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Kids have big dreams. And when those dreams are on the line, how far are they willing to go to achieve them? When Jayden and his teammates find out there's not going to be a Hoop Group this year--and maybe ever again--they have to learn to lean on each other if they want to save their basketball season, in this inspiring new middle grade novel from NBA superstar LeBron Kids have big dreams. And when those dreams are on the line, how far are they willing to go to achieve them? When Jayden and his teammates find out there's not going to be a Hoop Group this year--and maybe ever again--they have to learn to lean on each other if they want to save their basketball season, in this inspiring new middle grade novel from NBA superstar LeBron James and acclaimed author Andrea Williams. Jayden Carr has been training all summer to be ready for Hoop Group--the free afterschool basketball program where his hero, NBA superstar Kendrick King, got his start. But when his beloved coach tells him there's not going to be a Hoop Group this year, Jayden is heartbroken. And he's not the only one. Coach Beck's daughter, Tamika, was planning to be the first girl ever to start for the squad. Chris King, Kendrick's only nephew, spent the summer bragging that his uncle was coming home just to watch him play. For Anthony Pierson, Hoop Group was supposed to be his way out of trouble. And for Dexter Donyel, all 4'6" of him, Hoop Group was his chance to finally be part of a team, instead of just watching from the stands. For each kid, Hoop Group was more than just a chance to ball; it was an escape, a dream, a family. Now their prospects seem all but impossible--but then the world hasn't met Jayden, Tamika, Chris, Anthony, and Dex before. Determined to have their shot, the five new friends scrap, hustle, fight, and play hard to save their season to prove that sometimes a chance is all it takes. It's an inspiring, original middle grade story from NBA superstar LeBron James and acclaimed author Andrea Williams that channels the many relatable challenges so many young kids face. The first step to winning is getting out on the court.


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Kids have big dreams. And when those dreams are on the line, how far are they willing to go to achieve them? When Jayden and his teammates find out there's not going to be a Hoop Group this year--and maybe ever again--they have to learn to lean on each other if they want to save their basketball season, in this inspiring new middle grade novel from NBA superstar LeBron Kids have big dreams. And when those dreams are on the line, how far are they willing to go to achieve them? When Jayden and his teammates find out there's not going to be a Hoop Group this year--and maybe ever again--they have to learn to lean on each other if they want to save their basketball season, in this inspiring new middle grade novel from NBA superstar LeBron James and acclaimed author Andrea Williams. Jayden Carr has been training all summer to be ready for Hoop Group--the free afterschool basketball program where his hero, NBA superstar Kendrick King, got his start. But when his beloved coach tells him there's not going to be a Hoop Group this year, Jayden is heartbroken. And he's not the only one. Coach Beck's daughter, Tamika, was planning to be the first girl ever to start for the squad. Chris King, Kendrick's only nephew, spent the summer bragging that his uncle was coming home just to watch him play. For Anthony Pierson, Hoop Group was supposed to be his way out of trouble. And for Dexter Donyel, all 4'6" of him, Hoop Group was his chance to finally be part of a team, instead of just watching from the stands. For each kid, Hoop Group was more than just a chance to ball; it was an escape, a dream, a family. Now their prospects seem all but impossible--but then the world hasn't met Jayden, Tamika, Chris, Anthony, and Dex before. Determined to have their shot, the five new friends scrap, hustle, fight, and play hard to save their season to prove that sometimes a chance is all it takes. It's an inspiring, original middle grade story from NBA superstar LeBron James and acclaimed author Andrea Williams that channels the many relatable challenges so many young kids face. The first step to winning is getting out on the court.

