Hoops (Hardcover)

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By Matt Tavares, Matt Tavares (Illustrator)
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A work of fiction inspired by a true story, Matt Tavares’s debut graphic novel dramatizes the historic struggle for gender equality in high school sports.

It is 1975 in Indiana, and the Wilkins Regional High School girls’ basketball team is in their rookie season. Despite being undefeated, they practice at night in the elementary school and play to empty bleachers. Unlike the boys’ team, the Lady Bears have no buses to deliver them to away games and no uniforms, much less a laundry service. They make their own uniforms out of T-shirts and electrical tape. And with help from a committed female coach, they push through to improbable victory after improbable victory. Illustrated in full color, this story about the ongoing battle of women striving for equality in sports rings with honesty, bravery, and heart.

About the Author

Matt Tavares is the author-illustrator of the New York Times best-selling picture book Dasher, as well as Red and Lulu and several sports biographies, including Becoming Babe Ruth and Growing Up Pedro. He is also the illustrator of Twenty-One Steps: Guarding the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier by Jeff Gottesfeld, The Gingerbread Pirates by Kristin Kladstrup, 'Twas the Night Before Christmas, and Over the River and Through the Wood, among many other picture books. Matt Tavares lives in Maine.

Praise For…

Tavares' debut graphic novel is a historical fiction inspired by true events, following a girls' highschool basketball team in Wilkins, Indiana, as they defy expectations on their way to a state championship. . . . The story is delivered with a wonderfully light touch, mirrored by Tavares' soft, inviting illustrations. . . Although it's technically set in high school, grade-school readers will have no problem connecting to the friendship drama or rooting for Judi, her dream, and her epic ’70s bowl cut. Highly recommended.

Basing his debut graphic novel on a true story, Tavares follows a small group of enthusiasts and their resourceful art teacher who moonlights as the girls’ basketball coach, from tryouts that are shuffled off to the elementary school’s gym through dogged practices and hard-fought games all the way to the 1976 state championship. . . A winning tale, all the more exhilarating for its links to history.
—Kirkus Reviews

Set against snowy, ambient Midwestern backgrounds peopled by friendly faced characters portrayed with varying skin tones, Tavares (Dasher) gently relays lessons about equality and activism alongside themes of friendship and fitting in, offering an approachable, motivational entry point into Title IX’s effect on sports history.
—Publishers Weekly

An inspiring and heartwarming story about a small-town high school basketball team that will be adored by readers of all ages.
—Caldecott Medalist Dan Santat

A fast-break story of stout hearts, raw talent, and the will to stand up for what’s right. Hip-hoop-hooray for Hoops!
—Scott Magoon, New York Times best-selling illustrator

Poignant and fresh. Sure to have readers of all ages wanting to shoot hoops!
—Jennifer L. Holm, cocreator of the New York Times best-selling Sunny and Babymouse series

I really, really love Hoops! [It’s such a great story, and I’m glad the world will get to know Judi and her teammates.]
—Victoria Jamieson, New York Times best-selling creator of When Stars Are Scattered and Roller Girl

Holy smokes—my mind was blown. . . . Hoops is a must-read.
—Colby Sharp, cofounder of Nerdy Book Club
Product Details
ISBN: 9781536201369
ISBN-10: 1536201367
Publisher: Candlewick
Publication Date: March 14th, 2023
Pages: 224
Language: English