Off the Bench (Fred Bowen Sports Story Series) (Paperback)
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Kris wants to be a star scorer like his brother—so why does his coach keep him waiting on the bench?
Kris comes from a sports-loving family. His brother is the star scorer on the high school team, and is being recruited by Division 3 colleges. Kris longs to earn the same adulation, and he’s a good scorer for his junior high team. But why won’t his coach start him? He’s better on defense than his rival, Carlos, and nearly as good a shooter.
Soon Kris becomes obsessed with earning a place in his team’s starting lineup. He does everything he can think of—including being an invaluable player every time he comes in. But nothing seems to get Coach’s attention. Even after he learns the history of the valuable “6th man,” Kris can’t seem to let it go. How will he ever be a big scoring star?
For every kid who hates to read but loves basketball, comes a suspenseful novel with plenty of play-by-play sports action.
About the Author
Fred Bowen was a Little Leaguer who loved to read and is still a lifelong sports fanatic. He is the author of the action-packed Fred Bowen Sports Story series, currently totaling more than twenty titles. For thirteen years, Bowen coached kids’ baseball and basketball teams. He has also written a weekly sports column for kids in the Washington Post since 2000. He was a lawyer for many years before retiring to become a full-time children’s book author. Bowen lives in Silver Spring, Maryland, with his wife Peggy Jackson. They have two grown children.