PREORDER - THE HOOP CON
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YOU CAN’T WIN IF YOU DON’T PLAY
Raam Patel is eager to prove himself ever since he didn’t make the middle school’s basketball team. So, when Hoop Con comes to town he is determined to be there and take his shot. His big moment proves to be unforgettable… but not in the way he’d hoped. Raam gets schooled by the camp’s golden boy right in front of his NBA idol. To make matters even worse, this fail goes viral.
Cover art by: Berat Pekmezci
I’m a multiple Emmy-winning writer and producer who has written for ESPN.com, NFL.com, The Wall Street Journal, The Orlando Sentinel, Sports Illustrated for Kids, Slam Magazine, and The Washington Post, including my viral essay on growing up as the son of the real Apu.
My middle-grade contemporary basketball trilogy THE HOOP CON (Play the Game #1) (Scholastic Press) is out February, 6 2024. And my graphic novel memoir WISH I WAS A BALLER (Scholastic/Graphix) debuts in 2025.
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