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Bouncing Back

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  29 ratings  ·  12 reviews
Perfect for fans of Mike Lupica and Tim Green, Bouncing Back brings readers onto the wheelchair basketball court in a story brimming with heart, humor, and thrilling sports action.

Back in his old basketball league, Carlos Cooper owned the court, sprinting and jumping and lighting up the scoreboard as opponents (and teammates) watched in awe. Now thirteen-year-old "Cooper
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published October 8th 2019 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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Ms. Yingling
Jul 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Carlos Cooper "the Hooper" is in a wheelchair after an accident that claimed the lives of both his parents. He is fortunate that his very supportive Aunt Rosie and Uncle Augie have stepped in to raise him, even if it means moving several hours away from his old friends. Wanting to get Carlos interested in something, his aunt and uncle have him go to the Buccaneers wheel chair basketball practice. It seems like an impossible task, especially since the coach,
Oct 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book is heartwarming and filled with authentic basketball court action reminding us that wheelchair basketball is indeed real basketball. The book begins with Carlos going to his first practice with the team. He is relatively new to being in a wheelchair and struggles with being on the court in a chair. Once a hotshot scorer, he is forced to be a student of strategy and that makes him a better teammate. The team faces a crisis with their home gym and the book depicts their efforts to ...more
Melanie Dulaney
Scott Ostler is a writer of sports non-fiction and that background allows him to bring a ring of authenticity to the basketball aspect of his debut novel for middle grades students. But there is so much more than basketball in this novel! Students and teachers will easily recognize themes of perseverance, working together, and being a true friend, but there are other messages that are more subtle--standing up to bullies, both the typical school yard type as well as the scarier ones in the role ...more
Anita McDivitt Barrios
Dec 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: middle-grade, sports
Carlos was his basketball team's top scorer, but he's not great when it comes to passing to his teammates, so when he's in an accident that kills his parents and has to use a wheelchair, he thinks his basketball days are over.

Until his Aunt Rosie and Uncle Augie introduce him to wheelchair basketball in a run-down gym the team nicknames the "Rat Palace" after a rat missing a leg steals a bite from Carlos' donut.

Carlos and his teammates battle not just to make it to the state finals, but to keep
Jul 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kids
Jam-packed, exciting story focused on a wheelchair basketball team that is fighting to become a strong team and save their community gym. Tons of issues in here -- from the various personal stories of the kids on the teams (losing parents, dealing with chronic illness, foster system) to the backstory of the notorious school bully (DV) to the loving family that Carlos, the main character, has created with his aunt and uncle following the death of his parents in the same accident that paralyzed ...more
Recommended for grades 4-7. The story of Carlos, a recently wheelchair-bound middle schooler who rediscovers his love of basketball on a wheelchair basketball team. This book really has the feel of a sports book more than a realistic-fiction-about-having-a-disability book. (Basically the opposite of Mascot by Antony John, where the disability experience is more of the focus and the sports is more in the background.) The team is made up of a diverse cast of disabled players who work hard, support ...more
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Dec 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this one. The tension of game action paired with the struggle to keep their gym kept me turning the pages. The characters are incredible too, with full personalities. It incorporates a lot of important topics and themes, but does not feel preachy or heavy.
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Jan 16, 2020 rated it liked it
Bedtime book with Isaac. He loved it. Positive story filled with easy to love (or hate, where appropriate) characters and lots of basketball play by play.
Hoover Public Library Kids and Teens
Carlos owned the basketball court before his accident. Will he be out of his league on his new wheelchair basketball team?
Chris Fike
Dec 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Bouncing Back by Scott Ostler is a book about a handicapped boy named Carlos, who loves basketball, but doesn’t feel normal on his wheelchair team, He then realizes that his school bully’s father (The Mayor) is going to tear down their gym. The Rollin Rat’s do everything they can to stop the mayor and Carlos starts to feel like part of a team again. If you like comedy and sports with a little bit of heart. Then this book is for you.
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