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  1. 4 out of 5

    Faloni © arr

    I've got a test in the morning.. Good luck to me. 🥰📚 I've got a test in the morning.. Good luck to me. 🥰📚

  2. 4 out of 5

    Ms. Yingling

    E ARC provided by Edelweiss Plus Things are tough in Lorain, Ohio, and Carter Middle School is not free from the problems affecting the area. When Coach Beck, who has been running the Hoop Group for years, has to step down because he has Parkinson's, the members are devastated, since they all have come to the group for different kinds of support. Jayden hopes that basketball will be his ticket to the better high school, Willow Brook, especially after his mother loses her job at a legal firm. The E ARC provided by Edelweiss Plus Things are tough in Lorain, Ohio, and Carter Middle School is not free from the problems affecting the area. When Coach Beck, who has been running the Hoop Group for years, has to step down because he has Parkinson's, the members are devastated, since they all have come to the group for different kinds of support. Jayden hopes that basketball will be his ticket to the better high school, Willow Brook, especially after his mother loses her job at a legal firm. The coach's daughter, Tamika, has had to stop attending Austinberg Prep, and hopes that the group will make her father see that girls should have a chance to be ballers as well. Chris is the nephew of NBA player Kendrick King, and hopes to replicate his uncle's success, even though his father Chris is more interested in his own involvement with basketball than Chris'. Anthony has been attending the group as a useful punishment for some anger issues that manifested themselves at school, and is also a way to get away from his abusive father. Dexter, who is on the small side, is glad that he will have a change to play, and somewhere to hang out after school while his mother is working. When the coach quits, Tamika takes it upon herself to enlist the help of the only teacher available, Principal Kim, but she then struggles to find enough kids to play. She really wants the group to do well at a big competition in order to impress her dad, and even manages to arrange a scrimmage with her former team, but it's hard to get kids on the court when they are dealing with problems at home. Jayden wants to play, but is cleaning up at a local pizza parlor, but eventually reluctantly agrees to join. Will this small but scrappy group be able to prove themselves outside of their school? Strengths: James is still hugely popular with my students, and I am impressed with the philanthropic work that he has done in Akron. Like Derek Jeter, he had a difficult time growing up, and is determined to give back to his community in a really admirable way. This story definitely shows some of those difficulties, but did not fall into the stereotypes that older books embraced about inner city life. Yes, things are tough, but it's not all abusive fathers. Jayden's mom had been going to law school, and his grandmother is a retired high school English teacher. Dex's mother is struggling to balance work and school. Pizza parlor owner Roddy chose to stay in the area with his daughter instead of pursuing college. There are some opportunities, but life doesn't always work out the way we want, and that's a good message we don't see much. There are enough details about basketball that this will attract young readers, and enough about real life struggles that adults will appreciate. Weaknesses: The kids all struggled with so many issues, but we were told about them, and not shown, which really weakened the impact. Williams (Baseball's Leading Lady: Effa Manley and the Rise and Fall of the Negro Leagues) is a fantastic writer, so perhaps this will improve in the next books in the series. What I really think: I'll definitely buy this, and would love to see other popular sports people emulate James in both his social projects and his fictional ones.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Titus

    This was a very enjoyable book. I was pleasantly surprised by the depth of the characters in this children's book. LeBron James is truly a talented man with the way he shines light on the type of challenges these young kids grow up in. The main characters are a ragtag group of hoopers, each with their own problems. As the book continues, this group bands together to save their dying program. The story switches perspectives throughout the book, making it very fun to see each person's thoughts and This was a very enjoyable book. I was pleasantly surprised by the depth of the characters in this children's book. LeBron James is truly a talented man with the way he shines light on the type of challenges these young kids grow up in. The main characters are a ragtag group of hoopers, each with their own problems. As the book continues, this group bands together to save their dying program. The story switches perspectives throughout the book, making it very fun to see each person's thoughts and how circumstances affect them. Slight criticism would be a bit more basketball commentary, as there was not a whole lot of gameplay. This is not a big thing however as this book had rich character backstories and development. Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed reading this short children's book. I would recommend it to kids ages 9-14, as it is easy to read, yet shares great morals and is heartwarming to read. I give this book 5 stars I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the publisher through Netgalley. All views expressed are only my honest opinion, a positive review was not required.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Sophia

