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Friday, March 26, 2010

Court of Honor by Paula Blais Gorgas

Court of Honor by Paula Blais Gorgas
Publisher Dragonfly Pubs
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (138 pgs)
Age Recommendation: 12+
Rating: 4.5 Suns
Reviewed by Snapdragon

Sixteen-year-old Becky Walden has two big dreams: to become an all-state basketball player and to find a special boy to love. When she moves to a new high school, she meets Matt McRae. He shares her love of basketball, but is reluctant to fight the small town politics that has reached into the high school and tainted their sport. Can Becky lead her teammates to stand up for what's right? Will Matt fight with her or against her?

Court of Honor, by Paula Blais Gorgas features basketball, but as far more than a game. Gorgas’ Heroine, Becky, is the athletic sort but she’s been abruptly transplanted in a new school, and might well miss her moment to shine.

She does notice handsome Matt; he’s the gentle sort of guy that you just have to like. He kids around with his little brother and is nice to the new girl… and we realize he’s not as self-assured as he at first appears. He definitely doubts his ability to interact with the tall, pretty new girl… and is put off by her less than encouraging behavior at times.

Making new friends, and new enemies for that matter, is always a challenge, and makes for interesting reading. There really isn’t any one lagging moment in ‘Court of Honor,’ and even if you think you can predict the relationship between Becky and Matt, you really can’t predict much else. Their feelings are so genuinely shared, and so honestly awkward at times, it is very easy to see how challenged a relationship between them might be.

Their common ground is basketball, because Becky can really play. She hopes she is on her way to All-State for her new high school… if she can pull it off. Because, when it comes right down to it, her heart most definitely is in the right place. The game, the school, heck even the puppies are too perfect.

Readers don’t have to be a sports fan to enjoy this story: its all about Becky’s challenges and choices . Her devotion to the game, anticipation of the action, and interplay with the team all will transport the reader there in a completely exciting and believable way.

Court of Honor was an unexpectedly engaging story!

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