The Long Shots

Long Shots Trophie
Koko and Friends The long Shots by Clara Denise West


This middle grade chapter book is about bugs, bullying, and basketball.


A family of orphaned school-age bugs confronts bullying and the stigma of living in the infamous room of “The Fog” as they pursue their dreams of becoming All-Star basketball players.


Koko and his cousins are the  Long Shots, the girls and boys basketball teams. They are not superheroes with superpowers. They’re underdogs experiencing the everyday ups and downs of typical school-age children in the bug world.

Koko is an acronym for “Keep on Keepin’ On!”


Koko and his cousins represent perseverance--Never, ever, give up! These lovable characters will become—“The Only Bugs You’ll Wanna’ Hug!!!”

Author, Dr. Clara Denise West birthed this project as a result of her then 8-year-old daughter attempting suicide due to peer bullying. Her goal is to end bullying and save lives.


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