Kelly, David A. Most Valuable Players: The Basketball Blowout, 100 pgs. A Stepping Stone Book, 2017 (Random House). CHAPTER BOOK $4.99 Content: G.
Five friends are on a basketball team together and they want to win a competition among the other teams so they can go to a tournament. Another competition is introduced in which the teams are competing to sell popcorn and there are fun prizes. The MVP Club (as the friends call themselves) have to learn to work together so they can win their basketball game and one of them can win the grand prize of sneakers in the popcorn competition. After a rocky start they learn to help each other and win.
This chapter book has a simple plot which is well done and there are a few pictures throughout. The friends treat each other well and befriend a boy who seems left out. My only complaint is that the five friends were hard to differentiate and so it’s hard to keep track of who does what. The Ballpark Mysteries by this author are a lot better, but if you have beginning readers who loves sports then this is a good addition.
EL (K-3) – OPTIONAL. Reviewer, C. Peterson.