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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.
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 9 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 12 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 19 months ago by D. Griffin
donated this book to a school library from their requested list, haven't read it, but service/price/delivery was goodPublished on August 7, 2010 by Lana Floyd
When I began this book, it took me a little while to adjust to the vocabulary used. It is written from the point of a young african-american male student and it is amazing. Read morePublished on July 26, 2010 by Thomas M. Gibeau
May 5, 2010: Slam, by Walter Dean Myers is an amazing book that talks about a kid from the streets in harlem, who can do it all on the basketball court. Read morePublished on May 7, 2010 by Delshad Ebrahimzadeh
Slam, written by Walter Dean Myers, is about a seventeen year old boy who loves basketball, his family, friends and his girlfriend. Read morePublished on September 20, 2009