    We Are Family by LeBron James Published August 31st 2021 <3 Although this is listed under JF genre, I found it uplifting and left me warm and fuzzy. I think some of it may be based on King James experiences. Its a story with a lot heart and life lessons. <3 Kids have big dreams. And when those dreams are on the line, how far are they willing to go to achieve them? When Jayden and his teammates find out there's not going to be a Hoop Group this year—and maybe ever again—they have to learn to lean on We Are Family by LeBron James Published August 31st 2021 <3 Although this is listed under JF genre, I found it uplifting and left me warm and fuzzy. I think some of it may be based on King James experiences. Its a story with a lot heart and life lessons. <3 Kids have big dreams. And when those dreams are on the line, how far are they willing to go to achieve them? When Jayden and his teammates find out there's not going to be a Hoop Group this year—and maybe ever again—they have to learn to lean on each other if they want to save their basketball season, in this inspiring new middle grade novel from NBA superstar LeBron James and acclaimed author Andrea Williams. Jayden Carr has been training all summer to be ready for Hoop Group—the free afterschool basketball program where his hero, NBA superstar Kendrick King, got his start. But when his beloved coach tells him there's not going to be a Hoop Group this year, Jayden is heartbroken. And he's not the only one. Coach Beck's daughter, Tamika, was planning to be the first girl ever to start for the squad. Chris King, Kendrick's only nephew, spent the summer bragging that his uncle was coming home just to watch him play. For Anthony Pierson, Hoop Group was supposed to be his way out of trouble. And for Dexter Donyel, all 4'6" of him, Hoop Group was his chance to finally be part of a team, instead of just watching from the stands. For each kid, Hoop Group was more than just a chance to ball; it was an escape, a dream, a family. Now their prospects seem all but impossible—but then the world hasn't met Jayden, Tamika, Chris, Anthony, and Dex before. Determined to have their shot, the five new friends scrap, hustle, fight, and play hard to save their season to prove that sometimes a chance is all it takes. It's an inspiring, original middle grade story from NBA superstar LeBron James and acclaimed author Andrea Williams that channels the many relatable challenges so many young kids face. The first step to winning is getting out on the court.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Brian Paquin

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This book is about a group of 5 kids who all join Hoop Group for different reasons. Hoop Group has been around for years and even helped start the career of NBA star Kendrick King. Each child (middle school age) has their own story and reasons for being part of Hoop Group. When Coach Beck has to step away from Hoop Group, the group is in trouble. They need him to keep Hoop Group! Tamika gets the idea to become team captain and keep the group together, including making it to the big Fall Invitati This book is about a group of 5 kids who all join Hoop Group for different reasons. Hoop Group has been around for years and even helped start the career of NBA star Kendrick King. Each child (middle school age) has their own story and reasons for being part of Hoop Group. When Coach Beck has to step away from Hoop Group, the group is in trouble. They need him to keep Hoop Group! Tamika gets the idea to become team captain and keep the group together, including making it to the big Fall Invitational Tournament. Each character comes from a different family situation dealing with issues such as father left, father and uncle had a falling out, abuse and alcoholism, father has Parkinson's disease, and another character is being raised by a single mom who is working at a fast food chain and trying to get her nursing degree (also, she had her son when she was just 16 years old.) As inspiring as this story is for the kids trying to keep Hoop Group together, I felt there was just too much going on. There are situations where many kids are from families who aren't in the best situations, but it seemed to be at every turn. Then when you thought things couldn't get worse, Jayden's mom loses her job and Jayden who is only 12 has to try to look for work (his idea, not his Mom's or Gram's) to try to help out. I do like how all the kids all come together and show empathy for their different situations. The ending also felt a bit rushed.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Lynn

