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Pass the Ball, Mo!

(Mo Jackson)

3.50  ·  Rating details ·  116 ratings  ·  21 reviews
The third installment in this adorable Level 2 Geisel Award-winning series from a classroom favorite!

Mo's latest obsession is basketball. He's determined to learn how to pass, but as the shortest member of the team, he can't seem to launch the ball high enough. Can Mo learn to pass in time to help his team win the big game? This Level 2 reader about a little African-Americ
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published January 30th 2018 by Penguin Young Readers Group
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Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
Sep 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
In this third episode of Mo's adventures with sports, Mo takes on basketball, though he is the shortest person on the team. Mo has troubles passing but determinedly practices passing and vows to improve while patiently waiting out his long time on the bench.

This is a tiny little book ideal for those just learning to put together short paragraphs of text on a page. More than just the text, though, it's a wonderful story of a child who doesn't have a lot of natural ability yet has the strength of
Becky B
Mo Jackson is trying hard to do his best in basketball. Though he is the shortest one on the team, he's got plenty of heart. His coach has him working on passing. He works at practice and at home. When game time comes, can he make a good pass when it counts?

I like that Mo doesn't quite get it together like he had hoped. So often for little sportsmen and sportswomen they have plenty of heart but are still working on the skills. And that is true for Mo too. Mo works hard, which is a great example
This is another entry in the series about Mo Jackson, a sports-loving kid. Although not as good as "Don't Throw It To Mo!", this is still a good story about taking charge of your interest, pursuing it, and working hard at it. Mo ultimately finds success through his perseverance, even if the winning shot he made for the game wasn't entirely intentional.

Thanks to Penguin Young Readers for the review copy.
Mo doesn't let his short stature or time spent on the bench discourage him from practicing and doing his best. This time Mo is determined to become a better passer on the basketball court. He gets help from his father before the big game. Young readers will definitely be able to relate to Mo's excitement when his turn comes to help his teammates. Easy-to-read text and fun illustrations will make this a popular book on the primary bookshelf.
Mo struggles being the shortest one on his basketball team. His dad works with him so he can pass high enough to the other players. On game day he gets into trouble when a huge defender is on him. Will his pass be high enough? In a funny turn of events, it is high enough to score! His team wins because of his basket. We always need more sports books! Cute, fun, and even funny. Love the multicultural illustrations.
Feb 22, 2018 rated it liked it
Kind of adorable - this kid is about as good at sportsball as I am. :-p Better, actually, since he actually managed to accomplish something. Heck, he made the team in the first place, even if it is just Bitty Basketball!

Good emphasis on practice, but since it all comes down to luck in the end, I'm not sure how much of "practice to improve" will stick with readers.
Debbie Tanner
Super cute story about Mo, who really wants to play basketball. It's hard for Mo because he's short! But his supportive family helps him practice and he ends up contributing to the team in ways no one expects.
Feb 23, 2018 rated it liked it
The cover is what first caught; loved the look on Mo's face! I also loved the part: "They pass the ball. They shoot the ball. Sometimes it goes in. Most times it doesn't." (I identify!) Hooray for Mo and hard work and good attitudes.
Feb 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
excellent beginning reader series for young sports fans.
Julie Kirchner
May 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Cute beginning reader book from David Adler. Great series that kids love.
Jan 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Another great sports themed beginning reader about Mo! This will be a winner with basketball lovers.
Michele Knott
Jan 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
I love this guy and his heart and wanting to try hard!
Kristina Jean Lareau
A solid story
Feb 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Love that Mo...
More fun with the accidental athlete, Mo.
Nice sorry about teamwork and not being deterred by your size
The language is simple and direct describing the action perfectly, fun illustrations and story line.
Feb 27, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: lower-elem
This time Mo is playing basketball. He struggles to pass the ball to his teammates because they're all taller. He does win the game on a very bad pass.
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Adler was born in New York City, New York. He graduated from Queens College in 1968 with a bachelor's degree in economics and education. For the next nine years, he worked as a mathematics teacher for the New York City Board of Education, while taking classes towards a master's degree in marketing, a degree he was awarded by New York University in 1971. In that same year, a question from his then- ...more

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