Basketball

Last Shot

By John Feinstein

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After winning a basketball reporting contest, eighth graders Stevie and Susan Carol are sent to cover the Final Four tournament, where they discover that a talented player is being blackmailed into throwing the final game.
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Stepping Up

By Mark Fink

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rnie Dolan is plagued by the curse of the average. Nothing about him stands out, except his stutter. Only best friend Mike Rivers sees him at his best. Then, at a competitive basketball camp, Mike excels while Ernie is - average. When Ernie blunders in the first pickup game, Rick Craig, obnoxious camp hotshot, nicknames him "Choke." This sets the tone for Ernie's first week. As Mike hangs with Craig and the jocks, he and Ernie are on the outs, yet Ernie finds new allies.
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Slam!

By Walter Dean Myers

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Harris can do it all on the basketball court, and he knows he could be one of the lucky ones to make it all the way to the top. But his failing grades and volatile temper are becoming obstacles to the success he yearns for. Slam's going one-on-one with his future, and it's a showdown he can't afford to lose.
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Game

By Walter Dean Myers

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If Harlem high school senior Drew Lawson is going to realize his dream of playing college, then professional, basketball, he will have to improve at being coached and being a team player, especially after a new--white--student threatens to take the scouts' attention away from him.
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Boost

By Kathy Mackel

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Thirteen-year-old Savvy's dreams of starting for her elite basketball team are in danger when she is accused of taking steroids.
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Jackson Jones & the Puddle of Thorns

By Mary Quattlebaum

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When his mother gives him a garden plot for his tenth birthday, Jackson Jones hopes to earn enough money to buy a basketball, but all he seems to get is trouble. Suggested for ages 8-10.
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Strong to the Hoop

By John Coy

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Ten-year-old James tries to hold his own and prove himself on the basketball court when the older boys finally ask him to join them in a game. Suggested for ages 9-12.
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Tears of a Tiger

By Sharon Draper

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Four friends celebrate after a winning game, but at the end of the evening the star basketball player is dead in a car crash and the driver must come to terms with killing his best friend.
 

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LeBron James: The Rise of a Star

By David Lee Morgan

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He was featured on the covers of both Sports Illustrated and ESPN The Magazine. He has the scouts of every pro basketball team drooling. He has been touted wildly on national TV by basketball experts from Dick Vitale to Bill Walton. He has a reported $20 million dollar shoe contract pending. And he's still in high school. Why the big deal about LeBron James? The odds were against LeBron from the start. Born in poverty to a 16-year-old, drug-addicted single mom, without a father, raised by various family and neighbors . . . he could have become just another scarred product of a rough childhood in the projects. Instead, he's the darling of the sports world--and he plays the part well. Sportswriter David Lee Morgan has covered the LeBron phenomenon for the Akron Beacon Journal since the kid's freshman year and has been granted unequaled access to LeBron, his family, and his close

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Ball Don't Lie

By Matt de la Peña

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Seventeen-year-old Sticky lives to play basketball at school and at Lincoln Rec Center in Los Angeles and is headed for the pros, but he is unaware of the many dangers--including his own past--that threaten his dream.

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