The Bounce series features senior high-school basketball players at the top of their game. Each title stands alone with different teams and events. The protagonists grapple with challenges on and off the court including a school cheating scandal, suicide, inner-city life, poverty and racial tensions. Dealing with personal issues push these athletes to the brink of quitting the sport they love.
To The Point: Randy prides himself on being all a team captain should be. He expects a lot from himself and from his teammates. But his high standards are challenged when he discovers some players are cheating in school.
On Guard: Point guard Mercedes Morgan is on track to set the all-state record for three-pointers. She’s even caught the attention of a big-time college recruiter. But her sister has fallen in with a gang from the old neighborhood, and a drive-by shooting lands her in a coma.
Pass it Forward: Lucas has big dreams of getting a basketball scholarship and helping his mom out of poverty. When a growth spurt helps Lucas become a force on the court, his dreams finally seem within reach. But Lucas’s brother tries to steer him toward a very different path.
At the Center: Cody’s basketball team, The Rebels, has an almost perfect record, thanks to the skills of his best friend Jayson “Dominator” Davis. Jayson is new to the team and to the nearly all-white high school. Tension between the coach and Jayson has simmered since he transferred from the inner city.
The Bounce books provide short, easy read, real life stories about personal decision making, responsibility, friendship and family around a central theme of basketball. “See inside” each title for the blurbs and an indication of language level and story complexity.