Macmillan Childrens Publishing Group


Bill Martin Jr, Michael Sampson and Michael Chesworth

Square Fish


Trade Paperback

A fast-paced book about two girls' basketball teams fighting for the championship.

"The Cardinals and Bluejays are in the final game of the championship. The tension builds as the clock ticks away. The score is tied at 44/44 with one second left . . . who will win the game?"

New interest in women's basketball, including the 1996 Olympic team and the heavily watched 1996 NCAA women's championship, makes Swish! an exciting addition to the list. Bill Martin, Jr. and Michael Sampson have created an action-packed text filled with suspense. Illustrations by Michael Chesworth put the reader on the court as these tough players battle it out.


Praise for Swish!

“With rhythmic text and dynamic art, Swish! draws readers into the final minute of a hotly contested game between two girls' basketball teams.... A bright and cheery choice for reading aloud to budding basketball enthusiasts.” —School Library Journal

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About the author

Bill Martin Jr, Michael Sampson and Michael Chesworth

Bill Martin, Jr. (1916-2004) was an elementary-school principal, teacher, writer, and poet. His more than 300 books, among them the bestselling classics Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?; Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear?; Panda Bear, Panda Bear, What Do You See?; and Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, are a testament to his ability to speak directly to children. Martin held a doctoral degree in early childhood education. Born in Kansas, he worked as an elementary-school principal in Chicago before moving to New York City, where he worked in publishing developing innovative reading programs for schools. After several years, he devoted himself full-time to writing his children's books. He lived in New York until 1993, when he moved to Texas. He lived in the east Texas woods, near the town of Commerce, until he passed away in 2004.

Michael Sampson is the author of The Football That Won and Star of the Circus. He collaborated on 21 books with Bill Martin, Jr.. He is Dean of the School of Education at Southern Connecticut State University.

Michael Chesworth has illustrated many picture books and is also the creator of Rainy Day Dream and Archibald Frisby, a Reading Rainbow Feature Book. He lives in Amherst, Massachusetts.

Bill Martin Jr.

Michael Sampson

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