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Becoming Kareem: Growing Up On and Off the Court

By Kyle Jackson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Thoughtful memoir by basketball star and civil rights icon.

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age 15+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 15+

A good book but not for young kids

1 person found this helpful.
age 18+

i love this book it is fun to read

i think it is fun for all the families to read it

Is It Any Good?

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Eloquent and poignant, Kareem's story is one of self-discovery, emotional and intellectual development, and hard-fought and well-deserved success. His insights into a troubled but exciting time for black Americans show how inescapable the fear caused by racism and police brutality was and is, even for a beloved superstar such as himself. His memoir reveals a complex and compelling thinker whose journey has transcended sports and inspired millions by using his platform to articulate the African-American experience, much like those who came before and influenced him, such as Muhammad Ali, Jackie Robinson, and countless others.

While basketball fans may be especially drawn to this autobiography by one of the sport's all-time greats, the lessons learned and wisdom offered are valuable to any young person searching for his or her place in a world filled with injustice and inequality.

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