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Basketballogy - Supercool Facts You Never Knew


Supercool Facts You Never Knew

Interest Age: 9–12
Grade: 4–7
Reading Level: Common Core Correlations
CCSS.ELA-Literacy Strand-Reading literature: L.5.3,4,4a,4b,5,6

Reading Level: Lexile 920L
Hardcover : 9781554519323, 92 pages, October 2017 , 11.10" x 8.90"
Paperback : 9781554519316, 92 pages, October 2017 , 11.00" x 8.50"


Everything you wanted to know about basketball—and more!

For die-hard basketball fans and casual spectators alike, this collection of fascinating facts about the game will be a welcome addition to their library. From the origins of the game to how much players are paid, and the evolution of the basketball shoe, this book covers a wide range of topics. Among others are how the color barrier was breached, the rise of women’s basketball, and innovations that have made the game accessible to disabled athletes. Lots of humorous, colorful illustrations, charts, and graphs make this ideal for visual learners, while the short chapters encourage browsing.   


  • Commended, Silver Birch Non-fiction Honour Award 2019
  • Joint winner, Best Books for Kids & Teens, *starred selection, Canadian Children’s Book Centre 2018
  • Commended, TD Summer Reading Club, Top 75 Recommended Reads 2020


“Sylvester has researched the interesting to the extreme.”

- Provo Library Children’s Book Reviews, 01/11/18

“Information-packed .” 

- School Library Journal, 10/17

“A slam dunk.” 

- Best Books for Kids and Teens, *starred review, Spring/18

“With appealing artwork, charts, graphs and pages filled with all the basketball information enthusiasts are happy to know, you can not go wrong having this book available to kids who love learning about sports.” 

- Sal’s Fiction Addiction, 05/15/18

“A collection of basketball facts that extend knowledge of the game rather than simply pepper it with curios . . . ‘Supercool’ indeed.”

- Kirkus Reviews, starred review, 09/01/17

“Sylvester knows basketball and writes about it with flair.”

- Booklist, 09/01/17