Matt Tavares will be visiting Overlook Elementary School on March 21 with Hoops
Matt Tavares will be making a visit to Overlook Elementary School on March 21 with Hoops
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About Matt Tavares
Matt Tavares is the author-illustrator of numerous acclaimed picture books, including Becoming Babe Ruth, Growing Up Pedro, and other sports biographies, and is the illustrator of Twenty-One Steps: Guarding the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier by Jeff Gottesfeld, among many other titles. His books have been named ALA Notable books, won Parents’ Choice Gold Awards, and been chosen for the Society of Illustrators’ Original Art exhibit. His artwork has been exhibited at the Brandywine River Museum, the Eric Carle Museum, and the Mazza Museum. HOOPS is Matt’s first graphic novel and a story dear to his heart as the father of two sports-loving girls.
It’s 1976 and on Friday nights in Wilkins, Indiana, it seems like everyone in town shows up to cheer on the boys’ basketball team. Cars fill the parking lot and fans pack the gymnasium for every home game.
Most people don’t know it, but Wilkins actually has more than one basketball team. And what the newly formed girls’ team lacks in resources they more than make up for with grit and ball skill. But teammates Judi, Cindy, and Lisa aren’t satisfied with being treated as an afterthought to the boys. They want equal access to the gym for practices and games, as well as uniforms, transportation to away games, and everything else the boys get.
What will it take for the girls’ team to be recognized by their community–winning games, packing arenas, bringing home a state championship?
Matt Tavares, inspired by a real-life team, has crafted a story of heart and determination for a new generation of readers, athletes and sports activists.