Summary

Sam Pickett never expected to settle in this dried-up shell of a town on the western edge of the world. He’s come here to hide from the violence and madness that have shattered his life, but what he finds is what he least expects. It seems that every inhabitant of this forgotten outpost has a story, a reason for taking a detour to this place—or a reason for staying.
As the coach of the hapless high-school basketball team, Sam can’t help but be moved by the bravery he witnesses in the everyday lives of people—including his own young players—bearing their sorrows and broken dreams. How do they carry on, believing in a future that seems to be based on the flimsiest of promises? Drawing on the strength of the boys on the team, sharing the hope they display despite insurmountable odds, Sam finally begins to see a future worth living.
Author Stanley Gordon West has filled the town of Willow Creek with characters so vividly cast that they become as real as relatives, and their stories—so full of humor and passion, loss, and determination—illuminate a path into the human heart.
©2011 Stanley Gordon West (P)2011 HighBridge Company
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5 out of 5 stars
By sarahmoose2000 on 09-05-11

Pat Controy of Montana

The blurb at the side of this audiobook is vague and
I'm here to tell you that it's a FAB, heartwarming
tale, of small town Americana and cheering for the
underdog.

With a school of eighteen students, there is always
great difficulty trying to man a basketball team; so
when a foreign exchange student of 6'11 arrives, the
town makes it their mission to teach him basketball
and lift their spirits. We follow the gutsy boys and
their teachers/mentors on their journey as they deal
with growing up and just plain living.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Tracy on 03-03-12

Good Listen

The high school basketball team hasn't won a game in years. Town moral is down, school moral is down. A couple new students arrive at the high school, a tiny flicker of hope ignites. More then just basketball, the town has drawn people running away from past experiences. A good listen, feel good book with more going then just at the surface. Well narrated, well written. NOTE: I DISLIKE BASKETBALL, BUT ENJOYED THIS BOOK.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Doug Nelson on 06-07-15

Feel good book

Is the story too good to be true? Maybe. But it held my interest for 19 hours. Heart warming? Yes. Alittle corny? Yes. If you're looking for a feel-good story, like Hoosiers, this is it.

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