Airball: My Life in Briefs

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Kirby Nickel loves basketball. The only problem is he can’t play basketball. But when an opportunity to meet NBA star Brett McGrew comes up, Kirby knows he has to take a chance and try out for the basketball team. Getting on the team turns out to be easy—the rest of the boys are as supremely untalented as Kirby—but winning in order to be eligible to meet McGrew is a whole different problem. Different and embarrassing. The coach’s radical new plan for success involves the boys playing in their underwear. But if ...

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Overview

Kirby Nickel loves basketball. The only problem is he can’t play basketball. But when an opportunity to meet NBA star Brett McGrew comes up, Kirby knows he has to take a chance and try out for the basketball team. Getting on the team turns out to be easy—the rest of the boys are as supremely untalented as Kirby—but winning in order to be eligible to meet McGrew is a whole different problem. Different and embarrassing. The coach’s radical new plan for success involves the boys playing in their underwear. But if this crazy idea works, Kirby will get to meet his hero—who he secretly also hopes is his long-lost father.

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"Harkrader offers an amusing, wholly affectionate portrayal of a small-town community's devotion to basketball and of a klutzy kid's success on the court in spite of himself. An entertaining first novel." — Booklist
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  • ISBN-13: 9780312373825
  • Publisher: Square Fish
  • Publication date: 1/22/2008
  • Edition description: STRIPPABLE
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 226,139
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 700L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.29 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 0.58 (d)

Meet the Author

L.D. Harkrader never played underwear basketball, but did have a recurring nightmare about walking into the school cafeteria wearing nothing but pajamas. "I'm sure the dream meant I was afraid people would see who I really was," says L.D. "In telling Kirby's story, I hope I show readers they shouldn't be afraid to let people see who they are. Who they are is okay." L.D. lives in a small town in Kansas and, like Kirby, is a rabid Jayhawks basketball fan.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2008

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    I enjoyed this book thoroughly it was both genuine and funny. The main character, Kirby, is an awkward and not athletically inclined 7th grader who wants to prove that a local athlete turned basketball star, Bret McGrew, is his father. Kirby and his ¿tell it like it is¿ cousin devise a plan to try to prove this, which includes joining the basketball team and Kirby becoming the captain. Although Kirby lives with his grandmother and has never even met his mother, let alone his father, he is convinced Bret McGrew really is his dad. His basketball team gets a chance to play with and meet Bret McGrew, so Kirby knows this is his chance to prove his theory. However in the mean time, his wacky coach is making them practice basketball in their underwear! The coach feels this is the best way for the team to be on level playing ground and work together so they don¿t embarrass themselves at the big Bret McGrew game. They really need to improve! Kirby and his cousin will keep you laughing the whole time with their wild ideas and schemes to try to get Kirby face to face with McGrew at the big game.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 7, 2008

    Does Shakespeare really play baseball?

    Shakespeare Bats Cleanup because it is about a boy named Kevin who is on a baseball team. He finds outs he has mono. He is stuck at home no baseball, no school, and no playing with his friends. He has to find a way to entertain himself, so he borrows his father¿s poetry book. He likes what he reads, so he tries to write his own poetry. At first, his poetry is lousy, but he gets better at it. He eventually becomes obsessed with writing poetry, but he can¿t tell anyone his secret that he likes to write. I liked this book because it has a new title for every page, and it is a short and fun.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2005

    Kansas Underwear Basketball

    This book is hilarious! I laughed so hard I thought I was going to wake the entire house. And, every time I stopped, I turned the page and laughed again. Poor Kirby! Kirby loves basketball as much as everyone in his basketball-crazy Kansas town. The problem? He isn't very good. But, he must make the team and have a winning season if he wants a chance to go to Allen Fieldhouse to participate when KU retires the jersey of Stuckey's own future-NBA-Hall-of-Famer, Brett McGrew. Kirby thinks McGrew is his dad and it's Kirby's and only chance to meet him. But, first--he and the rest of the seventh grade team must live through the coach's extreme coaching tactics: Stealth Uniforms. Yes, they're playing in their undies! If you've ever experienced life in a small town that revolves around youth or college sports--a town where the youth sport IS their 'professional' team, you'll appreciate this book. Mix in the coach's new uniforms (Emperor's New Clothes-style), a boy who risk just about anything (including the humiliation of playing basketball in his underwear) to meet his long-lost father, a trouble-making cousin who helps Kirby become captain of the team, the thrill of victory and some harmless nosing around to find proof that McGrew is his dad and you have a recipe for a great afternoon of rural basketball reading fun! A clean, fun book for anyone who can read at the middle grade level or higher. No profanity or sexual content that I recall--just boys parading around in their briefs! A great fall, back-to-school read!

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