you understood the way they fitted in, and interacted with the two main protagonists. As a huge lover of pick-up basketball (not good enough for the big stuff haha) I was sucked into this one. It described everything I lived about the sport.

A great story is at the center of all the sports drama, and it doesn't
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