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Night Hoops

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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 (first published 2000)
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Erin Forson
“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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
Isaac Collins
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...more
Night Hoops was a quick, good read. I really enjoyed because it was about basketball and I play basketball, basically I liked this book because I can relate to it.

Nick, the main character, is a sophomore in high school, and he is grwing up in a broken home. His mom and dad use to fight non-stop until they split up. They mainly fought about Scott, Nick's older brother, future. Scott's mom wanted Scott to persue any dream that he wanted to, and at the moment that dream was music. And Scott's dad w...more
Imagine playing basketball on the same team with the boy you always hated. This is what happens to Nick when he becomes on the same basketball team as Trent Dawson. He is the bully of everyone in his school and a criminal. He may just be a high schooler but he have been through a lot and when hes bullying you it isn't funny.

It all started when Trent joins the team with Nick and he later on attacks him after a incident of a game before. It wasn't pretty for Nick and he started hating him for it....more
Night Hoops
by Carl Deuker

Ever thought of your parents paying more attention to one of your siblings compared to yourself? Just desperate to get some attention from the person you admire most in your life? In Night Hoops, Nick struggles to get his father's attention because he had a older brother who was also a basketball athlete. Nick just want to impress his father with his skills. Nick was able to impress his father and he made the varsity basketball team in his school.
Nick was also able to...more
Night hoops by Carl Deuker was a fantastic book, I happen to love basketball so i loved this book, but i"m pretty sure everyone who has ever liked athletics plus drama will LOVE this book. Carl gives incredible pictures in your head of all the games. I felt like i was in the stadium. When Nick Abbot decides to try out for his varsity basketball team, he has no clue that Trent his bully neighbor would try out too! As the season goes on Trent and Nick secretly have a friendship. But when this happ...more
Night Hoops

To win, sometimes you have to pass.

By Carl Deuker.
Cover illustrated by Chris M. Rogers.
250 pp. New York, New York:
Harper Trophy. $5.99
ISBN #0-06-447275-2

I love everything about basketball from the action of the game to the reaction from the audience when a player does something. I picked up Night Hoops because I thought it would simulate the excitement of a real game of basketball. The novel stood out on the shelf as something that I would be genuinely interested in. I knew it would...more
Mensur Ibric
Night Hoops
by Carl Deuker
260 pages
ISBN 0-064-47275-2

Night Hoops by Carl Deuker is a cool book about the life of some teenage boys. Most of the action is on a basketball court somewhere in the Northwest, in the high school gym or in the backyard.Two brothers: one interested in music and another intersted in basketball are constantly being pushed by their father to go deeper in their basketball carrers. He played college ball, so he wants his sons to be as or even more successful then he was....more
Jeni Enjaian
A review from my old blog...

I have to admit that the cover art turned me off slightly to the book. I know better, though, than to judge a book by the cover. Some books that I know are not worth my time to read have such great covers that I want to read despite knowing what's inside. That is beside the point though.

I really liked this book. I have always loved sports even though the only sport that I played fairly decently was softball. This book tells the story of Nick Abbott, an aspiring basket...more
Aldin Medunjanin
I really enjoyed reading this book, mainly because it was about basketball, and i love basketball. Throughout the book, the main character Nick plays ball and is a sophmore at his highschool. His older brother is better then he is and his father always pushes his older son harder then his younger one, which is nick. But later in the book, Nicks older brother doesnt really want to play basketball anymore, he starts to play an instrument and his father is upset at this. Finally, his dad accepts th...more
Cole Hamilton
In this book the author was trying to tell readers to never judge a book by its cover, always get to meet someone before you judge them. A lot of people judge people without even meeting them and end up making false accusations. If you do that you might end up missing out on being friends with a great person.

