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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Imparts lessons about teamwork, empathy, facing your fears.
Each person on a team has a personal history that influences how that person acts. Teammates can help each other by being sensitive to individual needs.
Positive Role Models
Through magic and exercise, Rolabi Wizenard teaches the Badgers about self-respect, perseverance, empathy, and compassion. The players learn how to help each other while developing their own skills.
Violence & Scariness
A couple of teammates get caught up in a pushing match.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Wizenard Series: Training Camp is the first volume of a fantasy series created by Kobe Bryant and written by Wesley King. It presents two weeks of supernatural basketball training camp, with the same scenes viewed from five different points of view. Lessons about courage, compassion, and empathy are delivered through action scenes, proverbs, and conversation. The only violence is some minor on-court pushing. There's no swearing, sex, or substance use.
Is It Any Good?
This awkward combination of sports action and supernatural shenanigans doesn't really reward readers who stick it out for 600 pages. Author Wesley King knows how to construct a suspenseful scene, but when each scene is repeated another four times from different perspectives, some readers might justifiably lose patience. The platitudinous dialogue, the lack of a compelling villain, and the absence of any major female characters don't help, either.
Although the advice dispensed by the mysterious Rolabi makes some worthwhile points, the stilted conversations between the coach and the kids grow tedious. The Wizenard Series: Training Camp ends with no sense of resolution or even expectation. But surely another book is on the way.
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