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Fiction Ages 8-11
Pages: 176
Themes: basketball, friendship
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: 01/09/2002
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Nick, Kia and their Mississauga Magic teammates are on the road, heading off to an elite hoop tournament in the Midwest. Feeling outmatched by many of the high profile teams, the kids are still looking forward to a good time. However, Coach Barkley, who played college ball in the area and is still regarded as a hero, has other ideas. As usual, nothing but winning will be good enough for Coach.

As the tournament progresses, the Magic players learn to believe in themselves and come to realize that they can hold their own against the opposing teams. And then, just as the team seems to have a shot at making the finals, the eligibility of one of their players is questioned and they face disqualification. Will the team spirit the road trip has instilled be strong enough to get the kids over this hurdle?

Road Trip is the fifth of ten books in the Nick and Kia basketball series.
Book one is Three on Three.
Book two is Full Court Press.
Book three is Hoop Crazy.
Book four is Long Shot.
Book six is Off Season.
Book seven is Underdog.
Book eight is Triple Threat.
Book nine is Boot Camp.
Book ten is Home Team.

Resource Links - December 1, 2002
"The reading is easy and fast paced and basketball fans will love the excitement of the competition."
CM Magazine - December 14, 2001
"Walters captures humourous situations very well...The dialogue is witty and adds to the delight of the story."

Awards

CCBC Our Choice  | 2003 | Commended
Red Cedar nominee  | 2005 | Short-listed

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