Book spotlight ~ STAR OF THE TEAM by Beverly Stowe McClure

star of the teamSTAR OF THE TEAM

MG contemporary


A girl.

A dream.

An accident.

A dream shattered.

Eleven-year-old Kate Taylor dreams of being the star of her basketball team, Angels. When Kate’s tooth is knocked out at one of the games and her mother, who is also her coach, says she can’t play until the tooth the dentist replants heals, Kate’s dreams are in jeopardy. Add Emily, the new girl at school who claims she’s the best, and Kate faces a challenge to prove that she is the star.

Will Kate succeed? Or will Emily ruin Kate’s plans?


My Review:

A great read at any age!

I loved this book. The characters are well developed, the action in the basketball scenes is authentic and the plot is strong. Shattered dreams, pre-teen angst and jealousy are portrayed in a way that the reader is pulled deeper into the story.

As an adult, I found the book short but for the middle grade audience it’s targeted, the length is perfect. Perhaps this could be the beginning of a series that follows Kate, Emily and the others through school, sports and beyond.

I can’t wait to read more of Beverly’s work.




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star of the teamAbout Beverly:

Most of the time, you’ll find Beverly in front of her computer, writing the stories little voices whisper in her ear. When she’s not writing, she takes long walks and snaps pictures of clouds, wild flowers, birds and deer. To some of her friends, she is affectionately known as the “Bug Lady” because she rescues butterflies, moths, walking sticks, and praying mantis from her cats.

For twenty-two years Beverly taught children in grades two through five how to read and write. They taught her patience. Now, she teaches a women’s Sunday school class at her church. To relax she plays the piano. Her cats don’t appreciate good music and run and hide when she tickles the ivories.

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9 thoughts on “Book spotlight ~ STAR OF THE TEAM by Beverly Stowe McClure”

  1. Star of the Team is great for middle grade readers. I, too, enjoyed it, even through I left junior high/middle school almost a century ago (well, maybe not a century).

  2. Thank you for spotlighting Kate and her friends today, Melanie, and for your wonderful review. We’re so happy you enjoyed the story.

    It’s been a few years since I was in middle school too, Vivian. 🙂

  3. I’m thrilled that you liked my review, Beverly. It was my pleasure to host you, Kate and her friends today here at Celtic Connexions. 🙂

  4. Good for you, Melanie. I don’t have an athletic bone in my body, but one of my granddaughters was really good in all the sports. She’s the inspiration for this story.

  5. :-0 This is getting too freaky, Beverly. I was in the school band (never did a lot of marching) but during my days of highland dancing marched in many parades. Did the majorette lessons, too (one, two, three kick – one, two, three pose).

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