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Adult/High School–LeBron James truly has become a star. After appearing on the cover of Sports Illustrated and having his high school basketball games broadcast on ESPN, he was the first pick of the lowly Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2003 NBA draft, and actually had them in playoff contention. The book is a breezier read than Ryan Jones's King James (St. Martin's, 2003) and doesn't weigh readers down with scores and statistics. Through interviews with those who knew LeBron while he was growing up (poor but loved in Akron, OH), the author draws a portrait of a boy who almost always had that special spark that defines him in the NBA today. Two inserts of color photographs depict the athlete from toddlerhood to recent NBA draftee, and most show him with his recognizable smile–and truly having fun with his gift. Morgan doesn't gloss over the controversy that surrounded the player when he accepted gifts as an amateur, a violation of the high school rules. He just comes across as a typical teen who sometimes screws up, albeit one with a prodigious talent. Demand for all things LeBron James may soon overtake demand for all things Michael Jordan, just as LeBron's statistics are rivaling those of a young Michael.–Jamie Watson, Enoch Pratt Free Library, Baltimore
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Gr. 7-12. The son of an unmarried, teenage mother, African American LeBron James overcame a culture of drugs, poverty, and violence in the Akron, Ohio, housing projects where he grew up to become a basketball superstar who signed more than $100 million dollars in promotional contracts before the end of his senior year in high school. Morgan, a sportswriter for the Akron Beacon Journal, offers readers an intimate look at James' life and incredible basketball career, following him to the moment when he became the number-one NBA draft pick. Morgan, who covered James' high-school career for the local newspaper, draws his material from interviews with family, friends, coaches, and teammates. The result is a well-rounded, personal portrait of the young superstar, which does an excellent job of depicting the intense pressure and scrutiny James and his family had to endure when he became basketball's hottest prospect. Sixty color photographs will entice sports fans to this inspiring, well-written biography. Ed Sullivan
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Gray & Company, Publishers; 1 edition (October 16, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1886228744
  • ISBN-13: 978-1886228740
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #244,904 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 27, 2003
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I live in Dallas,Tx and when it comes to basketball I hear 2 things: 1- Dallas Mavericks; 2- Lebron James. I was fortunate to find this book in Dallas,Tx and I judge books by how long it takes to read. This book falls under the term used on Lebron - "CAN'T MISS". It was a non stop read that resulted in my wife yelling at me for not doing my chores over the weekend. My wife began an investigation as to what I was doing. She soon discovered that the book was too good not to read after viewing the pictures. I am proud to report that she read her first sports book at the tender age of 34. There is hope? Being a media magnate for years - I've been able to see more media and athletic talent than Terry Pluto & Jim Gray would ever dream of: you simply have Ohio's best sportswriter in David Morgan and Ohio's best basketball player in Lebron James in 1 book. That combination makes it an easy choice to buy the book.
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Knowing and living around a star before they are a star provides insights and a sense of who a person really is better than can anyone who only becomes acquainted after stardom hits the public eye. That is what David Morgan has uniquely contributed to the understanding of who LeBron is. Morgan was personally selected by mom Gloria for the privilege of writing LeBron's story because she expected him to be fair to the family. He was also a known commodity because he was a local sportswriter and followed LeBron's career before he was King James. Morgan was given access to the stories of family members so that he could speak from their unique vantagepoints. He has done that very well, but he has also balanced those positions with perceptions of the people with whom they came in contact, which were not always the same. This book helps us begin to understand how such a talent could be developed from what society might consider the most adverse of circumstances to the maturity and grounding we have seen so far from this young athlete. The extent of the extended family influences are clearly evident and truly amazing. My hope is that David Morgan continues his relationship with the James family, that they continue to trust him with their confidences, and that he writes more to help us learn further about the importance of mentors and models in the growing years of our youngsters.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 27, 2003
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Lebron James, The Rise Of A Star is a very well written book expiring to all that reads it young or old. In this book, you will learn that all the obstacles that was put in front of Lebron, Gloria, Eddie and the rest of the family that they made it through with the help of wonderful people in there lives. With the help of others and one mothers love Lebron turned out to be a phenonamal person. Congratulation to you Mr. Morgan for such a fine job at writing and clearing up a lot of matters.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Beth on December 26, 2003
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This book was unbelievable. David Lee Morgan Jr. is a mastermind. He captured every angle of LeBron's young life. The book was a pageturner from the very beginning when LeBron held a basketball for the first time right up until the announcement for the number one pick in the 2003 NBA Draft. Every time you turned the page something new and interesting immediately jumped out at you. The book also includes many color photos of LeBron which follow along with the storyline. If you're looking a book about LeBron James then this is the book for you.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 26, 2003
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In this book you found out the "real" story of a young star whom along with his friends and family strived to become a great person and an inspiration to young kids everywhere. You find out some pretty rough things in the book also such as his grandmother passing on christmas morning and the strength it took for Gloria and Eddie not to let him know so he could have somewhat of a normal christmas morning. How a great family like the Walkers took LeBron in and made him one of their own. The important turn around between fourth and fifth grade. The roles of Sian, Willie, Dru III and Romeo and how it was destiny for Willie to be a part of the fab five. Just an all around terrific read. Great flow and it really keeps your interest !!! GREAT JOB MR. MORGAN...
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By Vincent D. on January 22, 2015
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.03% of high school basketball players get drafted to the NBA. The book LeBron James: Rise of a Star by David Lee Morgan Jr., published in 2003, describes LeBron’s youth days, his young media answers, and thought by news writers that he was overrated in high school. Morgan has written six books, all under the young adult genre. One way Morgan accomplishes his goal is by vividly describing LeBron’s youth life until he was drafted by the Cavaliers in 2003. Another way Morgan accomplishes his goal, is by the way he portrays LeBron as a hard working man.
LeBron eyed the court for his last shot at Oak Hill, he knew he needed to be ready for this game. In a press conference before the game LeBron was asked if he was ready for the game, he replied, “ I can’t wait”(Morgan 12). After coming off a disappointing four point loss in the previous season against Oak Hill, LeBron wanted to get back at Oak Hill in his final chance. LeBron and the Irish blew Oak Hill out by 20. In his senior season, LeBron and the Irish made it to the state championship for a third year in a row. LeBron’s friend, Lil Dru, came into a tight game and hit some clutch threes late in the game. After the game, when he was asked about his performance, Lil Dru stated, “It [is] an amazing feeling”(Morgan 64).

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LeBron’s mom was a 16 year old high school sophomore with no money when LeBron was born. This left her no choice but to move into an unsafe environment where drug trafficking, alcohol
abuse and nightly killings were normal. LeBron and his mother lived on the run until he was 12, “They shared space with other families, always moving around”(Morgan 27). In the grand scheme of things, LeBron never actually had a place to call home until he was a teenager.
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