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Fiction Ages 12+
Pages: 145
Themes: basketball, friendship, bullying, racism, parental alcoholism, American Indian, Cherokee, Cochtaw
Publisher: Book Publishing Company
Pub Date: 15/Jan/2021
Fry Reading Level: 4.0
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Everything is looking great for Bobby Byington and his best friend Cherokee Johnny as their high school basketball team prepares for an important game. But just when things seem to be going really well, someone tries to take the life of Cherokee Johnny’s father.

Bobby is determined to help his friend’s family but feels useless until he gets some ingenious ideas that can aid the police. When the night of the big game arrives, Johnny and his family are allowed out of hiding so he can play. The action on the court provides a riveting backdrop for this suspense-filled adventure.

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