Elle of the Ball (Hoops #1) (Paperback)

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I think you should read Elle of the Ball (Hoops #1) because it's about Elle, who is 6 feet tall and in 7th grade. She plays basketball. Her coach changes things up and Elle does not like it. Elle also has to dance with a boy who is smaller than her. When she learns the moves for the dance she thinks they are difficult. I would rate this book 5 stars. 

— Jaidyn, Carson Elementary, Denver, CO

I really like this book because Elle, the main character, goes through a lot of discussing problems with her mom and best friend. In this book, Elle joins the basketball team. She also has to join a dance and she also can't remember how to do some steps. Read the book to see what happens.

— Kaia, Carson Elementary, 3rd grader


From 2015 WNBA MVP, 2016 Olympic gold medalist, and global ambassador to the Special Olympics Elena Delle Donne comes the first novel in a brand-new middle grade series with as much heart as there is game.

Elle Deluca is a seventh grader who is tall—not just sort of tall. She’s six feet tall. And for a twelve-year-old girl, this means that her basketball team has high hopes for her changing positions and becoming their starting center. But a new position is not the only footwork she has to learn. Her class’s dance unit in gym is coming up, and that means she has to learn ballroom dance steps with a boy much shorter than her—and perform publically for a grade.

In the first book in WNBA MVP and Olympic gold medalist Elena Delle Donne’s Hoops series, Elle must figure out a way to remain herself when others want her to be someone else.

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.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781534412323
ISBN-10: 1534412328
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: March 12th, 2019
Pages: 176
Language: English
Series: Hoops