On the Right Path (Book 2) by Brett Gunning & Stacy Padula

On the Right Path by Brett Gunning & Stacy Padula
Book 2
Publisher: Briley & Baxter Publications
Genre: Contemporary, Children’s (0 – 6 y.o.), Middle Grade (8 – 12 y.o.)
Rating: 4 Stars
Reviewed by Ginger

Jordan is at his second day of basketball camp with his brother Jayden and his sister Jasmine. Along with new basketball skills, the kids are learning life-lessons such as how to be unselfish. Just like the other On The Right Path books, this is sure to become a beloved story for parents and children alike.

NBA Coach Brett Gunning and award-winning author Stacy Padula have teamed up to create the On The Right Path (OTRP) book series. OTRP is also a non-profit organization created by Brett Gunning to guide youth basketball players on the right path to achieving their maximum potential through education, mentorship, and skill development. The core principles of OTRP are guidance, inspiration, and creativity. The book series focuses on six life-skill pillars: Loving Others, Being Unselfish, Staying Healthy & Strong, Showing Respect, Showing Forgiveness, and Having Fun.

Book Two of On the Right Path opens with Jordan at his second day of basketball camp with his brother Jayden, his sister Jasmine and their friend Shai. After Jordan’s shot is blocked by Chase, Coach Pete takes a moment to give another life skill to the team. He offers a quick lesson that basketball is a team sport. This life lesson is not only something to remember while playing sports but for all aspects of life. Coach Pete’s message is simply put, we should put the needs of others before our own.

This colorful inspiration for young readers gives vivid illustrations as well as examples of unselfish acts. The message is delivered in a relatable and brief story that is sure to make for quick reads. The life skill of being unselfish and looking for opportunities to make unselfish plays is not only for those that play sports but in life as well. This core principle can be used to help enforce kind behavior and it also offers a scripture at the end that supports the book’s message. This inspirational series will be of great value to households with young minds who are entering the skills development stage.

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