Boost by Kathy Mackel

Genre:  Realistic Fiction/Sports

# of Pages:  248

RAC Book:  Yes

2011-2012 Iowa Teen Award Winner

Savvy is a very talented basketball player who despite only being 14, makes the under 18 travel team.  She has to prove herself from the beginning, however, because not everyone welcomes her onto the team.  Plus, she is new in town after her family suffered some financial hardships in their hometown and were forced to come stay on their relative’s sheep farm.  Savvy wants to fit in and prove herself more than anything.  Meanwhile, her sister Callie is having a hard time fitting in on the cheerleading squad she so desperately wants to join.  The stress of the move encouraged Callie to put on a bit of extra weight and because of that her career as a “flyer’ could be in jeopardy.  Both of the girls want to “boost” their game, but what will they be willing to do in order to succeed?

Boost follows a family who is making a transition and hoping for the best.  They all want to support each other, but they are all going through difficult challenges as well.  As Savvy and Callie try to find their way in this new town they are faced with challenges and temptations that may or may not be in their best interest.  In the end, they realize they must support each other no matter what because there is nothing more important than family.  A good sports fiction story that fans of Dairy Queen will enjoy.

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4 Responses to “Boost by Kathy Mackel”


  1. 1 payton August 12, 2011 at 4:55 pm

    Best book i ever read!

  2. 2 Hartwell #11 February 4, 2012 at 8:58 pm

    i am 12 years old and i absolutely love this book! this book reminds me of my story… it reminds me of well how do i put this “me”…. besides getting caught with pills that has never happen but we run into the same problems… with coaches and teamamtes and family. its like i was ment to read this book. i am in love with basketball from the very beginning, i played basketball in fourth grade and i was the best on the team i was #1 i was perfect now im playing on a team where i am a 7grader and there are 8 graders and im used to being mean/tough but now im a little sissy becasue i feel like if i make a mistake im gonna get picked on from the other girls well anyways my coach died unexpectedly in 4 grade and i didnt want to play basketball anymore but then i relized that i want to show her i am still the way i was so i decided to play again and i feel like im letteing her down. well i had a game today and we won 37 to 29 and i made 4 points but if i was still mean/tough like i was all those points would’ve been mine :/ I LOVE THIS BOOK I JUST MADE MY MOM BUY IT FOR ME!!! ❤
    #11 basketball player

  3. 3 mallory March 3, 2012 at 5:04 pm

    im in the middle of the book and i absolutly love it! 5 ratings in my book!

  4. 4 Emerald October 3, 2013 at 9:45 pm

    Absolutely amazing book!


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