Slam Dunk
by Matt Christopher

Julian Pryce is looking forward to playing basketball for the Tornadoes this year. Last season, the team went undefeated, with Julian as the star center. But to his shock and disappointment, the other boys who made the team great the previous year aren’t at the first practice. Instead, Julian finds himself surrounded by newcomers and kids who rode the bench last year. There’s no way the team will be as good as it once was-and Julian discovers that he doesn’t like the pressure of being the sole remaining star, the player others look to to lead the team to victory. . . Will he be able to reconcile himself to this role or will he decide to take the easy way out?