Night Hoops

Night Hoops

by Carl Deuker

Nick Abbott and Trent Dawson have nothing in common but basketball.

The two form an uneasy bond as they quietly practice each night on Nick's backyard basketball court.

But as the basketball season progresses, their lives become unexpectedly intertwined.

Filled with gripping game play, this is a story about choices.While trying to prove that he is good enough to be on his high school's varsity basketball team, Nick must also deal with his parents' divorce and the erractic behavior of a troubled classmate who lives across the street.

  • Language: English
  • Category: Sports and Games
  • Rating: 4.09
  • Pages: 256
  • Publish Date: December 18th 2001 by HarperTeen
  • Isbn10: 0064472752
  • Isbn13: 9780064472753

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I love characters who have a real passion in life and Nick's is basketball. His dad also loves it but over the course of the book Nick learns how to play his own game. I especially like reading for the descriptions of the basketball games. Until it turned around and that was very satisfying the way the story built to the awesome ending. I love the way they bonded through basketball. The varsity team isn't the closest group of guys which hurt them a lot in the game but they come together later in the book. This book does and that's one reason why I adore it so much because you can really see how much Nick's life is changed through this team.

A point guard has to go with the flow of the game. Nick is developing his game as a point guard, and its not easy.

Nick's father was a basketball star in high school, and he wants Scott to excel in that sport, but Scott just wants to play his trumpet. Nick's parents decide to go their separate ways, and the divorce is a big psychological problem for Nick, but he is determined to be a star on his high school basketball team and gain his father's approval.

The first reason was because I could totally and honestly relate to the sports themed plot that took place throughout the entire story. The first reason was because I could totally and honestly relate to the sports themed plot that took place throughout the entire story.

Even though I never got pulled out of a varsity game and never had to sit a practice because of a mistake I made, I was still able to make personal connections with the sport. The book was all about Nicks life during basketball. His parents got a divorce, so his dad left giving Nick no one to play basketball against at night. Nick started to give up in school and he didnt try at basketball practices anymore after all that happened. His dad got mad at him because he was working so hard and he was going to get that varsity spot, but now he lost it all. A major event that happened in the book that messed things up for Nick and Trent was when Scott shot a guy for revenge. They lost a lot of games and Nick wasnt getting to play a lot because without Trent coach didnt put him in. The basketball team started to win a lot of big games. Trent and Nick got to start because of their great teamwork and hard work. All he worried about the summer before school started was playing basketball on the varsity team. The book took place during Nicks high school years in the 2000s. I gave this book a five out of five stars because it always kept me thinking what was going to happen and the whole time I was reading it I was able to make connections.

His older brother who was two years older than him had the perfect body to play basketball. His brother quit basketball and did not play anymore. Nick started to hang out with him more and they became good friends. They ended up making the varsity team and got some good playing time. Characterization: The main characters in this book were Nick and Trent. Nick loved basketball and so did Trent. Trent had an older brother that was troubled. Thematic Connection: In this book, Nick wanted to start on the varsity basketball team. He was a troubled kid and Nick wanted him to feel like he had friends. Nick started to hang out with Trent more.

Nick's neighbor Trent also liked to play basketball but his family reputation was not the best. Trent started to become a good kid once he joined the basketball team and became friends with Nick. Trent started using Nicks basketball court and that is where they found their connection with each other. The other part of this book to place at Bothell High, which is where Nick and Trent go to school. Trent struggled in school but with the help of Nick, he got back on track so he could play basketball. Nick and Trent both played for the varsity basketball team at Bothell High.

Personal Response: The book, Night Hoops, was very interesting, because Nick and Trent were very different. I really liked how detailed the basketball games were, because it made me feel like I played the game with Nick and Trent. Plot: The beginning of the book took place in high school where Trent and Nick fought for a spot on the varsity basketball team. Nick and Trent were neighbors and they formed a bond through basketball. Nick learned the fundamentals of basketball very quickly, because he did not like playing JV. Trent and Nick became the dominating duo on the basketball court. He was a very great basketball player, but he did not like school. Scott used to love basketball until his dad pushed it onto him. Luke and Nick had their differences but figured things out once Nick passed the ball more.

Once the school year started, Scott told his dad that he was not playing basketball this year. Towards the end of the season, the team finally started winning games because of Trent. Nick threw a pass to his teammate who hit a buzzer beater for the win in their final game. Setting The book took place in Bothell, Washington, which is important because that is where Nick played high school basketball. Towards the end of the book, his teammates and he became friends and relied on each other to win the final games. Trent also changed when it came to school, because he went from failing to passing as the season started. At the end of the book, he hated Trent even though they were good friends a year before.