Jared thinks he's the best player on his basketball team and can't figure out why his teammates snub him when he tries to break their losing streak single-handedly. After losing his temper and getting thrown out of a game, the sixth grader is confronted by a teammate. Resisting a fight, Jared realizes that he must surrender his ego for the benefit of the team. Eventually, everything clicks and he learns that the path to success comes when he puts the needs of others ahead of his own. The story's setting in Hudson City, NJ, is deliberately generic, as are the characters. The concluding chapters offer game-by-game summaries that reinforce the idea that Jared is now a team player. Sports enthusiasts may enjoy the story at face value, but Chris Crutcher's novels offer deeper characters with sophisticated stories.
Will Jared's temper keep him out of the game?
Jared knows he;s the best basketball player in school. He's got the talent, the touch, and the shots. With him at center, the Hudson City Hornet finally have a chance at making the playoffs.
But Jared's also got a temper, and when the ref throws him out of the game, he watches his team's chance start to slip away. With some help from his friends, he begins to realize that he's got to be a better teammate in order for the Hornets to be a better team.
Part of the Winning Season series: Jared knows he's the best basketball player in school. But he also has a temper,and when he is thrown out of the game by the coach because of his temper, he starts to realize that he has to be part of a team in or to help his team do better. Lots of play by play action that engages young sports fans. A good read1