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4.16  ·  Rating details ·  421 ratings  ·  110 reviews
From Geoff Herbach, the critically acclaimed author of the Stupid Fast series, comes a compelling new YA novel about basketball, prejudice, privilege, and family, perfect for fans of Jordan Sonnenblick, Andrew Smith, and Matt de la Peña.

For Adam Reed, basketball is a passport. Adam’s basketball skills have taken him from an orphanage in Poland to a loving adoptive mother
Hardcover, 326 pages
Published February 20th 2018 by Katherine Tegen Books
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Toni The main characters are sophomores in high school, so 15ish.

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Sep 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book was amazing I loved it. This book was awesome because it was a very interesting topic for me because I am a hooper. When Adam Reed (the protagonist) meets The Bully Adam is freaked out and gets beat up by the buff football Bully. But Adam slowly starts becoming a star in his local school. After winning eleven consecutive games, the team gets invited to the NEO Nike tournament. They have to play six games in that tournament. After they win in the NEO Nike tournament. I really want to be ...more
Vicky Who Reads
Apr 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
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4 stars

I'm not a basketball fan, or a sports fan in general. But I did really enjoy Hooper. A lot more than I expected to.

At first it came off as a kid playing basketball to be successful--but this grew so much more into that.

It's honestly quite understated, kind of like Nina LaCour's We Are Okay in the way that there are a lot of things being said without actually saying anything. For one, Adam is an
Katie Fitzgerald
Adam Reed, formerly Adam Sobieski, spent his childhood in Poland in less-than-ideal circumstances. Now that he has been adopted by Renata, his American mother, he lives in Minnesota and attends the local high school, where he is an up-and-coming basketball star and best friend to outsider Barry, who has a number of family issues himself. Though Adam knows that basketball is his passport to all the good things life has to offer, and has in fact been invited to join a prestigious travel team ...more
Jan 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It is going to be hard to put the magic of this book into words. What at first seems to be a simple tale about a boy who plays basketball is actually a richly detailed and poignant story of family, belonging, racial injustice, finding home, and settling into the person you were meant to be. Hooper, with a style all of its own, captures these timely themes in an original and approachable way.

“Basketball will be your passport.” Adam doesn’t exactly understand what that means. After all, he already
Aarya Bharadwaj
Sep 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: grade-7
This book really showed how love and sports can give you experiences that you have ever had.

Something that really stood out to me was how the author used metaphor in the phrase "Basketball is my passport". Metaphors are used in to basically connect two things that you wouldn't usually connect. When the Adam says "basketball is my passport" he really is saying that all the experiences, places he's gone, and his role models have all come from basketball. The author wants us to know that his
Ms. Yingling
Jan 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Adam Reed (born Sobieski) is fairly happy with his adoptive mom Renata, living in Minnesota. He hangs out with his quirky friend Barry, who has a hard life of his own, living with his mom Tiffany in a local trailer park. Adam has some anger management issues, and does not talk a lot, because he didn't get adopted until he was 11, and he doesn't feel that his English is that good. He frequently runs afoul of Kase Kinshaw, a jerk who calls him "Duh" and gives him a hard
OK, I RARELY read sports books. And when I do, I NEVER give them 5 star reviews. Usually because in order for it to be a true sports book, and not just a realistic fiction book with a team in it, the plays have to be pretty heavy handed, the dialogue and the storyline suffer (in my opinion), and the characters are flat outside of their athletic ability.

This was not that type of sports book.

Yes, there were plays. Yes the main character was good at sports. Yes, there were plenty of team dynamics.
Jun 11, 2018 added it
Minnesota author, Geoff Herbach, scores big with his 2018 publication, "Hooper." This is my favorite book of Herbach's so far.

Timely issues such as bullying, immigration, adoption, racism, friendship, domestic abuse, etc. are covered here with aplomb! As a result, "Hooper" is much more than a sports or basketball novel! The characters are realistic, flawed, and multi-dimensional - even the antagonists! The reader can easily empathize and believe these individuals. My true test of a good book is
Rob Baker
Sep 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Funny, heart-warming, engaging story of Adam, a high-school boy adopted from Poland by a college professor and brought (ultimately) to a small Minnesota town where his love of basketball leads him to struggles and adventures that help him to grow as an individual and as a member of his family and community. Makes you laugh, makes you sigh, and brings tears to your eyes multiple times each. You don't need to be a basketball fan to love this book!
Will Ejzak
Nov 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Hooper is a hidden jewel of a YA book and I loved it. The best YA novel I've read this year. Very genuine and subtly funny and moving.

In a way, it's a welcome reprieve from the Scythe trilogy (and dystopian fiction generally). Herbach's goals are refreshingly modest. Here's the story: Adam Reed, a talented high school basketball player and Polish immigrant, encounters some very human problems over the course of a few months. That's basically it. Along the way, Adam deals with small-scale
Hooper is about basketball and poverty and adoption and bullying and trying to fit in, but what most interests me is how the novel handles white privilege. When Adam's teammate Khalil gets kicked off the team after being arrested for obstructing justice, Adam needs to decide whether he will protest the coaches' decision. Adam recognizes the injustice and feels bad for Khalil, but he also comes from an impoverished, abusive homelife and has worked hard to make something of himself on the court. ...more
In Geoff Herbach’s HOOPER, readers meet Adam, a teenage boy with a talent for basketball and a passion for much more.

