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ISBN 978-0062453112

From Geoff Herbach, the critically acclaimed author of the Stupid Fast series, comes a compelling new YA novel about basketball, prejudice, privilege, and family, perfect for fans of Jordan Sonnenblick, Andrew Smith, and Matt de la Peña.

For Adam Reed, basketball is a passport. Adam’s basketball skills have taken him from an orphanage in Poland to a loving adoptive mother in Minnesota. When he’s tapped to play on a select AAU team along with some of the best players in the state, it just confirms that basketball is his ticket to the good life: to new friendships, to the girl of his dreams, to a better future.

But life is more complicated off the court. When an incident with the police threatens to break apart the bonds Adam’s finally formed after a lifetime of struggle, he must make an impossible choice between his new family and the sport that’s given him everything.

Reviews and Testimonials
“Lessons on small-town politics and what it means to be a good friend abound in this well-plotted work.” (Booklist)
“Herbach’s ability to expand the narrative from solid game play to confronting racial injustice is remarkable. No one here is perfect, and their failures make readers cringe yet root for success. Hoops and so much more.” (Kirkus Reviews)
“There’s much to love in this sports tale. Fast-paced play-by-plays vividly depict the speed and beauty of the game. Adam’s backstory is heartrending and with immigrant mistrust and nonviolent protests in the national spotlight, this is a timely and realistic teen drama and swish—nothin’ but net.” (School Library Journal)
“This sports/school/domestic drama checks all the boxes. What could be another boilerplate basketball novel benefits from a tight cast of well developed secondary characters who surpass their expected stereotypes.” (Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books)
“Fresh, funny, thoughtful, subversive, and totally absorbing. Book of the year!” (Robert Lipsyte, Margaret A. Edwards award-winning author of The Contender)
“Funny, gut-wrenching, and spilling over with heart, Hooper is an uplifting breath of joy, and gives us all cause to be hopeful. I loved it!” (Andrew Smith, Michael L. Printz Honor and New York Times bestselling author of Winger and Grasshopper Jungle)
Hooper is a slam dunk! A sports novel with incredible action and tons of heart. I challenge you not to fall in love with these terrific, flawed characters, and just try to put this one down once you start. Impossible.” (Bill Konigsberg, award-winning author of Honestly Ben)
“In pages stuffed full of breathtaking basketball, powerful girls, hard discussions, and one struggling boy named Adam Sobieski who you will fall madly in love with and cheer for, Herbach gifts us a story about the messiness of life and the importance of talking about it--ultimately showing us how to not only trudge through it, but to soar.” (Gae Polisner, author of In Sight of Stars and The Memory of Things)
Acknowledgments (from Hooper)
First of all, thank you to my agent, Jim McCarthy. It feels like I’ve grown up with you, Jim. Thanks to my editor, Ben Rosenthal. There aren’t exactly truckloads of Midwestern sports fans in this business. I’m so, so lucky to be with you. Thank you to Jason Darcy for reading an early draft and for knowing way too much about basketball (someone needs to publish your eighty-page screed on the history and societal implications of moving screens in today’s professional game). Thank you to Nicole Overton for reading a draft in the middle of the process, for catching what I couldn’t see well. For catching what I should’ve clearly seen, but didn’t. For just generally helping Hooper so much.
Thanks to my maternal Grandpa, Oscar, for leaving Eastern Europe when people were getting killed. He farmed in Minnesota. Worked in factories in Iowa. He and Grandma Elinor made a good life for his family. They made my amazing, adventurous mom. Thanks to my paternal Grandma, Yvonne, for fleeing Belgium right ahead of the Nazis. She went first to Brazil. She ended up in New York, where she made a good life working as a translator for everything from cookbooks to bank contracts. She learned a lot of languages while moving across the globe. Thanks to my dad, Max, who, as a baby, sat in the arms of the S.S. while my grandparents were interrogated. He got to Brazil, flunked math in 8th grade, went to an American school, and ended up immigrating to the U.S. when he was eighteen. Thank you to everyone who welcomed my family with open arms.
For Hooper, I feel especially indebted to the following authors and their books. Sherman Alexie for Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian. Jason Reynolds and Brandon Kiely for All American Boys. Tamika Catchings for Catch a Star. Alice Goffman for On the Run. J.D. Vance for Hillbilly Elegy. Ta Nehisi Coates for Between the World and Me.
Read many books and you will see deeply into many lives. You will be a better person for it. That’s a pretty good reason to read books.
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