“The Crossover Kid” is a new novel by Jim Upper ’61 and Scott Upper. Jim Upper is a former Hobart coach and member of the Hobart Hall of Fame. The novel, which was released this year, combines his love of sports with his focus on the social pressures within the sphere.
The publisher’s synopsis of the story describes an 11-year-old boy, Stanley Cass who has moved in with his fourth foster family and seems to be on a positive roll, but with some significant obstacles to overcome.
“Not only are the Bulldogs the best team around, Coach Taylor lets sixth graders into the tryouts. But Cross has a few loose ends to tie up before he can shoot hoops with the big boys. Unable to read, surrounded by bullies, and ashamed of being an orphan, Cross needs to dribble his way out of trouble before he can play in the final tournament.”
Upper earned his B.A. in economics from Hobart College. A three-sport star, Upper lettered in basketball, baseball and football. He was the 1961 Kraus Award winner. He has coached college, high school and middle school basketball coach and has worked at a residential facility for “at risk kids” in New Jersey. He has also served as a mentor for dozens of foster children through the Youth Advocate Program.
The book is currently available in the College Store.