The Hoopstar
by Chavon D. White

"Being a good basketball player is good, but having good grades is just as important."

Brylane is a talented basketball player, and even though she is only 12 years old, she has the skills that will take her all the way to becoming a professional. When a college recruiter reminds her that not only basketball talents matter but also good grades and a positive attitude on and off the court, Brylane is a little worried. Brylane was diagnosed with dyslexia a few years earlier, which makes schoolwork more challenging. However, with the support of her family and special classes, she is able to succeed at her goals.

The book is formatted with a large, colorful illustration on each two-page spread, facing a page with the text. The book is shown, and not only told, to readers through these images. The use of so many pictures makes this book appeal to a wide range of readers and makes it a valuable resource for children who are dealing with a diagnosis and worrying about how they will achieve their own goals. With ultimately encouraging messages, a solid storyline, and lovely images, picking up this book for any young readers who find themselves encountering unexpected roadblocks is highly recommended.

Showing not only the challenges but also the helpfulness of resources is great for younger readers. Adding onto that, the list of other professional basketball players who have dyslexia helps to destigmatize the diagnosis. Brylane’s story is easily understandable and presents not only the problems but also the methods leading to success. This is a powerful book about overcoming the odds, destigmatizing dyslexia, and reaching for your goals.

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