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Ten-year-old James tries to hold his own and prove himself on the basketball court when the older boys finally ask him to join them in a game.
Posted January 28, 2002
Flowing like street poetry, this story evokes the drama of an inner city scrub game between the Shirts and the Skins. An injury gets 10-year-old James invited to play basketball with his head-taller elders. He fumbles, fighting for respect, until his anger at being teased drives him 'strong to the hoop,' and even the teaser is pleased. 'It feels as good as the last day of school,' says James. Graphically striking, the photos, layout, even the font choice lend detail and richness to the sociology of the inner city neighborhood.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.