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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0545055741
ISBN-13: 9780545055741
Sku: 206554855
Publish Date: 5/1/2008
Sales Rank: 95941
Pages:  266
Age Range:  16 to 21
 
Basketball is my thing. I can hoop. Case closed. I'm six four and I got the moves, the eyes, and the heart. (from the first line)
Seventeen-year-old Greg "Slam" Harris can do it all on the basketball court. He''s seen ballplayers come and go, and he knows he could be one of the lucky ones. Maybe he''ll make it to the top. Or maybe he''ll stumble along the way. Slam''s grades aren''t that hot. And when his teachers jam his troubles in his face, he blows up.

Slam never doubted himself on the court until he found himself going one-on-one with his own future, and he didn''t have the ball.

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Sixteen-year-old "Slam" Harris is counting on his noteworthy basketball talents to get him out of the inner city and give him a chance to succeed in life, but his coach sees things differently.
Author Bio
Walter Dean Myers
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.

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Washington Post Book World
"The best passages in the novel depict Slam's uneven effort to control his anger and to refrain from the self-destructive behavior that could ruin his future as a student and an athlete. Myers also writes with offhand insight about the racial attitudes that inform the relationship between Slam and his new schoolmates, most of whom are white." - Jim Naughton 01/12/1997

Kirkus Reviews
"The author plots with rare skill....Few writers can match Myers for taut, savvy basketball action, and in those scenes he's at the top of his form." 10/15/1996

Product Attributes
Product attributeBook Format:   Paperback
Product attributeMinimum Age:   12
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0266
Product attributePublisher:   Scholastic Paperbacks
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