When their two worlds collide in Seventh Grade, the Owen and Russell find themselves in direct competition at school, on the court and at home. The Evans brothers are fraternal twins, with nothing in common but an address. Owen Evans lights up the scoreboards during the basketball season while his fraternal twin, Russell, is all about the Honor Roll and loves the challenge of his Masters of the Mind competitions.
But when a new basketball coach needs Russell’s height at center court, a jealous Owen has to fight to stay in the game. And with a championship at stake, Owen must decide whether his brother’s failure is more important than the team’s success.
Russell is ready to lead his Masters of the Mind team to victory this season. That is, until he’s forced into a new and unexpected role, as center on his twin brother Owen’s basketball team. Then Arthur Richardson the Third bullies his way onto the team with an eye on Russell’s leadership position. Arthur is no pushover. In fact, Russell’s never dealt with anyone quite like him. But Owen has. The clock is ticking, and it doesn’t take a master of the mind to know that the only way Russell can save the season is to team up with his twin and take it back.
Over the course of the school year, Owen and Russell must decide which battles are worth fighting, whose feelings are worth hurting and when to just let it go. By the end of the year, the twins have learned how to support and appreciate one another and they’re ready to enter Eighth Grade as not only brothers, but friends.
Ontario Library Association Best Bets (2013)
North Dakota Library Association Flicker Tale Award (2013-14)
Iowa Children's Choice Award (2014)
Victoria Premier's Reading Challenge - Australia (2014)
Texas Bluebonnet Award (2014-15)
New Hampshire Great Stone Face Award (2014-15)
British Columbia Red Cedar Award (2014-15)
Maine Student Book Award (2014-15)
Rhode Island Children's Book Award (2015)
Florida Sunshine State Young Reader Award (2015-16)
Hansel and Gretel Readers' Choice Award of International Schools in Germany (2015-16)
Louisiana Young Reader's Choice Award (2016)
Massachusetts Children's Book Award (2016)
Garden State Children's Book Award (2016)
"Athlete vs. Mathlete does an excellent job in portraying what it is like for twin
siblings. The love and occasional resentment the brothers feel for each
other was evident and is a realistic portrayal of how many sibling
relationships operate. The energetic descriptions of basketball added an
addictive element to the novel as the games are told so realistically
that the reader cannot help but be drawn in, making this novel a great
read for youth who love sports."
—CM Magazine, U of Manitoba
Praise for W. C. Mack’s Hat Trick:
“It’s a good story with a good message … if you have a young hockey fan who is perhaps a reluctant reader or struggling a bit in school, W. C. Mack’s Hat Trick may be the perfect stocking stuffer this Christmas.”
—Hockey Book Reviews
“Hat Trick is a very good story that has some excellent life lessons. Add it to your hockey player’s or hockey fan’s collection.”
—Hockey Blog in Canada
Genre/Category: Middle grade fiction
Setting: United States
Publication date: Fall 2012
Canadian English and French rights, Scholastic Canada
World English (ex. Canada) rights, Bloomsbury USA
For all other rights contact The Cooke Agency.
W. C. Mack was born in Vancouver., B.C. and now lives in Portland, Oregon.
Always a Canucks fan, W. C. Mack has also
been known to cheer for the Portland Winterhawks.