Adam is a young boy adopted from an orphanage in Poland by an American woman. He lives in Minnesota, playing basketball for the local high school team --- and he’s good. Really good. Good enough to be playing on teams he’s never even dreamt of playing with. Basketball is his passport to a greater life but how much is he willing to sacrifice for the sport?

HOOPER deals very heavily
Dec 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya

Hooper was the first book I read in 2018. It was also one of the best basketball stories I have read since The Crossover. With some great characters, humor, and awesome basketball scenes, this is a book you definitely want to check out!
Xander Schuett
I really enjoyed this book. I really like the character development of the main character Adam. In the beginning, Adam was really quite and disliked many people. Towards the end, Adam is really outspoken after he meets Carli. He begins to talk to people and he soon becomes more like. I really liked the part where Adam walks off the court in protest of his friend Khalil getting kicked off the team. I liked it because it showed how much he has grown and how confident he is. I liked how dedicated ...more
Jul 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Adam Reed is one of the best basketball players in Minnesota, and he's only getting better. As an adopted immigrant from Poland, living the midwest life of Minnesota (and continue to learn the ins and outs of living in America) is challenging. When he is asked to join one of the top AAU teams in the state, he realizes that basketball just might be the key to bigger and better things. However, just as everything seems to be falling into place, something happens that might just take more than ...more
Gael Barrera
Apr 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The book Hooper by Geoff Herbach is about an orphan boy named Adam Sobieski who is born in Poland and is then adopted in the United States. His father abandoned him while his mother died of cancer. He later on learns how to play basketball and is the only thing he likes besides Carli Anderson (a girl that he later on knows). This book was not recommended to me but was really terrific. I recommend it to people that like playing and reading about sports. I give this book a 5 out of 5 because I ...more
Brody Deerberg
Nov 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
I don't like how the author of this book doesn't describe things at all. I don't like how Adam absolutely hates Kase Kinshaw it sidetracks Adam to much. Adam's grammar in this book is confusing at some points. Barry won't stop talking in this book and it is very annoying. I like do like the storyline of how Adam is from Poland. I really don't like his nickname which is the Poland Hammer I don't know why I just don't like the name. I wish Adam would step up for himself against Kase Kinshaw. I ...more
Dec 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was awesome. I really liked how it touched on real world problems and the story was also very unique. I would recommend this book to people who don’t usually enjoy reading. I was reluctant to pick up this book at first but I am sure glad I did.
Ben Lamorte
Mar 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Stumbled onto it. My son read it in 2 days and literally asked “why is this book so damn good?” at 11pm and didn’t want to sleep... hasn’t happened since Harry Potter series. We were looking for a basketball book that is also decent literature, and Hooper is that book.
Landon Spencer
Dec 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
it was a very good book i like the concept of the immigrant where his dad left him and becomes a big shot in his school and on their team
Jun 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great story! Fans of Carl Deuker will love this book.
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Adam is Polish, adopted and brought to America just four years ago. He doesn't feel he fits in until he discovers basketball. And, even then, something keeps him on the outskirts. Until The Fury.
Oct 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: quarter-1
It was a great book about basketball.
Haley Laverne
Mar 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was a fantastic book for sports fans and non sports fans. This book is about a young Poland born boy named Adam Reed or previously known before coming to america Adam Sobenski. Adam was adopted by an american woman named Renata who lives in Philadelphia where Adam starts to play basketball. After a while they move to a small rural town in Minnesota where Adam starts to draw attention to his basketball skills and his ability to slam dunk. Along with Adam a young female player who plays ...more
Jack The Man
Nov 15, 2019 rated it liked it
This book wasnt as good as fast break by Mike Lupica or True Legend (other basketball novels) but it was still kind off go. Its based off this kid named Adam Reed , he is originally from Poland but he moved to america three years before the book started, he makes a run in the playoffs with his high school team but things start to go down hill with a player getting expelled and many more hardships, but the make up for it with a good end. ...more
Abhay H 8A
Mar 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Really good
William Lee
Oct 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I personally love basketball, either to watch or play or teach. I've been playing for almost 6 years, and it is my favorite sport. I might have chosen this book to only match my "Basketball-ness" I have in my mind. I've also heard many stories about basketball stars who grew up in a harsh living condition with a depressing family background. Nothing made them stop, indeed. It is also a book where the main character has a suffrage over the course of years with a sad family background. However, ...more
Aarnav Patel
Sep 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book takes you on a journey of Adam, this shy and cautious kid from Poland who is know living in Minnesota. Throughout his life, everything has been changing around him but one thing stuck with him, basketball. The author shows how Adam uses basketball to propel other aspects of his life around him and it helps him build better relationships. Adam turns into this eager and amiable kid off the court and an aggressive and assertive player on the court. The character also shows how Adam builds ...more
J & J
Jun 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Much more than basketball.
Casia Courtier
May 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Hooperby Geoff Herbach is a sports contemporary YA book. It is a first-person narrative about Adam Sobieski Reed, a young boy originally from Poland, but adopted by an American woman. At the beginning of the book, Adam has already lived in America for a while. He has learned English and is doing well in school. He is also a basketball player.

I haven't read many sports fiction books. In fact, I think the last time I've read one was in middle school with the soccer fiction book,Tangerine.However,
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I am the author of the YA title, Stupid Fast (June 2011 from Sourcebooks Fire). I also wrote The Miracle Letters of T. Rimberg, a Novel from Three Rivers Press. When I'm not writing books, I'm writing for Radio Happy Hour or developing ridiculous musical bits.

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