LeBron James: The Rise of a Star

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Overview

An up-close look at young LeBron James when he was basketball's hottest prospect, poised at the brink of superstardom.

Sportswriter David Lee Morgan covered the LeBron phenomenon for the Akron Beacon Journal starting with LeBron?s freshman year in high school and had unequaled access to LeBron, his family, and his close friends. He saw the exceptional play on the basketball court and the surprising poise with which LeBron has handled the ...

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Overview

An up-close look at young LeBron James when he was basketball's hottest prospect, poised at the brink of superstardom.

Sportswriter David Lee Morgan covered the LeBron phenomenon for the Akron Beacon Journal starting with LeBron’s freshman year in high school and had unequaled access to LeBron, his family, and his close friends. He saw the exceptional play on the basketball court and the surprising poise with which LeBron has handled the pressure, the scrutiny, the criticism that arrived with the early onset of fame.

The odds were against James from the start. Born in poverty to a 16-year-old single mom, without a stable home for the first decade of his life, LeBron could have become just one more scarred product of a rough childhood in the projects. Instead, he became the darling of the sports world—and he plays the part well.

He was called the best high school basketball player ever. He made the cover of Sports Illustrated as a junior, was featured on national television, and signed more than $100 million in promotional contracts before the end of his senior year. It was no surprise when he became the no-doubt-about-it No. 1 pick in the NBA draft right after high school graduation.

This is a story for any fan who wants to get to know LeBron better, and for anyone curious about how a high-school basketball phenom is made.

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Editorial Reviews

American Library Association
Selected as one of the year’s best books for Reluctant Young Adult Readers.
Booklist
An intimate look at James’ life and incredible basketball career . . . a well-rounded, personal portrait of the young superstar, which does an excellent job of depicting the intense pressure and scrutiny James and his family had to endure when he became basketball’s hottest prospect. Sixty color photographs will entice sports fans to this inspiring, well-written biography.
— Ed Sullivan
Cleveland Magazine
Reads like LeBron on the break—quick and controlled—with a good mix of photos . . . Along the way [you’ll discover] some things that you might not know about LeBron, even if you’ve been following his career since he was . . . well, a kid.
— Steve Gleydura
School Library Journal
A portrait of a boy who almost always had that special spark that defines him in the NBA today . . . Morgan doesn’t gloss over the controversy that surrounded the player when he accepted gifts as an amateur, a violation of the high school rules. He just comes across as a typical teen who sometimes screws up, albeit one with a prodigious talent.
The Plain Dealer
Morgan’s years covering James for the Beacon Journal have given him a depth of understanding . . . It’s a story of persistence, focus and strong loyalties with appeal well beyond the ranks of sports fans.
— Donna Marchetti
WKBN AM Radio
A behind-the-scenes, in-depth, touch-your-heart kind of book.
— Rob Mangino
School Library Journal
Adult/High School-LeBron James truly has become a star. After appearing on the cover of Sports Illustrated and having his high school basketball games broadcast on ESPN, he was the first pick of the lowly Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2003 NBA draft, and actually had them in playoff contention. The book is a breezier read than Ryan Jones's King James (St. Martin's, 2003) and doesn't weigh readers down with scores and statistics. Through interviews with those who knew LeBron while he was growing up (poor but loved in Akron, OH), the author draws a portrait of a boy who almost always had that special spark that defines him in the NBA today. Two inserts of color photographs depict the athlete from toddlerhood to recent NBA draftee, and most show him with his recognizable smile-and truly having fun with his gift. Morgan doesn't gloss over the controversy that surrounded the player when he accepted gifts as an amateur, a violation of the high school rules. He just comes across as a typical teen who sometimes screws up, albeit one with a prodigious talent. Demand for all things LeBron James may soon overtake demand for all things Michael Jordan, just as LeBron's statistics are rivaling those of a young Michael.-Jamie Watson, Enoch Pratt Free Library, Baltimore Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781886228740
  • Publisher: Gray & Company, Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/16/2003
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 172
  • Sales rank: 274,575
  • Age range: 12 years
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

David Lee Morgan, Jr. was a sports reporter for the Akron Beacon Journal from 1995 to 2010, where he won several awards for his coverage of high school sports, including the James A. Sutherland Award, given to the top rookie reporter in Northeast Ohio. He is a former high school and collegiate athlete.

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Table of Contents

Big Night

Hickory Street

On the Move

Organized Sports

Spring Hill

AAU

Coach Dambrot

Freshman Year

Eddie

Sophomore Year

Five-Star

Football

Junior year

Trying to Stay Normal

Senior Year: Big Time

A Role Model

Controversy

The Hummer

Jersey Trouble

Friends to the End

Shoe War

Chosen

Acknowledgments

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2013

    "Started from the bottom now were here.¿  This quote explai

    "Started from the bottom now were here.”  This quote explains LeBron’s life he started from the 
    bottom in poverty and now he’s at the top a finals MVP. The book Rise of a Star by David Lee Morgan is 
    about LeBron James and how he tries to overcome all his troubles to become a super star. In the book 
    LeBron finds himself in trouble with the NCAA, which could put his basketball career in jeopardy. I think 
    the book is a really good book because if you like basketball, then you would be able to relate easily to 
    the book. I think the book is for boy and girls because both play basketball and would enjoy it.  

