The Hoop Kid from Elmdale Park

The Hoop Kid from Elmdale Park


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All Bernard wanted to do while staying with his grandparents in his father's childhood hometown of Elmdale for the summer was work on his basketball skills. When Bernard excitedly enters a team into the Annual Elmdale Park Basketball Tournament, he's shocked to discover that the future of the Park is at stake and dependent on 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.

Can the courageous Bernard and his fun and wacky crew defeat their Oakdale rivals and save the historic Park?

A fun, upbeat story, with realistic characters, and 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780986059308
Publisher: Elmdale Park Books
Publication date: 11/26/2013
Pages: 114
Product dimensions: 5.83(w) x 8.27(h) x 0.24(d)
Age Range: 7 - 10 Years

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The Hoop Kid from Elmdale Park 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
VonnieR More than 1 year ago
Sports books are very popular with boys yet you don't see many sports fiction in the literature world. This book was a joy to see since it was about basketball. It was also great to learn that this was a delightful and entertaining children's book. The story was fun. I liked how it was a mixture of realistic fiction with fantasy/science fiction. The story centered Bernard on how he was trying to gather a basketball team to finally win a game for Elmdale Park. Everything that happened in the story could be very relatable except for the basketball. That's when it became fantasy. It was still very fun to see how the basketball became a big character in the story. The character of Bernard was inspiring. I think many boys would be able to relate to him. Not only did he love basketball but he loved his father. He showed strength and courage throughout the story. Though Bernard was upset with his father, he was still able to get past his anger and show how much he cared for him by trying to make his father's plans a reality. This kind of character is someone many boys should get to read. This was a very entertaining read. The illustrations in the book were eye catching and made the story come to life. My only complain about the book was that towards the ending it felt a little rushed. I would have liked to have read how the boys got trained with the basketball. Other than that, I liked the rest of the book. I especially loved how an antagonist showed a slight change at the end. Overall, I find this book to be great for children especially young boys.
MyBookAddictionandMore More than 1 year ago
THE HOOP KID FROM ELMDALE PARK created by Teko Bernard is an entertaining and delightful Children's Book for Middle Schoolers ages 8-12. What an inspiration Bernard Jones is to us all. The only thing he ever wanted to do was work on his basketball skills, while visiting with his grandparents in his father's hometown of Elmdale. What he finds is so much more...... He enters the Annual Elmdale Park Basketball Tournament,than learns the Elmdale Park is to be shut down by millionaire, Victor Franco and turned into what else a city dump,if his team does not win this year..... Filled with exciting graphics,a wacky crew of Basketball players and yes its rivals and the historic Elmdale Park. What a fun way for Middle Schoolers to learn bravery, community support and sports. There is more to sportsmanship than just playing and winning the game. Brilliantly written, with fun illustrations. A must for not only Middle Schoolers but for children of all ages, including us Seniors. I loved this story, Bernard's bravery,integrity and determination to pull a team together and make a difference. The family dynamics is awesome as well as the community support. It takes all types to be a Warrior, which Bernard proves. What an entertaining story, from the comic book characters to Basketball to the storyline, readers will be thrilled to read this story. I would highly recommend "The Loop Kid". Bernard is a true role model for youngsters in today's world. What's next for the Loop Kid? I hope we will read more of Bernard, and Elmdale Park. What a job well done! Received for an honest review from the publisher and/or publicist. RATING: 4.5 HEAT RATING: NONE REVIEWED BY: AprilR, Courtesy of My Book Addiction and More
CanadaInker4 More than 1 year ago
Bernard Jones has the opportunity to spend the summer with his grandparents in Elmdale, a town where his dad has grown up as a boy.  His expectations are to work hard on his basketball skills and  to become much more adept at the game.  His personal plans are foiled however, when he discovers his basketball skills are required for an even higher calling than just playing the game with more skill and agility.  He finds himself engulfed in an old town feud that has been brewing for the last 20 years.  Bernard organizes a local team to play in the Annual Elmdale Park Basketball Tournament and the stakes couldn't be higher for them to win.  You see Victor Franco, a despicable, ruthless millionaire has a plan in place to terminate the annual event and take the local park and turn it into a landfill site so he can fill his pockets with the profits.  The only thing that can stop this dastardly scheme is if Bernard's team wins the tournament .... but hey no pressure! Can he do it? 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. The author sums it up nicely, " Kids will enjoy reading this book."  "We've combined the excitement of basketball with the fun of cartoons and applied it to a modern day David and Goliath story."