Walter Dean Myers's mother died when he was young, leaving his father to raise eight children alone. When he was three, Walter was taken in by a nearby couple, Herbert and Florence Dean, who moved with him to Harlem, New York. A speech impediment contributed to his unhappy time in school, although he did love to read and write. When he was 16 he won a prize in an essay contest, which encouraged him to continue his writing although he eventually dropped out of school and joined the Army. Afterward, he held a series of jobs before becoming a full-time writer. His first book for children, WHERE DOES THE DAY GO?, was published in 1969 after it won a competition sponsored by the Council on Interracial Books for Children. Myers has been awarded the Newbery Honor, the Coretta Scott King Award, and the Margaret A. Edwards Award for his contributions to young adult literature.
"There's plenty of basketball here, but, as in any good sports novel, more is going on than the sport; life is the game, and this is a sensitive portrait of a likable young man, his family, city and dreams."
"The tautly choreographed game sequences that punctuate Drew's story bristle with the electricity of the sport while serving to track the hero's transformation from dicey wild car to on-point team player."
"Drew's hunger for stardom and keyed-up resentment are credibly portrayed, and his grudgingly respectful relationship with talented newcomer Tomas is equally convincing."
From the Publisher
Harlem-born Drew Lawson knows how good he is at basketball, and is counting on his skills to take him all the way to college and then the NBA. But when Coach Hudson puts two white boys on the team and gives them really good positions, Drew isn't sure what to think. Is he too full of himself, or does he need to learn to be a real team player?