The Basket Counts

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On-court hostility threatens Mel's place on the team Mel Jensen is new to the Titans basketball team, but he knows he could be a vital part of the starting lineup-if only two other players would give him a chance to show his stuff. But Caskie and Stoney seem bent on ignoring him, and Mel knows it's because he's black. Should Mel fight fire with fire, or should he try to get along, if only for the sake of the team?

Long practice improves Mel's value as a basketball ...

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Overview

On-court hostility threatens Mel's place on the team Mel Jensen is new to the Titans basketball team, but he knows he could be a vital part of the starting lineup-if only two other players would give him a chance to show his stuff. But Caskie and Stoney seem bent on ignoring him, and Mel knows it's because he's black. Should Mel fight fire with fire, or should he try to get along, if only for the sake of the team?

Long practice improves Mel's value as a basketball player, but how does he surmount the prejudice of a teammate?

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Children's Literature - Amy S. Hansen
Christopher has satisfied the sports-hungry reader for years. In this reissue of a 1968 saga, the middle school basketball team, Titans, must master not only the court moves, but also racial harmony. Our main character, Mel Jensen, is an African American who recently moved in to town. His father is a dentist. The Jensens are one of the few non-white families in town. While the book has plenty of play-by-play action, the real tension is the racial rift between Mel and his classmate Earl Stone. Earl happens to be the Titans' other star player. While the boys are part of a bigger picture, and the racial tensions are seen elsewhere as Earl's mother refuses to use Mel's father as her dentist, most of the rest of the town is welcoming to the family. Mel starts to retaliate after Earl's performance on the court makes it clear that he has little regard for Mel. However, Mel stops himself and finally listens to his father's advice to ignore Earl. This is the turning point for Mel, who no longer measures his own worth by the words that Earl says, and a turning point for Earl, who comes to terms with his own bullying behavior. While written in 1968, the story has been updated to include modern references, and the behavior of the boys, and the whole neighborhood, is still relevant to today's basketball-hungry young readers. Reviewer: Amy S. Hansen
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316140768
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
  • Publication date: 9/28/1991
  • Series: Matt Christopher Sports Classics Series
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 125
  • Sales rank: 280,995
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 690L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.37 (h) x 0.37 (d)

Meet the Author

Matt Christopher is the best selling name behind more than 100 sports-themed books for young readers.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 30, 2008

    What a great book

    if you like basketball you should read this!!!

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    Posted June 7, 2012

    The med den

    Of FrutsBasketLan.

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