Mason Dixon: Basketball Disasters

Illustrated by Guy Francis. Ages 7 to 11. Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers. 978-0-375-86875-7

Junior Library Guild Selection

Bank Street College of Education Best Children’s Books of the Year

Mason Dixon survived the school choir. He survived adopting his now-beloved dog. But now he faces his biggest challenge yet: joining the local basketball team. Not by choice, of course. Not only do his parents encourage it, but his dad even volunteers to be his coach. Now, with his best pal Brody and a team of misfits even worse at basketball than him (if that's possible), Mason must try to rally to beat his arch-rival, the school bully Dunk. Just another day-in-the-life of a disaster-prone fourth grader.

Published: 2012

Mason Dixon: Basketball Disasters


Mason encounters believable situations enhanced by a fast-paced third-person narration that effectively captures his grade-school perspective. Non-athletic kids will recognize his concerns and fully sympathize with his plight.

-Kirkus Reviews