The theme of this book was a friend can come from anywhere. You may think someone is your enemy when really they can end up being your best friend. In this book two kids did not get along, b...more
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Okay, so let me preface this with the fact that I don’t care for sports and that I normally wouldn’t pick up this novel, accept that one of my students wanted to read it for a project. So, since I don’t have all that many sports books on the approved list for my students to read, I allowed it under the condition that I read it too so I could grade the project accordingly. This all being said, please note that if you enjoy sports like...more
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Corey Nolan
Another fabulous book by Carl Deuker. This is a Cinderella story of a basketball player. His name was Nick Abbot, just a normal sporty kid. Just as average as any American kid. He is the runt of his basketball crew. The arrogant bully of their group, Trent Dawson. He and Nick used to be friends as children, but Trent grew in ignorance. Nick stuck to what he was suppose to do, raised well. He struggled when he juggled basketball, school, and daily struggles.Nick's older brother used to be a skill...more
Night Hoops by Carl Deuker is an exciting first person story that will make you want to read page-after-page to the end of the book.It takes place in modern times in Seattle, Oregon. In my opinion I think the book had a lightly suspenseful tone of mood and I found the story to be quite inspirational. The writing of this book was very effective it drew me right into the point and left me wanting more. The story is about a sophomore student "Nick Abbott" (the protagonist) and his love for the spor...more
MS  Student
Night Hoops by Carl Deuker is an exciting fictional book written in a first person style of writting. The book takes place in Seattle, Oregon during modern day. The narrator in this story, is the protaganist (Nick Abbott.) I found the tone of mood to this story to be a light suspenceful and also inspirational. The story is about "Nick Abbott" a sophemore in HIghschool and his love for the sport of basketball. There are many conflicts in this book. One of th biggest conflicts in this book is that...more
Cathleen Ash
You've got to want it more than the other guy. Nick knows "wanting it" means playing every second of your game as if it's the biggest moment of your life. It's in you - or it isn't. He knew it wasn't in his older brother Scott, even the their father kept hoping it would be. He just wasn't sure if he had it or not - he knew he needed to find out.
He didn't even have to go to the town court anymore to play - his dad had ripped up his mother's rose garden and laid a basketball court in the backyard....more
Aaron Clark
In the book Night Hoops by Carl Deuker, it is full of action, crime, and basketball. In this book the main characters are Nick Abbott and Trent Dawson. They go through struggles with basketball, crime, and family. This book shows that family and close friends come first in life.
Nick is a sophmore that hopes to make varsity. The only thing Nick didn't want was than to make the team was that Trent was on his team too. Trent's family has gone through troubles with his brother going in and out of ja...more
Oct 15, 2012 Joe marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Night Hoops, by Carl Deuker, is a book about two teeenagers in Seattle that play basketball. They are Nick Abbott, the mild natured kid who wants his father’s attention, and Trent Dawson, the boy who has no punishment for the things he does and just needs a good role model.
When I first looked at Night Hoops, I thought that it would be about two best friends who play basketball at night and don’t have very many friends. But I found out that its much different than that. I liked that they had Nic...more
Vincent Chen
Night Hoops Harper Trophy, 2000, 250 pp., $5.99
Carl Deuker ISBN 0-06-447275-2

At first, I thought that this book was just going to be another boring book about basketball. I was wrong. It is about two people, and basketball brings them together, despite their differences. Nick is a team player and knows when to pass the ball but Trent Dawson doesn't know that team isn't spelled with an I. Trent comes from a ruined home life and a bad school life. Nick has a family backing him up even though his...more
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Tom K
I loved this book. It is one of the best books I have read. It is about a boy Nick Abott and his life mostly basketball. He hates a boy named Trent Dawson but when Trent makes the varsity basketball team along with Nick, Nick starts to like him. Trent's brother Zach shot a kid named Micheal and just leaves town. Everybody is looking for him mainly the cops though. Trent is going to get a call from Zach and tell him where he is at and Trent will go stay with him. Nick doesn't want that to happen...more
I just finished reading the book Night Hoops by Carl Deuker and I found it to be a very good sports book.
This book is about a boy named Nick who develops into a basketball star in his father’s eyes due to playing nightly one on one basketball games with a neighbor. Nick was never the focus of his father but is not starting to develop as a star in his eyes. What I liked about this book is the way that Carl draws me into the book. His description of setting is very strong and I felt that mood of...more
Jen Blackham
... so a shift from my normal genres to pre-read a book I'm recommending to my son. He needed to read a book with "teen issues" in it, and I think this will fit the bill perfectly! The main character needs to deal with being in his older brother's shadow, his parent's divorce, his struggling grades, some bullying issues at school, a difficult friendship ... and of course basketball.

As an adult reading the book, it was a little too "teen", but probably perfect for my boys. There was quite a bit o...more
While I really enjoy reading YA fiction, some books I read ONLY as an attempt to find something my boys (reluctant readers) might enjoy. This book was one of those. I started it and immediately felt it would be a good fit for my 13-year old basketball boy. It had an easy, conversationalist tone to the writing. I felt there were quite a few parallels that my son could connect with. I went ahead and finished the book and I liked it, and look forward to hearing from him what he thinks.

There is a LO...more
Austin Vuick
This book is very interesting in very many different ways. If you are very into the sports type of books, or the drama type books then you have found your book right here. This book has alot of drama between the main character Nick and his bully Trent, they both are neighbors and don't get along with each other at all. There is also drama between Nick and his family. I do not want to get too into detail of that because it would more than likely tell you the ending of the book.

Nick is the main...more
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