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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: It Books; Reprint edition (February 2, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060976896
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060976897
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.2 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #380,253 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A heart-wrenching and uplifting story of survival." -- --Publishers Weekly

About the Author

Ben Joravsky is a prize winning journalist whose piece about Chicago's Roosevelt High School was chosen as one of 1992's outstanding sports articles.

Co-author of Race and Politics in Chicago,he is a resident of Chicago, Illinois.


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This book was definitely a good read and I recommend it to anybody who likes books.
Kain
It brought me passion and inspiration that lifted me up and made me want to continue on playing basketball and being successful.
Dwayne Savage
I think this story is an inspiration to all young kids that are growing and have dreams of their own.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Damaine Brown on March 6, 2003
Format: Paperback
Up From the Slums
In Hoop Dreams, Ben Jorausky gives an exemplary outlook on the life of Auther Agee and William Gates. Hoop dreams is a touching and compelling story. This book gives the reader a deep insight on the lives of teenagers with professional dreams. By stressing the facts of every day life in a ghetto community Ben Jorausky repeatedly makes connections with the reader. This book is educational and is also a reality check. The author reaches out to all types of people who do not understand the life of a player and the efforts that are put into professional sports. I recommend Hoop Dreams to any young male or female who has aspirations of becoming a professional athlete, it is also an important book for people who do not take into consideration the hard work and time consuming efforts that are put into athletic careers. I give Hoop Dreams 5 stars.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 28, 1997
Format: Paperback
Joravsky's book is a thorough and honest portrait of the lives of two boys and their dreams of playing professional basketball. Unlike the original documentary film, the book explores each boy's family history, avoiding the cliches and staginess which render real life as caricature. Instead, we get an honest, direct and compelling account of growing up poor and black in Chicago and of having the chance to chase a dream. A fast read that captures the excitement of the game of basketball. Recommended for youths and adults alike; for classroom and recreational settings.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 7, 1999
Format: Paperback
This was my favorite book. It was so real. I became Arthur's and William's friends.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Payton on June 21, 2007
Format: Paperback
This is excellent reading if you enjoyed the movie. It just gives the reader a deeper look into the lives of Arthur and William. There is so much detail we didn't get in the movie. In the book, we learn about additional family members and best friends. Who knew William lived with his sister when he started attending St. Joes? We found out more about race relations at St. Joes and that William had janitorial duties at the school to offset his financial obligations. There's more to how William felt about Coach Pingatore. We learn more about Arthur and his relationship with his father. Best of all, there is more about their lives once they begin college. It's a must read for everyone who enjoyed the movie.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Shelondria Gay on October 4, 2007
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This book is a story of a basketball player who makes his dreams come true with persistence and a ambitious will. It does have some profane words that come about sporadically as your read but the story is not consumed by them. They are in there though so beware if a young child wants to read this story.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mike Lemmink on January 18, 2001
Format: Paperback
Hoop Dreams is a book everyone can relate to. Whether it be for the fact that it is for athletes or just for people who like real stories about people struggling for success. I personally liked the book because you got to know the kids and where they came from, not just about their basketball lives. You know it is a great movie when in the credits for He Got Game they have both the kids, one is one the brooklyn bridge and the other is in the gardens. Great book. I recommend it to all who love to read.
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By A Customer on November 5, 1999
Format: Paperback
For two inner city kids from the west side of Chicago this is a chance of a lifetime. They get to get out of Chicago's west side for at least ten hours every weekday, to go to St. Josephs to play basketball. The book was excellent and I would rate it 5 stars. I could not put it down. It not only takes you through thier basketball lives, but through thier real lives. I liked it so much, because it was real, true to life, nothing in that book was fake, it was all real. I like reading books about athletics, but Hoop Dreams put each of them in, athletics and real life writing, which was a great combonation together. For these two young men, it was a struggle to try to fullfill thier own hoop dreams. Even with all of the adversity in thier life, they stuck with it thtrough thick and thin, and that was really enjoyable to read about. I would reccomend this book to any teenager who loves basketball. I would not reccomend this book to anyone younger than thirteen, because it does have some foul language in it. To anyone who has not read Hoop Dreams yet, go out and read it, it is one for the ages!
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By ellison on March 9, 2013
Format: Paperback
Story of Authur Agee and William Gates who were 'recuited' in 8th grade to attend St. Joseph Catholic High School for their basketball playing abilities. With Coach Gene Pingatore the place is like a basketball factory putting out prep players such as Isiah Thomas with the goal apparently being that if/when the players make it big they will donate $ to the school.

After his freshamn year Authur's parents can no longer afford his school costs, even with him working at the school as a janitor so he has to go to a public high school for his sophmore year and from then on he is there with a different coach. Meanwhile, William gets his girlfriend prego and is happy because if he gets gunned down where he lives at least there will be a record (a child) of his existance. Because he is underage he is not charged and/or required to register. His girl resorts to passive/aggresive behavior telling him if he is not there for her, they are done. She has their daughter the day after the team loses in the post seasson. He did not want to tell his coach.

His junior year William hurts his knee at a Nike camp and names of other camp attenders are mentioned, several went on to the NBA. Willaim has surgery but eventually reinjuries his knee and has to have additional surgery. Additional family background is giving about both William's parents and brother and Authur's parents and their difficulties. Swearing throughout.

In their senior years Authur and William and their teams advance to post season before one looses and one goes down state to the finals before loosing, they had been watching Isiah Thomas and the Pistons but turned their interests to the Bulls and Michael Jordan and the Bulls as they begin to win.
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