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The Hoop Kid from Elmdale Park

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The Hoop Kid from Elmdale Park, by Teko Bernard, is written to delight and challenge middle schoolers, ages 8 - 13.

All Bernard Jones wanted to do while staying with his grandparents for the summer in Elmdale, his father’s childhood hometown, was work on his basketball skills. When Bernard excitedly enters a team into the Annual Elmdale Park Basketball Tournament, he’s shoc
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Published November 25th 2013 (first published November 14th 2013)
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Kristi Bernard
Nov 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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Bernard Jones was a basketball fanatic. He knew all things basketball and could often be caught daydreaming on his home court, in the yard, playing with the greats. He longed to be great on the court, but unfortunately he was height challenged. To perfect his game, Bernard saved up his pennies for what he thought would be some much needed help from the G5000. This high-tech basketball from the Fukazawa Sporting Good Equipment Institute in Japan, could be the key to his success.

Upon discovering t
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My Book Addiction and More MBA
THE HOOP KID FROM ELMDALE PARK created by Teko Bernard is an entertaining and delightful Children's Book for Middle Schoolers ages 8-12. What an inspiration Bernard Jones is to us all. The only thing he ever wanted to do was work on his basketball skills, while visiting with his grandparents in his father's hometown of Elmdale. What he finds is so much more......

He enters the Annual Elmdale Park Basketball Tournament,than learns the Elmdale Park is to be shut down by millionaire, Victor Franco a
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Vonnie
Jan 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
Sports books are very popular with boys yet you don't see many sports fiction in the literature world. This book was a joy to see since it was about basketball. It was also great to learn that this was a delightful and entertaining children's book.

The story was fun. I liked how it was a mixture of realistic fiction with fantasy/science fiction. The story centered Bernard on how he was trying to gather a basketball team to finally win a game for Elmdale Park. Everything that happened in the stor
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Storywraps
Nov 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Bernard Jones has the opportunity to spend the summer with his grandparents in Elmdale, a town where his dad has grown up as a boy. His expectations are to work hard on his basketball skills and to become much more adept at the game. His personal plans are foiled however, when he discovers his basketball skills are required for an even higher calling than just playing the game with more skill and agility. He finds himself engulfed in an old town feud that has been brewing for the last 20 years. ...more
Tonja Drecker
Nov 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Time and again, I’ve noticed teachers and librarians complaining that there aren’t enough fiction books with sport themes out there for boys. Not only does this one fulfill that wish, but it’s simply a fun read.

There were several things I like about The Hoop Kid. Firstly, it’s a fiction book for boys (YAY!) and a believable one at that. Bernard is good with the ball, but not so good that it leaves the realm of reality. I loved the tiny dash of fantasy/science fiction (the high-tech ball) and was
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Stephen
Jan 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Awesome story! Kids will loves this book.
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For over a decade Teko Bernard worked as a creative director and graphic designer in the sportswear and sports events industries where he developed brand identities, marketing communications and apparel graphics for nationally recognized brands and events like ESPN, X Games, NCAA and the BCS.

After an exciting career in the sportswear and sports event market, Teko set out to pursue his lifelong dre
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