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“In Maura Stokes’ debut novel, a gift is bestowed in the tender way that her hero Sam learns to muck her way through the most heartbreaking and inexplicable loss of her young life. This is a story, not only of the redeeming power of sports and teammates, but of the embracing power of love. Yes, it’s a gift.”

Kathi Applet, New York Times Bestselling author of the Underneath, National Book Award finalist and Newbery Honor winner

"A great friendship story. A fine basketball story. A deep story of loss. What a fresh and authentic voice we have in Maura Ellen Stokes!"

Marion Dane Bauer, author of On My Honor, a Newbery Honor book

"This story of grief rings true at every juncture…A slam dunk of a debut.”

—Booklist, Starred Review

Cover art by Ileana Soon.


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