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published: Feb 2012
publisher: James Lorimer & Company Ltd., Publishers
imprint: Lorimer

Slam Dunk

by Steven Barwin & Gabriel David Tick


Mason's basketball team, the Cabbagetown Raptors, is going co-ed after seven successful seasons. He's pretty open-minded about the change, especially after he meets Cindy, a really top-notch player. The other guys aren't so sure.
Before long everyone has taken sides, and the Raptors' chances of making the national finals seem to fade into oblivion. When Mason's growing friendship with Cindy goes sour, however, he takes it upon himself to make things better, both with Cindy and the team.
Fast-paced and action-packed, Slam Dunk explores issues that arise when boys and girls play together on mixed teams. [Fry Reading Level - 4.2

About the Authors
Steven Barwin leads a double life as a writer and a teacher. He is the author of a number of sport-themed books, including Orca Sports titles Hardball and Hurricane Heat. He has also written for numerous television shows and contributed to the creation of the NASCAR and World Wrestling DVD board games. Steven lives in Toronto with his family. For more information, visit

GABRIEL DAVID TICK is a television writer. With Steven Barwin, they have written for such shows as John Woo's television series Once a Thief; The Royal Canadian Air Farce; and Street Cents.
Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
9 to 13
4 to 8
Reading age:
7 to 10
  • Winner, Canadian Children's Book Centre Our Choice Selection
Editorial Reviews

Reluctant readers, sports fans and general readers would enjoy Slam Dunk, is part of Lorimer's Sport Stories series. The language and plot would be suitable for the intended readers.

Slam Dunk would be a good read-aloud choice and suitable for school, public and personal libraries.

— CM: Canadian Review of Materials

"Quick reads, Slam Dunk [and Hockey Heroes will appeal to reluctant readers. Recommended."

— Canadian Book Review Annual

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