FICTION

Power Forward

144p. (Zayd Saleem, Chasing the Dream: Bk. 1). S. & S./Salaam Reads. May 2018. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781534411982; pap. $6.99. ISBN 9781534411999. POP
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Gr 3–6— Fourth grader Zayd Saleem is facing challenges, both on and off the basketball court. He is torn between obeying his parents by taking violin lessons and getting ready for tryouts to be a part of the Gold Team with his best friend Adam. Zayd makes an important decision: if he skips morning violin rehearsals, he can get in twice the practice for the tryouts. After two weeks, he is discovered and in big trouble. Bits of jovial humor from characters like Jamal, Zayd's uncle, and Naano, his grandmother, add to the lightheartedness of this straightforward tale.
VERDICT A fine purchase, especially where young readers are transitioning from chapter books to longer middle grade sports fiction.

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