    We Are Family by LeBron James and Andrea Williams is the sort of sports novel that I loved as a child from authors like Duane Decker and Howard Brier. A group of middle school kids sign up to participate in an after school basketball program named "Hoop Group" only to find out that the coach/sponsor, Coach Beck, won't be able to run the program. A group of 3 decide that they will carry on the program on their lead by a girl named Tamika Beck, the coach's daughter. First one boy and finally anoth We Are Family by LeBron James and Andrea Williams is the sort of sports novel that I loved as a child from authors like Duane Decker and Howard Brier. A group of middle school kids sign up to participate in an after school basketball program named "Hoop Group" only to find out that the coach/sponsor, Coach Beck, won't be able to run the program. A group of 3 decide that they will carry on the program on their lead by a girl named Tamika Beck, the coach's daughter. First one boy and finally another join to make a team. We learn the back story of all the players and their families. They live in a town suffering from plant closing and high unemployment. Some of the students' families are affected by this along with other challenges such as Tamika's father opposition to her being a basketball player despite her obvious talents. The kids benefit from some mentors who help guide them through the ups and downs of the season. I enjoyed reading this book. I plan to donate it to a neighborhood middle school.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Pam

    I received an electronic ARC from HarperCollins Children's Books through NetGalley. Readers see life from five different seventh graders perspectives (Jaylen, Tamika, Anthony, Dex, Chris). They're linked through their love of basketball. Each brings their own baggage and skills to the after school program that has been around for decades. Unfortunately, this is a year of changes as the coach has to quit for health reasons and each of their families has a crisis - job loss, abuse, estrangement. Ja I received an electronic ARC from HarperCollins Children's Books through NetGalley. Readers see life from five different seventh graders perspectives (Jaylen, Tamika, Anthony, Dex, Chris). They're linked through their love of basketball. Each brings their own baggage and skills to the after school program that has been around for decades. Unfortunately, this is a year of changes as the coach has to quit for health reasons and each of their families has a crisis - job loss, abuse, estrangement. James and Williams bring these young people to life and readers will jump in with them as they learn about each other, about the game, and about having hope and belief in themselves and others. Middle graders will find themselves somewhere in these characters and connect to their life paths. A must have for school libraries.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Candy Hall

    I read this middle grade book with unabashed glee and enjoyed every minute of it. We Are Family is a cute story with the main characters of Jayden, Tamika, Anthony, Dex, and Chris. The trials and tribulations that they as Hoop Group and as individuals deal with both on and off the court made this an engaging story. I truly had a vested interest in knowing how it turned out for them as a team and as individuals.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Wilson

    This was such a great story! I love the voices of each of the Hoop Group members. They feel real. This is a great middle grade book for anyone that loves basketball or team sports, or for kids that want a realistic fiction story about feeling isolated and making friends. The sense of hope, belonging, and hard-work is very palpable.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Gina

    I liked this book. Five kids with different reasons for wanting to be part of Hoop Group even though the group is in jeopardy. All five have something going on in their lives going up against their dreams. That and the book was really easy to get into reading.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Mira

    Very cool book written by LeBron James! It was an interesting read.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Sierra Bartley

    LeBron James

  13. 5 out of 5

    Jean Hernandez

    This was a great book for young adults, characters with realistic problems. No matter how hard the challenges are, there is always a light at the end of the tunnel.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Cheryl

    This is a great middle grade novel about sticking with things even when times are tough and working together with those around you who care about you.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Kris

    Fantastic character development! It is about basketball but the 7th grader's home lives are the real story. I highly recommend it for fans of Jason Reynold's Track series. Fantastic character development! It is about basketball but the 7th grader's home lives are the real story. I highly recommend it for fans of Jason Reynold's Track series.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Kim

    Pleasantly surprised by this little gem. Excited for a sequel.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Katrinasheaffer

  18. 4 out of 5

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  19. 4 out of 5

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  20. 4 out of 5

    Reign 1982

  21. 5 out of 5

    Ellen

  22. 5 out of 5

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  23. 4 out of 5

    Daniel Rosen

  24. 4 out of 5

    Olivia

  25. 5 out of 5

    Joel Shoemaker

  26. 5 out of 5

    Nicole Couch

  27. 5 out of 5

    Ashley

  28. 5 out of 5

    Allison Volz

  29. 4 out of 5

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  30. 5 out of 5

    MELISSA CORTEZ

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