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Off the Bench

I am thrilled to be hosting a spot on the OFF THE BENCH by Fred Bowen Blog Tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours.

Check out my post and make sure to enter the giveaway! 

About The Book

off the bench by fred bowen


Author: Fred Bowen

Pub. Date: March 28, 2023

Publisher: Peachtree

Formats: Hardcover, Paperback, eBook, audiobook

Pages: 144

Buy it Here: Amazon (blog books)

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Chris wants to be a star scorer like his brother—so why does his coach keep him waiting on the bench?

Chris comes from a sports-loving family. His brother is the star scorer on the high school team, and is being recruited by Division 3 colleges. Chris longs to earn the same adulation, and he’s a good scorer for his junior high team. But why won’t his coach start him? He’s better on defense than his rival, Carlos, and nearly as good a shooter.
Soon Chris becomes obsessed with earning a place in his team’s starting lineup. He does everything he can think of—including being an invaluable player every time he comes in. But nothing seems to get Coach’s attention. Even after he learns the history of the valuable “6th man,” Chris can’t seem to let it go. How will he ever be a big scoring star?
For every kid who hates to read but loves basketball, comes a suspenseful novel with plenty of play-by-play sports action.

Review for Off the Bench

This book is perfect for basketball enthusiasts. There are play-by-play descriptions, diagrams of the plays, and even historical gems of non fictional players. Our main character longs to be the starter on his team but soon realizes he is destined to be the sixth man. What I adored about this book is that it’s told from a healthy perspective. Everyone around Chris is supportive and encouraging, especially his family. Many kids will be able to relate to this book since there are more players on the bench than on the court. Kudos for bringing this inspirational outlook to our young basketball players!

About the Author

Fred Bowen was a Little Leaguer who loved to read. Now he is the author of many action-packed books of sports fiction. He has also written a weekly sports column for kids in the Washington Post since 2000. Fred played lots of sports growing up, including soccer at Marblehead High School. For thirteen years, he coached kids’ baseball, soccer, and basketball teams. Some of his stories spring directly from his coaching experience and his sports-happy childhood in Marblehead, Massachusetts.

Fred holds a degree in history from the University of Pennsylvania and a law degree from George Washington University. He was a lawyer for many years before retiring to become a full-time children’s author. Bowen has been a guest author at schools and conferences across the country, as well as the National Book Festival in Washington, DC, and the Baseball Hall of Fame. Fred lives in Silver Spring, Maryland, with his wife. For more information, check out the author’s website at

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Giveaway for Off the Bench

1 winner will receive a finished copy of OFF THE BENCH, US Only.

Ends May 2nd, midnight EST.

Enter HERE and GOOD LUCK to you!

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Off the Bench Tour Schedule

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