Wednesday, November 13, 2013

...keeping you in the loop with "The Hoop Kid From Elmdale Park"

Quote of the Day:  

"What is the use of a book, thought Alice, without pictures or conversations."
                     ~Lewis Carroll

Title:  The Hoop Kid From Elmdale Park
Created by:  Teko Bernard

I love the mission of the Elmdale Park (TM) Book:  Our mission is to entertain, educate and encourage kids.  We want to give them access to books about the sports and activities that they love.  We deal with a variety of themes including: courage, friendship, sportsmanship and teamwork to name a few.  Elmdale Park Books reach out to a broad spectrum of kids from all backgrounds and experiences and cover a wide variety of stories, subjects and activities.

Teko Bernard is proud to present his debut novel, written to delight and challenge middle schoolers, ages 8 -13.  "Kids will enjoy reading this book," he said. "We've combined the excitement of basketball with the fun of cartoons and applied it to a modern day David and Goliath story."

Bernard Jones has the opportunity to spend the summer with his grandparents in Elmdale, a town where his dad has grown up as a boy.  His expectations are to work hard on his basketball skills and  to become much more adept at the game.  His personal plans are foiled however, when he discovers his basketball skills are required for an even higher calling than just playing the game with more skill and agility.  He finds himself engulfed in an old town feud that has been brewing for the last 20 years.  Bernard organizes a local team to play in the Annual Elmdale Park Basketball Tournament and the stakes couldn't be higher for them to win.  You see Victor Franco, a despicable, ruthless millionaire has a plan in place to terminate the annual event and take the local park and turn it into a landfill site so he can fill his pockets with the profits.  The only thing that can stop this dastardly scheme is if Bernard's team wins the tournament .... but hey no pressure! Can he do it?

The book includes illustrations of comic book characters that bring the text to life.  I loved the "family" aspect of the story.  The binding together of all the generations to fight for a worthy cause for the future of their town. Bernard Jones is a true-to-life role model for kids from everywhere.

The author sums it up nicely, " Kids will enjoy reading this book."  "We've combined the excitement of basketball with the fun of cartoons and applied it to a modern day David and Goliath story."

 About the author:

For over a decade Teko Bernard worked as a creative director and graphic designer in the sports industry where he developed brand identities, marketing communications and apparel graphics for nationally recognized brands like ESPN and X Games. After an exciting career in the sports industry, Teko set out to pursue his dream of creating Elmdale Park, a kid’s entertainment brand that produces middle grade books & activewear. The Hoop Kid from Elmdale Park is the first book from the brand. Teko lives and operates the company from Overland Park, KS, where he collaborates with a team of seasoned writers, illustrators, editors and designers who all share the same passion for children’s books, cartoons, and sports. 

                             Book Review Rating:  8  (Fantastic!)

Read on and read always!  Have a great day.

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