Nick and Kia get excited when their school gym teacher announces a three-on-three basketball tournament. The two most dedicated players in grade three, they know they'll be tough to beat. But when Nick finds out they'll be up against teams in grade four and five, he is ready to throw in the towel before they start. How can shrimps like them ever hope to beat the older kids? Kia, however, is undaunted. They need a third player for their team anyway, she reasons, so why not go after the best player in the school? Marcus is bigger, tougher and in grade five. But it's not as easy as Kia thinks to convince Marcus to join their team. And there's no guarantee the older boy won't change his mind before the tournament begins. Nick realizes it's going to take more than skill at basketball to win this tournament and make friends with Marcus without becoming targets for the older kids off the court.
Eric Walters is the writer of a growing list of popular titles for young adult and reluctant readers, and he is a favorite visitor of school classes all over the country. In this, his first title for younger readers, Eric draws on his years of experience as a basketball coach.