Slam! (Hardcover) - Myers, Walter Dean

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Greg "Slam" Harris can do it all on the basketball court. He knows he's got what it takes to go all the way to the top. Slam's grades aren't so hot, though, and when his teachers jam his troubles in his face, he blows up.

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Publisher Turtleback Books
Mfg Part# 9780613121118
SKU 30934825
Format Hardcover
ISBN10 0613121112
Release Date 4/7/2008
Author Info
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.
Praise
"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."
"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."
From the Publisher
First Line Basketball is my thing. I can hoop. Case closed. I'm six four and I got the moves, the eyes, and the heart.
Editors Note 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
Product Attributes
Book Format Hardcover
Minimum Age 12
Number of Pages 0266
Publisher Turtleback Books
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