Description: The story centers around the small yet courageous Bernard Jones, an eighth grade basketball fanatic, who goes to stay with his grandparents in Elmdale for the summer. While he is there, he forms a basketball team with his new friends, to take on the local bullies in the annual Elmdale Park basketball tournament, which Elmdale hasn't won in 20 years. The stakes are high because this year the future of the historic Park depends on Bernard and his team winning the whole thing. The ruthless millionaire, Victor Franco, wants the Park shut down and turned into a city dump for his own personal gain. There are some zany twists and turns along the way, including a talking basketball!
Reviews: This was such an enjoyable read! I love the nice, upbeat story, the realistic characters, and the fantastic humor (particularly with G5000’s antics). Bernard is such a relatable character, and he’s a great true-to-life role model. Readers are sure to appreciate the basketball lingo, his love of the game, and his determination to fight the good fight. - Angelle Pilkington
The book includes illustrations of comic book characters that bring the text to life. I loved the "family" aspect of the story. The binding together of all the generations to fight for a worthy cause for the future of their town. Bernard Jones is a true-to-life role model for kids from everywhere. - Story Wraps
Teko Bernard has created a wonderfully diverse cast of characters, both young and old. Our young hero Bernard is a super likable, relatable, and plucky guy who isn’t obnoxiously perfect or too flawed. He’s someone young readers will believe in and want to be friends with. I like that there’s also a female character that is not only smart and funny, but also athletic. The most unusual and interesting character isn’t human at all, but a talking, thinking, coaching basketball! - Word Spelunking
A fun fast-paced read that provides a great cast of characters who each have a different quirk and skill-set. This was a nice combination of fantasy and reality and I loved the characterization of Bernard's coach. The actions of one of Bernard's biggest rivals was a little surprising but the excitement of a hard-fought basketball game and the importance of strategy and determination is delightfully conveyed. Hopefully there will be more of these entertaining stories. -The Reading Addict
This is a fun story, especially for boys. It’s well paced, keeping the interest of even sluggish readers, and offers a topic that will make a sport lover’s heart beat faster. -Dr. S. Drecker, Bookworm for Kids
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