Goof-off GoalieBook - 2009
Henry and his four friends on Rockford Road are an unbeatable basketball team--on their driveway court. But without team T-shirts or an official name, can they take on the Tigers, a team that plays at the huge YWCA and has a player old enough to shave? Henry feels sure he can lead his friends to victory, but is he really a team player? Or is he a ball hog?
There's nothing Goose wants more than to play goalie for his soccer team. It looks like so much fun--and so easy!--on TV. But can he quit daydreaming long enough to stop the ball? With Henry's training, Goose is sure he can go from goof-off to goalie in no time. Just as Goose starts to improve, Henry gets grounded because his grades are slipping. Will Goose help Henry in return? Or is being a goalie more important than friendship?
Basketball Bats and Goof-Off Goalie are both 2009 Bank Street - Best Children's Books of the Year.