Book: Toby Wheeler: Eighth Grade Benchwarmer

Author: Thatcher Heldring

Rating: 4.5/5

Toby Wheeler: Eighth Grade Benchwarmer-Thatcher Heldring

This book is about a boy named Toby Wheeler. Toby is always playing a modified game of basketball at the local rec center with his best friend JJ who lives just next door. One day while toby and JJ were playing a game, JJ’s dad was standing by the exit with a man in the corner of the rec center. JJ had always been the star basketball player which never really seemed to bother Toby before. That mysterious man standing in the corner turns out to be the new basketball team coach at Toby and JJ’s high school. He tells Toby that he has potential and that he should tryout. Toby doesn't know that the new coach Mr. Applewhite wants him on the team as a bench warmer and not as much of a player that he thought he would be. Toby doesn't have a clue of what to do. He tries to talk to JJ but these days he isn't as a great a friend as you imagined.


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Social/Historical context:

If you really love someone don't let anyone especially their parents get in the way. I would say that this book is set in the current time because I can kind of relate to what they do. I have definitely learned a lot more about basketball but I have also learned about problem solving.


Writing Style:

Thatcher Heldring must really love basketball because almost everything was attached to it. From hanging with his teammates to dating the coaches daughter. This book is in first person and is told by Toby Wheeler.


My Thoughts:

To be truthful, the reason I read this book was because they were out of all of the other books I wanted to read on our summer reading list at the closest Chapters to my house. But then I realized I hadn't read what this one was about, within seconds of finishing reading what it was and it sounding decent enough I was on a desperate hunt for it. Unfortunately, Chapters didn't have this book either but after more research I got it on my Kobo because I thought, why not branch out and read something different. I made the right decision. Not only was this book a little bit of an unexpected love story it made me laugh out loud to the point where people would start to stare.


Book Reviewed By Fortune Aknin

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