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LEADER 00000cam a2200313Ka 4500
008 090518s2009 nju d 000 1 eng d
100 1 Fink, Mark.
245 10 Stepping up /|cby Mark Fink.
250 1st ed.
260 Lodi, NJ :|bWestSide Books,|cc2009.
300 215 p. ;|c22 cm.
520 Ernie Dolan, 14, is plagued by the curse of the average.
Nothing about him stands out - except his stutter. Only
best friend Mike Rivers sees him at his best. Then, at a
competitive basketball camp, Mike excels while Ernie is -
average. When Ernie blunders in the first pickup game,
Rick Craig, obnoxious camp hotshot, nicknames him "Choke."
This sets the tone for Ernie's first week. As Mike hangs
with Craig and the jocks, he and Ernie are on the outs,
yet Ernie finds new allies. Then things change
dramatically when Ernie morphs from outcast to hero,
risking his life to save three camp mates from near
tragedy. His funny, heartwarming story unfolds against the
backdrop of exciting, authentic basketball action while
touching on typical teen issues of friendship and the near
-deadly consequences of peer pressure. -- Book jacket.
521 8 730L|bLexile
526 0 Accelerated Reader|bMG+|c4.5|d6|e6|z136422
650 0 Peer pressure|vFiction.
650 0 Teenage boys|vFiction.
650 0 Friendship|vFiction.
650 0 Basketball players|vFiction.