Selling Points: "Humor, basketball, democracy"
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: Mar/01/2006
Lexile Level: HL610L
Fry Reading Level: 3.5
Fiction Ages 10-14
Our school teams always lost. It didn't matter what sport—basketball, soccer, baseball, volleyball or hockey —we sucked at them all. I'd been on all our school teams every year since grade six and we'd never had a winning team. Forget winning team, we'd hardly ever had a win.
Sam Campbell's school team, the Laggan Lairds, always loses. When someone suggests that their name be the Laggan Lard Butts, Sam thinks the team should change its name. What is a Laird anyway? The basketball coach agrees, and soon the whole school is involved in an election for a new team name. Sam and his friends nominate the name Lard Butts. When the basketball team starts winning games after a warm-up cheer of "Go Lard Butts!" it seems the Lard Butt campaign might actually win the election.
VOYA - August 1, 2006
"An excellent book to put in the hands of a reluctant male reader."
CM Magazine - June 23, 2006
"Eric Walters' characterizations are excellent...This is a story I hope will be read by more than just its target audience."
PSLA Top Forty, commended
CCBC Our Choice, commended
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