Matt Tavares joins us to introduce his debut graphic novel, HOOPS, inspired by the true story of Judi Warren and her 1976 state champion-winning teammates from Indiana. It's an inspiring and heartwarming story about a group of committed girls and their resourceful art teacher/basketball coach. Matt will talk about his inspiration for HOOPS, answer questions and sign books.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
A work of fiction inspired by a true story, Matt Tavares’s debut graphic novel dramatizes the historic struggle for gender equality in high school sports.
It is 1975 in Indiana, and the Wilkins Regional High School girls’ basketball team is in their rookie season. Despite being undefeated, they practice at night in the elementary school and play to empty bleachers. Unlike the boys’ team, the Lady Bears have no buses to deliver them to away games and no uniforms, much less a laundry service. They make their own uniforms out of T-shirts and electrical tape. And with help from a committed female coach, they push through to improbable victory after improbable victory. Illustrated in full color, this story about the ongoing battle of women striving for equality in sports rings with honesty, bravery, and heart.
ABOUT THE CREATOR:
Matt Tavares is the author-illustrator of the New York Times best-selling picture book Dasher, as well as Red and Lulu and several sports biographies, including Becoming Babe Ruth and Growing Up Pedro. He is also the illustrator of Twenty-One Steps: Guarding the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier by Jeff Gottesfeld, The Gingerbread Pirates by Kristin Kladstrup, 'Twas The Night Before Christmas, and Over the River and Through the Wood, among many other picture books. Matt Tavares lives in Maine.