Bounce Back

Bounce Back

For Ages: 7 and up
From the critically acclaimed author of Amina’s Voice comes the third book in an exciting middle grade series about a scrawny fourth-grader with big dreams of basketball stardom.

Zayd has a plan. He’s ready to take the reins as team captain of the Gold Team.

But when an injury leaves him on the sidelines, his plans get derailed. Can Zayd learn what it means to be a leader if he’s not the one calling the shots?
  • Salaam Reads / Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers | 
  • 144 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781534412040 | 
  • October 2018 | 
  • Grades 2 - 5
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Bounce Back

By Hena Khan

About the Book

In the third installment of Hena Khan’s Zayd Saleem Chasing the Dream series, fourth-grader Zayd is having a great season on the Gold Team. Now that his best friend Adam is playing football and not basketball, he hopes that Coach Wheeler will choose to make him the new team leader. Everything seems to be going according to plan until an injury forces him to look at the game he loves and his role on the team in a new way. With only a few weeks until the championship and his favorite uncle’s wedding, will Zayd be able to bounce back in time?

Discussion Questions

1. At the end of the first chapter, Zayd comments, “‘I can only imagine incredible things ahead of me.’” How does the reality of what happens next compare with his expectations? What can you learn from Zayd about how to deal with disappointment or setbacks?

2. Explain how Zayd gets injured. What does the doctor tell him about recovering from his injury? How does Zayd react to the news?

3. What does Zayd think is the most difficult thing about being injured? Have you ever been injured? What was the most difficult thing for you? What advice would you give to Zayd about dealing with his injury?

4. Why does Baba say that Zayd should still go to practice even though he can’t play basketball? Why doesn’t Z see more

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Hena Khan
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Hena Khan

Hena Khan is the author of several books including Amina’s Voice; Power Forward; On Point; Bounce BackIt’s Ramadan, Curious George; Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns; and The Night of the Moon. Hena lives in her hometown of Rockville, Maryland, with her husband and two sons. You can learn more about Hena by visiting her website at