Sports Feature: Basketball

Basketball season is upon us! Here are some fast-paced reads for b-ball fans.

boy21Boy 21 by Matthew Quick

Basketball has always been an escape for Finley. He lives in gray, broken Bellmont and takes care of his disabled grandfather. At school he’s called “White Rabbit,” the only white kid on the varsity basketball team. He’s always dreamed of getting out, but until then, when he puts on his number 21 everything seems to make sense.

Russ, a former teen basketball phenom from a privileged home, has just moved to the neighborhood. Cut off from everyone he knows, he now answers only to the name Boy21 — his former jersey number — and has an unusual obsession with outer space.

As their final year of high school brings these two boys together, “Boy21” may turn out to be the answer they both need.

 

foultrouble

Foul Trouble by John Feinstein

Terrell Jamerson is the no. 1 high school basketball player in the country. His team is poised to win state, top colleges are lining up to give him scholarships, and everyone says he could play in the NBA tomorrow. But it only takes one false step to lose everything.

Danny Wilcox is Terrell’s best friend and teammate, and a top prospect himself, but it seems like everyone wants to get close to Terrell. They say they just want to help, but their kind of help could get Terrell DQ’d.

Danny and Terrell better keep their eyes on the ball if they hope to last the season.

 

hoopsHoops by Walter Dean Myers

All eyes are on 17-year-old Lonnie Jackson while he practices with his team for a citywide basketball tournament. His coach, Cal, knows Lonnie has what it takes to be a pro basketball player, but warns him about giving in to the pressure, which he knows firsthand.

As the tournament nears, Lonnie learns that some heavy bettors want him kept on the bench. As the last seconds of the game tick away, Lonnie and Cal must decide: Are they willing to blow the chance of a lifetime?

 

Here are a few more slam dunks:

Swagger by Carl Deuker

Last Shot by John Feinstein

The Sixth Man by John Feinstein

Travel Team by Mike Lupica

Summer Ball by Mike Lupica

Miracle on 49th Street by Mike Lupica

Boost by Kathryn Mackel

This Way Home by Wes Moore

The Final Four by Paul Volponi

 

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