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Children's LiteratureMarcus loves basketball and his class is going on a field trip where they will meet his hero, Jason Carter, a professional basketball player, and Marcus is to be the spokesman for the class. Marcus has the usual growing-up problems—a twin sister who is taller than he is, a mom and dad who make him get his hair cut before the big day (he thought it made him look taller), and having his Carter jersey shrink when he washes so he can wear it the on the field trip. More seriously, he has a problem with going to school because he does not think he will ever use what he is learning there. The purpose of the story seems to be a reminder for children that there is more in the world than sports and that even those lucky enough to make it in professional sports should have another career to fall back on. Carter talks about his job as a basketball player: the long practices, early morning runs, weight training, studying plays and opponents' games, and consequences of being late for practice. He also talks about his college degree in chemistry and how important it is for his future when he can no longer play pro ball. Children will enjoy reading this book because they all relate to heroes although they may not relate to the underlying theme of planning for their futures. It is a quick read that will probably cause more enjoyment than reflection. 2005, Dial Books for Young Readers, Ages 8 to 12.