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By Monica Wyatt, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

A hard-boiled depiction of life in the ghetto.

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age 12+

Based on 1 parent review

age 12+

Good read!

My son who hates to read really enjoyed reading this book.

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Too much consumerism

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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Kids say (10 ):

Fast, detailed basketball action combined with a realistic depiction of life on the streets of Harlem keeps kids who love sports enthralled. Seventeen-year old Lonnie wants to stay out of the violent organized crime in his neighborhood, but has no qualms about stealing a carton of scotch when the opportunity arises. He's in school, but his life revolves around basketball, in which he has real talent. His only chance to escape poverty comes with a basketball tournament for street kids -- Lonnie confidently expects to emerge as a leading player and get a scholarship.

Walter Dean Myers realistically reproduces the slang used by the characters, and gives readers a strong sense of life in the ghetto. Lonnie has little adult supervision but he has values, especially regarding basketball. He's appalled that Cal lost everything by participating in a gambling scheme. The re-emergence of the gamblers in Lonnie's tournament adds considerable suspense.

Book Details

  • Author: Walter Dean Myers
  • Genre: Sports
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publisher: Bt Bound
  • Publication date: January 1, 1981
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 12 - 14
  • Number of pages: 183
  • Last updated: July 12, 2017

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