Twelve-year-old Danny Walker is an average kid who loves basketball. Despite his small stature he hopes to someday play on the same travel team as his dad, Richie Walker, who led the team to the national championship when he was Danny's age.
Danny's hopes are dashed, however, when he is deemed "too small" to play on the travel team by his dad's childhood adversary, Mr. Ross, who seems to want a winning team based mostly on physical strength rather than wit. Danny tries not to let this unfortunate event bother him, but it's difficult for him to forget when he has seemingly waited his entire life to prove --- to his dad and to himself --- that he is just as good, if not better, at playing basketball than the other kids in Middletown. His mom Ali, along with friends Will and Tess, try to cheer him up, but Danny would rather be on the travel team than play basketball anywhere else.
Then his dad comes up with a great idea --- Danny can have his own travel team! Danny is at first a little skeptical that his dad can coach a seventh-grade travel team, especially since he has had trouble keeping jobs due to a near-fatal car accident that left him unable to play pro basketball again. Richie, however, is determined to prove that he can help his son fulfill his goal and fight his own inner demons. There's also the problem of finding enough talented players, but with the help of Danny's friends they are able to do just that. Most of all though is the much-needed strength to endure all the obstacles that seem to be keeping them from their ultimate goal --- winning the state championship.
TRAVEL TEAM is a great story about achieving your goals, regardless of the seemingly large obstacles that may be in your way. Sports fans, athletes, and readers of all ages will enjoy this realistic, inspirational novel.
Reviewed by Sarah Sawtelle on October 25, 2004
- Publication Date: October 25, 2004
- Genres: Fiction
- Hardcover: 288 pages
- Publisher: Philomel
- ISBN-10: 0399241507
- ISBN-13: 9780399241505