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Break for the Basket


by Matt Christopher

It was funny how Emmett got on the Penguin basketball team.  He was shooting at the basket in his own back yard when Robin Hood and some of the other Penguins stopped in and took over the basketball.

Before he knew it, and really without wanting to, Emmett found himself playing on the Penguin team.Of course, he was nervous and not sure of himself, and for while it seemed that he was not going to be much help for the team, especially in the playoffs when they needed him the most.  Everyone but Emmett knew that he was good player – his father, Mr. Long the coach and Mr. G., the artist who lived next door and who like Emmett was very shy.  Mr. G. was sure that he could teach Emmett not to be afraid, but to play hard and play the best he could.