Sixteen-year-old Becky Walden has two big dreams: to become an all-state basketball player and to find a special boy to love. When Becky moves to a new high school, she meets Matt McRae. Although Matt shares Becky’s love of basketball, he is reluctant to fight the small town politics that has reached into the high school and tainted their sport. Can she lead her teammates to stand up for what’s right? Will Matt fight with Becky or against her? || READ AN EXCERPT ||
A Romance Writers of America (RWA) Golden Heart Award Winner for Best Young Adult Novel
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“Readers don’t have to be a sports fan to enjoy this story. It’s all about Becky’s challenges and choices. Her devotion to the game, anticipation of the action, and interplay with the team all will transport the reader there in a completely exciting and believable way. COURT OF HONOR was an unexpectedly engaging story!” ~ Aurora Reviews [4.5 STARS]
“It’s not often you find a book that covers the gamut from romance to on-court action. But no look further. Paula Blais Gorgas brings you COURT OF HONOR, an intriguing read for young adults. Becky Walden is a sixteen-year-old who can hang with the boys. She dreams of becoming an all-state basketball player and finding the boy of her dreams… This young adult novel confronts some of the corruption that exists in local sports and sends a powerful message of sticking up for what’s right despite what’s at stake. Young readers will cheer for Becky as she fights small-town politics and tries to keep her first romance alive.” ~ reviewed by Lori Calabrese for Sports Books for Kids and Teens
PAULA BLAIS GORGAS lives in Oklahoma with her husband Chet, a retired Navy Commander turned pro-golfer. Together they have four grown sons and a dozen grandchildren. Paula worked as an NSA intelligence analyst and as a children’s librarian. Children’s picture book publications include LITTLE LOST LEPRECHAUN and THE PERFECT PURPLE PRESENT. Juvenile fiction fantasy titles EARTH MAGIC (OWFI’s 2002 Best Book of Juvenile Fiction) and SECRET OF THE CRYSTAL DRAGON (2013 Readers’ Favorite Finalist for Young Adult – Fantasy/Sci-Fi). Young adult publications include COURT OF HONOR (an RWA Golden Heart Award Winner for Best Young Adult Novel). Adult publications include the paranormal romance novel DREAMTIME (2001 Dream Realm Awards Finalist) and the fantasy anthology OTHER WORLDS (OWFI 2008 Best Book of Fiction).