New Release Books by John Coy

John Coy is the author of Their Great Gift (2022), So Big and So Small (2020), Dads (2020), If We Were Gone (2020), On Your Way (2019) and other 41 books.

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Their Great Gift

release date: Aug 01, 2022
Their Great Gift
Audisee® eBooks with Audio combine professional narration and sentence highlighting for an engaging read aloud experience! With lyrical text and thought-provoking photography, Their Great Gift explores the experiences of immigrants in the twenty-first century, focusing on the lives of children. Images of families who came to the United States from many different parts of the world celebrate the diversity of our country and contain a vision of hope for the future.

So Big and So Small

release date: Oct 27, 2020
So Big and So Small
Next to a speck of sand, you''re huge. But gaze up into the night sky with its millions of stars, and suddenly you''re tiny. So which is true? Are you big or little? Author John Coy captures the whimsical poetry of a child''s perspective as he looks at everything gigantic and minuscule in the universe to arrive at a surprising conclusion: kids are both big and little--just the right size to be exactly who they''re meant to be.

Dads

release date: Apr 07, 2020
Dads
Celebrate all that fathers do: building, fixing, cooking, cleaning, laughing, crying, hugging, playing and more! John Coy and Wing Young Huie—the author and photographer behind Their Great Gift—reunite for a new book that shows a wide range of fathers and children, particularly highlighting families of color and lower-income families, who often aren''t depicted in children''s books. This beautiful book is a perfect Father''s Day gift!

If We Were Gone

release date: Mar 03, 2020
If We Were Gone
Water, air, sunlight, plants . . . we need these elements to live in this world. But does the world need us? And what would happen to the world if humans were gone? This is the premise of a thought-provoking picture book from John Coy. His insightful text explores how nature would reclaim the planet, accompanied by Natalie Capannelli''s gorgeous watercolor illustrations. Back matter gives further context and discusses what kids (and all of us) can do to truly help our planet.

On Your Way

release date: Aug 13, 2019
On Your Way
A tender look back at a child''s first steps, On Your Way is a celebration of growth, movement, and the importance of slowing down to observe life''s milestones both big and small. A mother recounts for her child "that day on the porch" when they first tried to walk. As the child totters, stumbles, and flops, young animals nearby gallop, jump, waddle, and hop. Kids will delight in the child''s progress and think of the ways they''re still learning to grow and move every single day now that they''re on their way. A perfect book for looking back at how far kids have come...and how far they''ll go.

Gap Life

release date: Nov 22, 2016
Gap Life
Cray got into the same college his father attended and is expected to go. And to go pre-med. And to get started right away. His parents are paying the tuition. It should be an easy decision. But it''s not. All Cray knows is that what''s expected of him doesn''t feel right. The pressure to make a decision—from his family, his friends—is huge. Until he meets Rayne, a girl who is taking a gap year, and who helps him find his first real job, at a home of four adults with developmental disabilities. What he learns about himself and others will turn out to be more than any university could teach him—and twice as difficult.

For Extreme-Sports Crazy Boys Only

release date: Oct 13, 2015
For Extreme-Sports Crazy Boys Only
"It''s that adrenaline rush, I think, that comes with extreme sports. For me it''s all about the passion of sport and the goodwill that sport creates." -Robby Naish, windsurfer and kitesurfer From the rush of skateboarding to some of the most ultimate extreme sports like base jumping and ice climbing-there''s so much to know about the world of extreme sports. The Olympics and the X-Games have opened our eyes to so much, but there''s still so much to see. Do you want to learn more about aggressive inline skating? Do you want to read up on how to protect yourself next time you go sandboarding? If you feel the rush of adrenaline every time you think about riding that big wave, or taking that half-pipe by storm-this book is definitely for you!

Game Changer

release date: Oct 01, 2015
Game Changer
When they piled into cars and drove through Durham, North Carolina, the members of the Duke University Medical School basketball team only knew that they were going somewhere to play basketball. They didn''t know whom they would play against. But when they came face to face with their opponents, they quickly realized this secret game was going to make history. Discover the true story of how in 1944, Coach John McLendon orchestrated a secret game between the best players from a white college and his team from the North Carolina College of Negroes. At a time of widespread segregation and rampant racism, this illegal gathering changed the sport of basketball forever.

