On Point (Zayd Saleem, Chasing the Dream #2) (Paperback)

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By Hena Khan, Sally Wern Comport (Illustrator)
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On Point is a realistic fiction novel about a kid named Zayd who is having lots of problems. He has problems with his friend Adam who quits the basketball team and the team starts losing a lot. He is also having problems with his uncle who is focusing on his wedding instead of Zayd. I liked the book but there wish there was more about the basketball team.

— Landon, Pagemasters Club at Lawrence Elementary in Arvada, CO

On Point is a realistic fiction book about a kid named Zayd who is having tons of problems. His best friend Adam quits the basketball team. His uncle starts ignoring him because he is focusing on his wedding. To make it worse, his basketball team keeps losing games and it's very discouraging. Me? I really like basketball, so this book really appealed to me (but I think the author should focus more on the basketball team).

— Tre, Pagemasters Club at Lawrence Elementary in Arvada, CO

Zayd Saleem likes playing basketball, but his team is struggling this year. Zayd has to step up and work hard for victory because the coach put him on the head position of point guard. I liked this book because it has an unexpected ending. There are also different events happening, such as school, a wedding, family problems, and all are connected to basketball.


— Benji A., 4th grader at Red Rocks Elementary

Zayd wanted to be the leader of the team in basketball. One day his dream came true. He became a point guard. His friend on the team, Adam, started liking football better, though, started playing with his other friends. Zayd wasn't very good at his sport, but Adam told him to keep trying hard. At the end he feels good about trying his best. I would give it a 10 out of 10 because it was very realistic.

— Jaden, 3rd grader at Lawrence Elementary in Arvada, CO


From the critically acclaimed author of Amina’s Voice comes the second book in an exciting new middle grade series about a scrawny fourth-grader with big dreams of basketball stardom.

Now that Zayd has made the Gold Team, he’s hustling hard and loving every minute of the season.

But when the team starts to struggle, Zayd can’t help wondering if it has something to do with him. Even worse, his best friend Adam suddenly starts acting like he doesn’t care about basketball anymore, even though they are finally teammates. He stops playing basketball with Zayd at recess and starts hanging out with other kids. Then, Adam up and quits the Gold Team to play football instead.

While his uncle’s wedding preparations turn life into a circus at home, Zayd is left on his own to figure things out. He has to decide how to still be friends with Adam and step up to fill the empty shoes he left on the court. Does Zayd have what it takes to be on point and lead his team back to victory?

About the Author

Hena Khan is a Pakistani American writer. She is the author of the middle grade novels Amina’s Voice, Amina’s Song, and More to the Story and picture books Golden Domes and Silver LanternsUnder My Hijab, and It’s Ramadan, Curious George, among others. Hena lives in her hometown of Rockville, Maryland, with her basketball-loving family. You can learn more about Hena and her books by visiting her website at HenaKhan.com or connecting with her @HenaKhanBooks.

Sally Wern Comport has illustrated numerous picture books and novels, including Love Will See You Through: Martin Luther King Jr.’s Six Guiding Beliefs (as told by his niece)Brave Margaret: An Irish AdventureHanging Off Jefferson’s Nose: Growing Up on Mt. Rushmore; and the Spy Mice series. She has also translated her picture making skills to various large-scale public, private, and institutional artworks. Sally lives with her husband and two daughters in Annapolis, Maryland, where she operates Art at Large Inc. Learn more at ArtAtLargeInc.com.

Praise For…

"With just enough action to keep readers turning the pages and a sprinkle of age-appropriate realizations throughout, this small book is a great pick for elementary-age readers....A delightful follow-up from a writer who understands children, family, and culture."
— Kirkus Reviews

"A great balance between sports action and realistic fiction featuring the everyday life of a boy from a traditional Pakistani
family. Readers will look forward to further adventures featuring Zayd."
— Booklist

Product Details
ISBN: 9781534412019
ISBN-10: 1534412018
Publisher: Salaam Reads / Simon & Schuster Books for You
Publication Date: May 29th, 2018
Pages: 144
Language: English
Series: Zayd Saleem, Chasing the Dream