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STAT: Standing Tall and Talented #1: Home Court Paperback – August 1, 2012

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About the Author

Amar'e Stoudemire, Captain of the New York Knicks and a six-time NBA All-Star, is a well-respected professional basketball player who has left his mark on the game and the community through his award winning outreach. He is focused on creatively inspiring youth to avoid poverty through education. He is the father of three children.

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From STAT #1: Home Court

We were getting close to the corner now. You know the spot. NBA players take tons of 3s from there because it's a shorter shot and a straight, squared-up look. And that means that we all practice from there all the time too, heaving it up and trying to do what they do. Even his dribbling changed a little. You know how it does that when someone's about to take a shot? It was going to be one jump shot from the corner. I didn't think I could get up and contest it with his length, and there was a good chance it would go in.

But that's right where the big crack in the court was. It was the one I stumbled over last game. That's the whole reason I remembered it. Maybe if Carlos had tripped over it then, he would've remembered it too. But he hadn't, so he had to learn that lesson now. With his eyes already radar-locked, sizing up the rim, he had no idea it was coming.

"Look out, man," I heard Yeti yell behind me, but it was too late.

The edge of Carlos's sneaker clipped the raised edge of the cracked black top.

"What the?" he blurted.

I didn't answer, just reached in and grabbed the ball as he tumbled sideways toward the fence. I turned fast, and for this weird moment, there were four sets of eyes staring right at me. Yeti and Ledge were facing forward, waiting to rebound in case Carlos had missed. And Tavor is and Deuce were facing me, wanting to be ready for whatever it was I was planning. Now they knew what it was. They stepped in front of their guys, and I had clear sailing to the hoop.

One dribble, two dribbles, pull up, pop! If the rim still had any net left on it, it would've swished.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 650L (What's this?)
  • Series: STAT: Standing Tall and Talented (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Press (August 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0545387590
  • ISBN-13: 978-0545387590
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.2 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #70,995 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I purchased this book for my 8 year old to read. He LOVED the book!!! He couldn't put it down. He used this book to write a book report for school and the teacher selected him to read his book report in front of the class. The best way to encourage reading is to provide books that are interesting and relate-able.

As a mom (I read the book also) I spot read the books my son reads. I can't read them all but I read most. I thought this was a positive story that reinforced being a good person, team work, having a positive attitude, believing in yourself and never giving up.

This was also the first book that we uploaded onto an iPad for him(via Kindle app). He loved reading on the iPad as much as I do. We plan to purchase all of the STAT books. I believe currently there are three.

Highly recommend this book to other children.
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Eleven year old Amar'e is a good kid. He studies hard in school, helps his dad with his landscaping company, and loves to play sports. Skateboarding, baseball, and basketball, as long as he is with his friends and family he is having fun. But one day a group of older bullies shows up and kicks him and his friends off their home basketball court. With his athletic ability and the help of his friends, Amar'e realizes that the only way to win their court is to play a winner take all game.
Filled with the excitement of a great basketball game, Stoudemire's first novel is perfectly geared towards males, touching on issues of morality, friends, hard work, sports, and family. Amar'e likeable character, wit, and athletic prowess will inspire youth and reinforce the positive message.
Based on the life of popular NBA Star Amar'e Stoudemire, whose overcame his own obstacles to thrive, Home Court, is the first in the STAT: Standing Tall and Talented series.
Recommended for readers age 8-12.
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I read this book in about a week with my 5th grade son and he loved it. We took it slow with only a couple of chapters a day. It was something that my son could really relate to and it kept his interest from beginning to end. I really liked the book as well. It deals with some of the same issues that our kids are dealing with today including bullying. This book shows a good example of how kids should deal with bullies. The overall theme of the book was good and I like the way that Amare and his friends bonded together to take back their neighborhood. I'm not a Knicks fan but I really like the things that Amare Stoudemire is doing for our kids and inspiring them to read. Check out "STAT" and you'll be glad you did.
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My son really enjoys basketball and we are trying to develop a love of reading as well. This book was perfect. The story was engaging, realistic and had positive messages. I look forward to purchasing the rest of the series to read with my son.
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I purchased this for my nephew who is struggling with becoming an avid reader. He really loves sports and this book grabs his attention and encourages both his listening skills when being read to and spurs his desire to read himself.
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By Jack on January 3, 2013
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I thought this was one of the world's best books that I have ever read in my life. I loved this book because it was about a boy who liked hanging out with his friends and family. I also loved this book because it was about basketball. I also loved the biggest game Amar`e and his friends ever played. I think Amare was the hero of the game.That's why I loved it.
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A great addition to our school's collection. Engaging for reluctant readers, boys, African American kids. Finally, a book that features African American kids facing regular every-day problems, not problems about race.
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So I began reading a book a week with my 3rd grader and this book had me excited to read the daily chapters. My son loooove basketball so it was definitely a treat to combine reading with his passion. I am downloading the rest of the series on his tablet tonight and I am soooo excited!
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