Home Court (STAT: Standing Tall and Talented Series #1)

Home Court (STAT: Standing Tall and Talented Series #1)

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by Amar'e Stoudemire, Tim Jessell
     
 

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STAT: Standing Tall And Talented-- A slam-dunk new fiction series from NBA superstar Amar'e Stoudemire! Eleven-year-old Amar'e Stoudemire has a lot going on. He loves to go skateboarding in the park. He takes his school work very seriously. He helps out with his dad's landscaping company. And he likes to play basketball with his best friends-but just for fun. When a…  See more details below

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STAT: Standing Tall And Talented-- A slam-dunk new fiction series from NBA superstar Amar'e Stoudemire! Eleven-year-old Amar'e Stoudemire has a lot going on. He loves to go skateboarding in the park. He takes his school work very seriously. He helps out with his dad's landscaping company. And he likes to play basketball with his best friends-but just for fun. When a group of older kids start disrespecting his boys on their neighborhood basketball court, there is only one solution. Amar'e must step in and use his athletic ability and intelligence to save the day. This experience leads Amar'e to realize that basketball is his true passion. Based on the life of All-Star NBA sensation Amar'e Stoudemire, who overcame many obstacles to become one of the most popular figures in sports today. Amar'e is just as versatile in his off the court life as he is on. He is devoted to several charities. He promotes literacy and education. He is a media darling. And he has an amazing story to tell in this heartfelt, accessible middle-grade series.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
NBA All-Star Stoudemire launches a series based on his own life with this slim, quick-moving novel about 11-year-old Amar'e, who lives in a Florida town with his father and older brother. The title ?of the series, STAT, which is Amar'e's ?father's nickname for him, stands for "Standing Tall And Talented": "That's how he wanted me to act and who he wanted me to be." An honor roll student and a loyal friend, Amar'e strives to live up to his father's expectations and grabs the opportunity to right a wrong when bullies take over the neighborhood basketball court. For control of the court, Amar'e and his friends challenge the older players to a game, winner take all. The game's rapid-fire play-by-play constitutes a good chunk of the book and will keep basketball fans riveted. Yet this well-rounded story is as much about friendship and family as on-court action. The characters' easygoing, slang-studded dialogue is zingy, and Amar'e's voice is refreshingly real. Final art not seen by PW. Ages 8–12. Agents: Happy Walters, Rogue Sports; Aaron Spiewak, Designers Management Agency; Cathy Hemming, McCormick and Williams. (Aug.)
Children's Literature - Greta Holt
Amar'e Stoudemire's life is sailing along without a hitch. Amar'e sits with his crew at lunch, is an ace on the neighborhood basketball court, takes his school work seriously, and works with his dad on landscaping assignments. Dad is strict but loving. Amar'e is a fine skateboarder, and he likes to practice new tricks as much as he likes to play basketball. Then, at the about the same time Amar'e's father notices that someone is trashing his landscaping, Amar'e and his friends are bullied from their neighborhood basketball court by some older guys. Amar'e does not want to get involved, and all the boys hope that the bullies will find another place to play. They do not. Rather than fight them, though, Amar'e's friends play a game against the bullies. Amar'e doesn't play that first game, preferring to practice his skateboarding. The bullies do not play fair, roughing up the younger team. Amar'e decides to play the older team, and again, they play dirty. Amar'e goes to his dad for advice. Dad understands that Amar'e does not want to be known only as a good basketball player, but he encourages his son to take care of his turf, just as Dad takes care of his landscaping business. The result is another game, attended by many of the school's kids. Part of the "STAT" series. Reviewer: Greta Holt
Kirkus Reviews
NBA star Stoudemire draws on his own childhood and nickname, STAT (Standing Tall and Talented), to pen the first in a series of chapter books that celebrate sports, smarts and friendship. Amar'e is a bright 11-year-old who loves many different things. He is as at home on his skateboard, working on his jumps, as he is on a basketball court, working on his moves. He is a good student, and he enjoys warm relationships with his older brother and father. Friends want him to participate in their upcoming tournament, but Amar'e is reluctant to commit to one sport, something his father understands. "Son, we both know you've got a gift for basketball," he says. "But your greatest gift is just being you." When a group of older boys make it impossible to play basketball on a neighborhood court, Amar'e devises a strategy to return the court to open play for the entire community. Working to resolve the conflict helps him understand the lessons of Dr. King. This first in a series of chapter books geared to young males hits all the major points in encouraging boys to read: sports, peer relationships, the value of hard work and family support. The basketball scenes are, not surprisingly, the strength of this serviceable narrative, and Amar'e is a likable protagonist. Though heavy on message, this will help address the dearth of chapter books featuring children of color positively engaged in the normal adventures of life. (Fiction. 8-12)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780545473996
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
08/01/2012
Series:
STAT: Standing Tall and Talented Series , #1
Sold by:
Scholastic, Inc.
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
144
Sales rank:
483,579
File size:
3 MB
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author


Amar'e Stoudemire, Captain of the New York Knicks and a six-time NBA All-Star, is a well-respected professional basketball player who has left his mark on the game and the community through his award winning outreach. He is focused on creatively inspiring youth to avoid poverty through education. He is the father of three children.

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