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 4, 2009

    Lebron james lies

    I think the book was ludicris it was not the truth at all he did not come from a very poor fammily I am writing a book now telling the whole truth about lebron stay tuned

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2008

    A reviewer

    In the book, LeBron James Rise of the Star, by David Lee Morgan JR, this book shows what LeBron James, a high school phenomenon and now an NBA star had to go through and what lead him to becoming such a great basketball player. The genre of this book is non-fiction and the theme is what it really takes to become an NBA player straight out of high school. In the beginning of the book, it talks about Lebron at a young age and some of the bad experiences he had to go through. One experience that was really sad was when LeBron¿s grandmother who everybody loved, died on Christmas morning, so Gloria (LeBron¿s mom) did not tell LeBron about it so he would have a great Christmas. This book was not only a sad book because LeBron and his teammates knew how to win and they did a lot of it. Throughout high school, St. Vincent St. Mary¿s (LeBron¿s high school) won three championships. When they lost one year, LeBron thought that the game was his fault and felt terrible about the loss. In his junior year in high school, (the year after they lost the championship) LeBron was really starting to love football maybe more then basketball. If he had chosen basketball over football, he still would have had a very productive career. You do not get many instances when you see a 6 foot 8 inch wide receiver that ran like a horse. Then, after playing a year of football, he just decided that basketball was going to be his main sport and he decided to drop playing football even though he loved it. He just was not going to risk the chance of getting a career ending injury and made a good choice by not taking the risk. Another reason to love this book is because during his senior year of high school, Gloria got LeBron a hummer for his birthday. One day while he was driving to his game, he got pulled over and Gloria came and took care of the situation just so LeBron would not miss senior night. When it was LeBron¿s turn to walk out with his mom, she was still dealing with the car situation so LeBron¿s teammates walked out with him together which really made it a great moment and you knew that those five players had a special bond. In conclusion, the book, LeBron James Rise of the Star, by David Lee Morgan JR, is a very heart warming book. It makes you feel good inside because even though LeBron suffered a lot while he was younger, he never got into any gangs and always got good grades. This means something to me when I hear that someone who came from a very poor family worked as hard as he could day in and out at school and just everyday. In the end, all of this paid off because now LeBron is the best basketball player in the NBA, which goes to show you that anyone can do anything.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2008

    The Life of LeBron

    The name of the book is The Rise of a Star by David Lee Morgan Jr. This book is a nonfiction account of NBA player LeBron James. This book dictates important milestones of LeBron¿s life from childhood into his high school years. It describes the hardships that he faced on his way to the NBA. It also tells about his childhood growing up, playing basketball and other sports. The main theme of this book is to never give up. This is illustrated throughout the book when Morgen talks about LeBron¿s turbulent childhood. His perseverance is also shown when people close to him passed away, like Eddie. Eddie¿s death didn¿t let this stop him, instead, he got right back on the court and won a Championship. This book would be a good read for someone who wants to find out more about LeBron and all of the aspects of his life. One element of the book that was confusing to me was the use of quotes. Occasionally, quotes were used and the context was not properly introduced or explained well which made the story confusing. One quote that I did like was when Lebron said ¿My Mother knows that you have to make most of your life, because tomorrow you might not wake up.¿(pg.83) This quote really represents the theme of this book, which is to never give up and to live life to the fullest. Although we are familiar with all of LeBrons successes, he was faced with much hardship along his road to stardom. He grew up in a very rough neighborhood and was forced to move frequently. Because he had to relocate so often, it was difficult for him to make friends. Eventually, things were so bad for his family that they were left homeless, need to live with friends or neighbors. I can relate strongly to this story. Although I haven¿t experienced some of his financial hardships, his drive in life is much like mine. LeBron played basketball all his life not to prove anything to anyone else but himself. He was determined to become a master of his craft and that¿s exactly what he did against all odds. When I want to reach a goal, literal or figurative, I try and try until I can¿t go on any longer. This is the same way for LeBron. He wouldn¿t stop until he was the best. Through reading this book, I have learned that success is possible despite hardships, and with hard work and determination anything is possible.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2008

    School Book Report

    I really liked the book Lebron James Rise of a Star. It really showed how tough of a childhood. It also had good depictions of all of the controversy he faced when playing baseketball at St. Vincient St. Mary. It showed me how no matter where you start you can always finish strong. It also showed me thatwhen friends stick together they can achieve better thing than one person can alone. So overall I really liked this book and recommend it

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2005

    AWESOME!!!!

    A great bio on a basketball genius. Recommend it for anyone is is interested in playing Basketball!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2005

    From A Fan

    It is the greatest book ever my opinion. It doesnt matter if u are doing a book report or reading for pleasure it is great.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 10, 2004

    ---UNBELIVABLE BOOK ---

    This book was a great book from start to finish...YOU must read this book . To all NBA fans .....go get and read this book ASAP

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2004

    Very Interesting

    This book was the best.I wasn't able to put this book down and this book was full of info about his ups and downs in his young years.I highly Recommend this book for all ages.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 19, 2003

    Appropriate for grade school libraries

    Although the author approaches his subject with great authority, the book itself is woefully lacking in...well everything. The reader is offered a number of fluff anecdotes and meaningless tidbits. Considering the author covered LeBron James long before anyone else, one would expect to read insights that other sportswriters wouldnt be able to offer. The writing is very bland and sophomoric. The text seems to be appropriate for grade school level readers. Perhaps the publishers thought that LeBron fans can only read at the 3rd grade level.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 7, 2003

    The REAL INSIDE story - of NBA'S next legend

    The book gives great detail on how Lebron James has made it to the NBA and the truly great person he is. The book brings great accuracy and is the most comprehensive read I've seen on the future star. The author of this book brings great authority with his long background covering Lebron before anyone else knew of him.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 18, 2003

    AWESOME BOOK! ----- A MUST READ!!!!!

    There is information in this book about LeBron that hasn't been made public. Very interesting and well written book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 23, 2003

    The Truth the Whole truth and nothing But

    Great Read...Fascinating insight on the the rise of a young star.

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    Posted September 13, 2009

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    Posted November 8, 2008

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