Kid’s chapter books: Heart

When I write kid’s chapter books, I love to encourage readers to try their best because that’s more important than winning. Nobody wins all the time, and it’s important to learn sportsmanship in the process. Let me introduce you to Amber Lee, a little person with a big heart. She’s a middle school student who had a big dream. She wanted to play basketball! The amazing thing is, despite her size, she’s an outstanding player. Here are some of her coaches comments:

“She’s definitely a big part of why we’re undefeated,” said coach Tom Cottiero. “The girls play harder just by watching her play. It’s incredible. To overcome her height, she’s so determined, and she has such a passion for this sport.” The coach said he got emails from Amber nearly every day during the Summer. She reminded him she really wanted to be on the team. She asked, “What can I do to be better.?”

What did Amber’s parents think when she asked about trying out for the girl’s basketball team? “She said, ‘Dad, I really want to play’, and I’m like, you know, you really want to think about this,” Darrin said. “But she said yeah, whether I play or not, I want to be part of the team.” Her mom, Amy, said  “Great, go out there and do it, and see how far it takes you.”

Don’t get the feeling that very few girls tried out for the team because that would be far from true. There were eighty girls who auditioned and Amber was one of the eighteen who made the team. The other girls on the team say that Amber’s determination makes them play even hard than they would normally.

Amber is thinking about trying out for the basketball team next year in high school. “It doesn’t matter what size you are as long as you encourage yourself to try,” she said.

Many of my kid’s chapter books encourage setting goals and following your dreams. Tails of Sweetbrier is the true story of my own journey from a handicapped child to a horseback riding champion. Charlie the Horse is a fictional story about Charlie’s dream to become a racehorse. All of my kid’s chapter books promote good character and positive messages. If you read them, I hope you enjoy them.

copyright 2015 Deanie Humphrys-Dunne



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  1. Sharon Himsl says:

    Amber’s story is inspiring, and it sounds like her parents are doing a great job to encourage her. It gives me hope for this generation 🙂

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