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Gr 8 Up-"Basketball is my thing. I can hoop. Case closed." So begins Walter Dean Myers' novel (Scholastic, 1996) which lends itself perfectly to an audio presentation for young adults. Male reluctant readers as well as basketball fans will be captivated with this realistic story in which 17-year-old Greg Harris tells of the year in which he transfers to a magnet school for the arts, a more academically challenging, mostly white school. After being the hot shot star of his Harlem high school team, he has to learn to fit in and be a team player at his new school. He may not be able to do anything about the rest of his life--his relationships with his family and friends, his grandmother's illness, his scholastic difficulties, or what goes on in his Harlem neighborhood--but when he gets onto the basketball court, "Slam" feels in control. Listeners will enjoy this fast-paced, energetic story following Slam's progress as he tries to deal with basketball and life. Myers has created a character and a story that have great appeal for teens, and narrator Thomas Penny skillfully captures this young urban black man's voice. A valuable addition for teen audio collections.-Marilyn Higgins, Metuchen High School, NJ
Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.--This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition.
This book is a good life story and teaches you some very good lessons.
One problem is that Ice, Greg's best friend, is a great basketball player but he is into drug dealing and he started hanging out with gangsters.
I really liked this book a lot, because the author really made all the situations seem very real.
"Monster" by Walter Dean Myers is the better story. Monster
Slam! uses foreshadowing - a lot of foreshadowing. And basketball - a lot of basketball. Read more
I was going through a number of juvenile fiction books so that when my son is of age to read, I can have some good things to recommend to him. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Lemas Mitchell
love all walter dean myers books. my sons loved them now my grands. age 11 to 20, lots of life lessons in an entertaining way. great story teller.Published 12 months ago by robin dopson
I read this becuase I was working as an assistant teacher in a public school. I was in an general ed. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Bassmntmuzik
he loved it so thats good enough too me... why literacy is next to Godliness! I didnt read it so my review sucks... but my 8 year old son did for school but he actually loved it.Published 22 months ago by D. Griffin