FICTION
The Wizenard Series: Training Camp
Granity Studios. (The Wizenard: Bk. 1). Mar. 2019. 592p. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9781949520019.
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Gr 6 Up–Rain is thrilled to start the West Coast Badgers summer basketball camp in the beat-up Fairwood Community Center, even though his team doesn’t live up to his expectations. What he and his teammates don’t realize is their new coach Rolabi is full of surprises. Not only does he challenge them each to face their fears, but he creates grana, or magic, in their practices. A tiger who comes to play defense, shadows that come to life, and shooting on a mountaintop are the mystifying events that Rolabi has a hand in. But unorthodox coaching methods, like having players stare at a daisy after each practice, make the kids want to fire him. Will Rolabi fail the team or help them become better players at the game and life? The book is divided into parts and each section follows a different player, who shares his own fears and his unique experience with Rolabi.

VERDICT Highly recommended as a new crossover fantasy sports series.

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