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Lizzy Legend

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  66 ratings  ·  21 reviews
Lizzy Trudeaux loves basketball. She doesn’t have much by way of money, but she has access to the community court, a worn ball named Ginger, and she practices constantly. After fighting to join the boy’s team at her school, Lizzy is finally given the opportunity to show off her hard-earned skills.

When she answers what she believes is another bill collecting phone call, Liz
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published January 8th 2019 by Aladdin
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Apr 23, 2019 rated it it was ok
I grew up on stories with strong female protagonists: A Wrinkle in Time, Lizzie McGuire, etc. So, this book sounded right up my alley.

Unfortunately, it turned out to be a dud. The biggest problem with this book is, instead of describing what happens during the basketball games, all it gives is inane commentary from the players, the announcers, and random online viewers. Couldn't the author have just shown us what happened without that mess?

Add to that profanity--not only do the a-word, b-word, a
Kayla Smith
Feb 24, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: t2
This book is a girl named Lizzy who is poor and lives with her dad because her mom died at a young age. Lizzy practices basketball every chance she gets because basketball is her life. One day when she was out practicing she got this weird call asking what she wanted for a wish and she said to never miss a shot not thinking that the wish will come true, but it does. Lizzy can't miss a shot no matter how hard the shot is she can't miss. She got onto a professional basketball team and she is on fi ...more
Sofiya Pasternack
Dec 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: novel19s
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Friends, I learned so much about basketball from this book! I don't follow the sport but I was still able to keep up with the games and what was going on. Lizzy is a great character who is fierce and determined, and even the magic wish she gets doesn't stop her from grueling practice she forces herself to do. Her friend Toby and her dad offer great balance to her dogged seriousness: Toby is goofy and always live streaming on his phone, and her dad starts off pretty beaten down and sa
May 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book is pure fun. Strong female protagonist ft. bits of magic, duct taped sneakers, and lots of grit.

The writing alternates between first-person narrative and sports casting that calls in all sorts of media (Tweets, comments made by reporters, interview-style quotes). I've not seen writing like that in a MG book and think it would be perfect for hesitant readers or sports-loving students.
Anita McDivitt Barrios
Jul 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The writing in this middle grade book is a great example of how multiple points-of-view can enhance a story and keep up the fast-paced action so the reader is caught up in it.

Lizzy works her butt off (literally) to become the best basektball player she can be, but it's still not good enough to earn a spot on the 8th grade boys' team. That is, until she gets a mysterious phone call informing her she has one wish. And she wishes...that every shot she makes will go in. From anywhere. Doing anything
Ms. Yingling
Nov 10, 2018 rated it liked it
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Lizzy lives in an impoverished neighborhood near Philadelphia, and is a fantastic basketball player. She practices an insane amount, and has made a name for herself. When she tries out for her school team, she's sure she'll make it, but when bully Tank and her friend Toby make it but she does not, she is not pleased. She talks to the coach, who is sympathetic and recognizes her skill (which she shares with her father, who was a great player until he was injured), but tel
Feb 01, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2021
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Lizzy’s worked harder than anyone else for most of her 13 years at being the best basketball player, spending hours each day practicing on the rundown court outside her apartment. All the work pays off when Lizzy makes it onto her school’s 8th grade boys basketball team and quickly proves herself to be the MVP. Meanwhile, she is also dealing with bill collectors calling her constantly to get ahold of her father. At first, upon receiving a strange call from a robot, Lizzy thinks it’s some
Jan 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was so much fun to read. Lizzy is totally serious about basketball and she is a worthy competitor for the boys in her middle school. When she gets the opportunity to make one wish, her life changes in exponential ways. At times the narrative is like a play-by-play with participants and observers contributing information. Sometimes it is famous people we all know like Spike Lee, Jack Nicholson and LeBron James. Reading about Lizzy reminded me of the movie "Like Mike" that my boys watche ...more
Kim Long
Nov 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I recently finished this ARC, and I loved it! It was so nice to see a book feature a girl athlete AND add a twist to the "wish comes true" trope. So often, books about wishes delve into more serious fare, a sick relative, etc. It was nice to read about something a bit more relatable--a kid who wants to be great at a sport. Lizzy also comes from a lower income family, which is not something I see a lot of in MG, and it's added in an organic way that doesn't take over the plot, but is still someth ...more
Oct 30, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

Great addition to any sports collection at a middle schools. Parts are unbelievable and hard to follow, but Lizzy (the main character) is adorable and sweet and genuine. Loved her!! Her best friend Toby is also super endearing and charming. Just parts of this were ridiculous but the writing was really good so it made up for it! Overall, I’d recommend.
Madeline Granskog
May 27, 2019 rated it liked it
Lizzy Legend is a story about a girl who has almost nothing, and one wish changes her life. She wishes to never miss a shot is basketball again. She goes on to be the first girl, and youngest player ever in the NBA. She becomes the best player ever, and then she misses a shot. Her world starts crumbling, but she learns to pick her self up again and to keep going, and gets back on her feet.
Tamatha Picolla
Nov 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
I liked this book a lot more than I thought I would. At first, I was a little angry that a girl is only able to achieve athletic goals because she has a special wish granted. The author makes up for it.
Mar 19, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019, b-b, children-s
This pleasant, wish-fulfillment sports fantasy places a gratifying emphasis on hard work and gender equality, with a side of socioeconomic diversity. I was less sold on the character development; her best friend was a bit of a stock character and I didn't see a ton of growth. ...more
Mary Vanpatten
Aug 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Lizzy is a hard working middle school basketball superstar. I’m excited to find students to enjoy this book.

It might be a 5 star book in the hands of a teen.
Mar 27, 2019 rated it liked it
The book is very good except the cuss words there is no need to put those words in the book.
Mar 27, 2019 rated it liked it
A bit intense and unrealistic.
I didn't think I would like a book about basketball but I am so glad I picked this up. Basketball fan or not, you like this a lot! ...more
May 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Brisk prose and relatable characters. Freshly positive. Perfect for its target audience but great for any age! Congrats Matt! #lizzylegend
Annie M.
Aug 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Sweet story and a lovable main character. Interesting plot. Great for grades 3-6, I think. Fun read!
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