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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: 5.3 x 0.7 x 8 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: #407,351 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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The troubling time many of those young kids go threw really show you in this book.
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Take this book as a lesson learn, everything is not glitter and goal until you know the real truth.
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This book was definitely a good read and I recommend it to anybody who likes books.
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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 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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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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By Kain on December 13, 2005
Format: Paperback
Hoop Dreams was probably one of the best books I've ever read. I don't think I would have liked it so much if it hadn't been based on a true story. This book is about two inner city kids from Chicago who aspire to play in the NBA. Although the odds aren't in their favor (only one out of every 7,600 high school players make it to the NBA) they still live for basketball. Without basketball these two boys would have nothing to them. Ben Joravsky does a good job of re-telling the story and showing all the problems these boys faced in there life. If it wasn't for basketball they probably would be out on the street trying to make a living. Throughout the story you feel as if you get closer and closer with the characters, and since it's spanned out over four years, it's as if they are growing and maturing right in front of you. Listening to Arthur's part of the story always kept me amused because he's a funny kid that everybody seems to like. William's story is focused more on the St. Joseph basketball team because that's pretty much all he cares about. This book was definitely a good read and I recommend it to anybody who likes books. Not just sports books either because this book goes beyond the boundaries of sports and is a compelling story about two inner city kids who defied the odds.
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By Andy Foote on February 20, 2003
Format: Paperback
Do you like a very exciting basketball book that shows you basketball from the inner city streets and how kids had to struggle to stay alive? Then this is the book for you. I don't like to read, but I couldn't put this book down.

I liked this book because it is filled with action. It showed how kids in the inner city had pretty much nothing besides basketball. I also liked it because it showed basketball and many other problms they had like drugs and school.
This book is about two kids who lived in the inner city and want to play professional basketball. The two kid's names are Willima Gates and Arthur Agee. After grade school they went to St. Josephs. They had their struggles in the first year because they didn't know any kids. They were in a nicer school, and there was more white kids than at grade school. William goes to play on the varsity team his first year and Arthur goes to play on the ju. varsity his first year.
This is the best book I have ever read. I rated this book five stars. These are some other books I read, Slam and Hoops that are like this book. Hoop Dreams is a great book, and it is filled witha action nd excitement.
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