Strong to the Hoopby John Coy, Leslie Jean-Bart (Illustrator)
By the author of "Night Driving, " a "Horn Book" Honor Book and one of the "New York Times" best books for 1997, "Strong to the Hoop" chronicles the story of 10-year-old James as he 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. Leslie Jean-Bart's photos convey the gritty pace of the game.
Meet the Author
John Coy is an award-winning author, who worked as a dishwasher, mattress maker, and tour guide before taking up writing. He's active in sports and is a member of the NBA Reading All-Star Team as part of the Read to Achieve program. John has traveled to all fifty states as well as to many countries internationally.
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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.