Hoop Genius

release date: Nov 01, 2013

Two Old Potatoes and Me

release date: May 29, 2013
Two Old Potatoes and Me
One day at her dad’s house, a young girl finds two old potatoes in the cupboard. “Gross.” But before she can throw them away, her dad suggests they try to grow new potatoes from the old ones, which have sprouted eyes. Told from May to September, the potato-growing season, the story includes all the basic steps for growing potatoes while subtly dealing with the parents’ recent divorce. Just like the new potatoes that emerged from ugly old potatoes, this dad and daughter move on and make a new life together in the face of unavoidable and unpleasant change. Carolyn Fisher’s artwork will be instantly recognizable from her recent picture book debut, A Twisted Tale, and her trademark high-energy art and design infuse joy and humor into this heartwarming story.

My Mighty Journey

release date: Oct 01, 2019
My Mighty Journey
The story of the past twelve thousand years of Minnesota told from the perspective of the only major waterfall on the Mississippi River, with stunning artwork by Gaylord Schanilec.

Take Your Best Shot

release date: Feb 28, 2012
Take Your Best Shot
Middle school and life on and off the basketball court are what four friends deal with in this satisfying conclusion to the 4 for 4 series. Here are four very different boys dealing with family, friends, school, and sports, told in a believable and accessible style. John Coy writes sports stories that run deep, and this series scores more and more readers each season. You''ll win big fans in readers who like Mike Lupica, Chris Lynch, and Matt Christopher if you introduce them to the boys from 4 for 4.

Love of the Game

release date: Nov 08, 2011
Love of the Game
Middle school is full of new challenges for Jackson, Gig, Isaac, and Diego, four sports-loving friends who have always stuck together. Lockers that won''t open, older (and bigger) kids, classes that are far apart, tons of homework—there''s a lot to get used to. One thing the boys are looking forward to, however, is making the football team. Not every one will get what he wants, though, on the field and at home.

Eyes on the Goal

release date: Apr 13, 2010
Eyes on the Goal
Just before they''re due to start middle school, Jackson, Gig, Isaac, and Diego, four sports-loving friends, all attend the same weeklong soccer camp. Diego is an experienced soccer player, and Gig has a natural ability for the sport he never realized. But Jackson and Isaac are split into another group of players—a group with younger, smaller kids. For the first time, both boys aren''t the stars of their team. In fact, they can''t seem to get a handle on soccer. At the same time, Jackson is having a hard time getting a handle on his mom''s deepening relationship with her boyfriend, and her suggestion that they move in with him. And Gig is worried about his father''s deployment to Afghanistan. Here is a story about how life, like sports, can be unpredictable, frustrating, and exhilarating.

Crackback

release date: Feb 01, 2010
Crackback
In his gripping debut novel, acclaimed picture book author John Coy presents the high stakes world of high school football, where doing what it takes to win doesn''t always mean doing the right thing.When Miles Manning, a successful high school football player, discovers his teammates are using steroids--and one of them is his best friend--he''s faced with a tough decision: Is he willing to do what it takes to win? Football is his life, and his family, especially his dad, is pinning its hopes on him. It''s a lot of pressure for a high school junior to bear. This gripping look into the world of high school boys and athletes--and their struggle to be the best--is provocative and searingly honest.

Box Out

release date: Feb 01, 2010
Box Out
John Coy turns to the high-stakes world of high school basketball in this fast-paced YA novel--now in paperback with new cover art! Sophomore Liam Bergstrom just joined the varsity basketball team. His teammates made varsity because they''re good. Liam''s here because he''s tall and Coach needs a guy who can grab rebounds. It''s the chance Liam''s been waiting for, but already he''s playing catch-up. The other guys know what Coach expects, and they''re willing to do things Coach''s way, no matter what. So when Liam questions the team''s practice of praying together before games, he''s suddenly the odd man out. Now Liam has to find the guts to stand up for what he believes in--and take his game to a whole new level.

Top of the Order

release date: Mar 03, 2009
Top of the Order
Ten-year-old Jackson lives for baseball, but becomes distracted by the approach of middle school, his mother''s latest boyfriend, and the presence of a girl--his good friend''s sister--on his team.

Night Driving

release date: May 15, 2001
Night Driving
As father and son drive into the night, they watch the sunset, talk about baseball, sing cowboy songs, and even change a flat tire before pitching camp at daybreak.

Around the World

release date: Jan 01, 2005
Around the World
Portrays a gritty game of street basketball, "Around the world," being played literally around the world, from New York to Australia to China, and elsewhere, and then back to New York.

Vroomaloom Zoom

release date: Jan 01, 2000
Vroomaloom Zoom
Daddy takes Carmela on an imaginary car ride, lulling her to sleep with various sounds, from the wurgle lurgle of swamps to the hoopty doopty swoopty loopty of driving in circles.

Strong to the Hoop

release date: Jan 01, 1999
Strong to the Hoop
A boy finally gets to play basketball on the main court with the older boys, and has to prove he can hold his own.
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