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Children's LiteratureThis is a picture book with particular appeal for older youngsters who are basketball fans. It is a cleverly designed pun on the popular basketball game of the same name, in which the action literally takes place in ten different places throughout the world. The game starts in a playground in New York City, with typical American urban youngsters. After the first score, the page turns and the action is picked up by a group of kids playing a night game in Australia. The Australians score and the game moves on to China, then Turkey, Serbia, Nigeria, France, Brazil, Canada, Puerto Rico, and finally back to New York. In each locale youngsters comment in their own vernacular as they play. The settings are wildly different and evocative of the varied cultures, and even the kids' names are typical and, in some cases, unpronounceable. Illustrations are action-packed and authentic. The book ends with a clear explanation of how to play "around the world," as well. This is a great book for classroom use, with plenty of material to spark discussions of cultural and geographic topics, as well as a good game for youngsters to play during recess. 2005, Lee and Low Books, Ages 8 to 12.