Swish: The Quest for Basketball's Perfect Shot

Overview

From three-pointers to slam dunks, Swish: The Quest for Basketball's Perfect Shot goes beyond the record books and explores all aspects of making a basket. This book features amazing shots, player profiles, and tons of trivia. Authors Mark Stewart and Mike Kennedy cover basketball from the late 1800s to modern times, showcasing top male and female players both at the college level and in the pros.

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Overview

From three-pointers to slam dunks, Swish: The Quest for Basketball's Perfect Shot goes beyond the record books and explores all aspects of making a basket. This book features amazing shots, player profiles, and tons of trivia. Authors Mark Stewart and Mike Kennedy cover basketball from the late 1800s to modern times, showcasing top male and female players both at the college level and in the pros.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Barbara Carroll Roberts
Any child—or adult—with even a passing interest in basketball will almost certainly enjoy this attractive book. While providing a brief history of the game's development, the book focuses on shots and shot-makers. Young readers will learn how each type of shot—from underhand free throws and set shots to fade-away jumpers and slam dunks—was developed, and which players were masters of each form. Famous buzzer-beaters are highlighted, along with all kinds of record-setting performances. The authors include both male and female players, and young fans may particularly enjoy seeing some of the extremely unathletic-looking superstars of the past. The book is visually appealing, with sharp, high-quality color photos gracing each two-page spread, a judicious use of sidebars, and a clean, uncluttered design. For basketball fans of all ages, this book is a treat. Back matter consists of an index and extensive list of resources, including both books and websites. Reviewer: Barbara Carroll Roberts
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Gr 4-8

Stewart and Kennedy offer an engaging history of the sport, followed by profiles of some of the most impressive shots of all time and the players who made them. Whether they are discussing amazing feats at the college or professional level, the tone is conversational and informative. As students are reading the chapter on different types of shots, they might be surprised to learn that the slam dunk was originally considered poor sportsmanship. Plenty of action photographs complement the text. The authors point out that basketball is the one sport that women have played as long as men, and the book achieves a good balance of coverage of men's and women's accomplishments in the game. This title is not as broad in scope as John Hareas's Basketball (DK, 2003) or Keltie Thomas's How Basketball Works (Maple Tree, 2005), but it is a solid addition. Casual fans and die-hard followers of the game will find a wide range of information in an accessible and compact package.-Kim Dare, Fairfax County Public Schools, VA

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Meet the Author

Mark Stewart has written more than 100 sports books for kids. Stewart graduated from Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, with a degree in history. He lives with his wife and daughters in New Jersey.

Mike Kennedy has contributed to more than 50 sports books for kids. He received an English degree from Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Born in New Jersey, he lives in Colorado.

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