Join us for a talk and book signing with Bay Area sports columnist Scott Ostler as he shares stories from his debut children’s novel Bouncing Back.
(for ages 8-12)
Thirteen-year-old Carlos Cooper used to be the star of the team. Back in his old basketball league, he took every shot he possibly could – even if he had to steal it from a teammate – and he made every single one of them. But, on his new wheelchair basketball team, he's back to being just one of the players, nothing special.
When the city closes down his league’s gym, Carlos soon finds himself even more adrift. Without the gym, they can't practice, and if they can't practice, they might as well kiss their dreams of a State Championship win goodbye. It’s only by learning to work together that Carlos and his new teammates will be able to save their gym. And Carlos will have to learn what
it takes to be a member of the team so he can fully embrace his new friends.
"A wonderful story of friendship and the unique ability of kids to overcome a challenge. Inspiring for young athletes and non-athletes alike."―Mitch Albom, #1 New York Times bestselling author; Sports Columnist, Detroit Free Press; panelist, ESPN's The Sports Reporters
"My old friend Scott Ostler has always written a sports column informed by humor and heart. Now he gives us a novel about a boy, and his teammates, who will get into your heart and won't get out."―Mike Lupica, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Heat and Travel Team
"The multi-tiered plot moves quickly, the characters are engaging, and the wheelchair basketball is a unique premise, but the real draw in this debut novel from sportswriter Ostler are the vivid descriptions of basketball action. Of equal interest to boys and girls, this strikes just the right notes about teamwork, friendship, and acceptance."―Booklist, starred review
Scott Ostler is a sports columnist for The San Francisco Chronicle, and previously for The Los Angeles Times. He has been voted California Sportswriter of the Year fourteen times. Ostler has covered major sports all over the world, and his writing has been published in national publications from Sports Illustrated to Parenting. Scott is the author of five nonfiction books for adults; Bouncing Back is his debut novel.