Digging Deep

Hoops

Book 4
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Ages 9-12
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From WNBA MVP, Olympic gold medalist, and global ambassador to the Special Olympics Elena Delle Donne comes the fourth novel in a middle grade series with as much heart as there is game.

Elle is still reeling from her BIG decision but is also amazed at all the free time she has without basketball. With so much time to fill, she can figure out what she really likes doing—and maybe finding ways to spend more time with Amanda.

But when she keeps being drawn back to the gym, could her big decision have been a big mistake?
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About the author

Elena Delle Donne has been a professional women’s basketball player since 2013, when she was selected by the Chicago Sky second overall in the WNBA draft. She was the 2015 WNBA MVP and won the gold medal with the USA’s women’s basketball team in the 2016 Olympics. She is the global ambassador for the Special Olympics and became the first national ambassador for the Lyme Research Alliance. Elena also plays host to De11e Donne Academy, a basketball camp that runs throughout the year, where she mentors and coaches girls ages seven to eighteen. She now plays for the Washington, DC, Mystics.

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Publisher
Simon and Schuster
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Published on
Jun 25, 2019
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Pages
144
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ISBN
9781534441262
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Language
English
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Genres
Juvenile Fiction / Girls & Women
Juvenile Fiction / Social Themes / Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance
Juvenile Fiction / Sports & Recreation / Basketball
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