by Walter Dean Myers


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By the groundbreaking author of the award-winning Monster–a visionary who influenced and inspired a generation–this fast-paced and poignant story reveals the fierce underworld of sports.

All eyes are on seventeen-year-old Lonnie Jackson while he practices with his team for a city-wide basketball Tournament of Champions. His coach, Cal, knows Lonnie has what it takes to be a pro basketball player, but warns him about giving in to the pressure. Cal knows because he, too, once had the chance—but sold out.

As the tournament nears, Lonnie learns that some heavy bettors want Cal to keep him on the bench so that the team will lose the championship. As the last seconds of the game tick away, Lonnie and Cal must make a decision. Are they willing to blow the chance of a lifetime?   

An ALA-YALSA Best Book for Young Adults    

New York Times Bestselling Author
3-Time National Book Award Finalist
Michael L. Printz Award
5 Coretta Scott King Awards
2 Newbery Honors
National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature (2012-2013)
Margaret A. Edwards Award for Lifetime Achievement
Children’s Literature Legacy Award

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307976116
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 02/14/2012
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 49,426
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile: 740L (what's this?)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

WALTER DEAN MYERS was one of the premier authors of children’s books. Random House Children’s Books is the publisher of many of his titles, including On a Clear Day, 145th Street: Short Stories, Hoops, The Outside Shot, and What They Found: Love on 145th Street. Among his many honors are Monster, the first Printz award winner and two Newbery Honor Books, Scorpions and Somewhere in the Darkness. He is also a two-time recipient of the Coretta Scott King Award, for Now Is Your Time! and Fallen Angels. In addition, Myers has received the Margaret A. Edwards Award for his contribution to young adult literature. Myers was also named the 2012-2013 National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature.

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One of the things my father used to say was how his days were piling up on him. When I told him I didn’t know what that meant, he said one day I would.

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Copyright © 2012 Walter Dean Myers.
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Hoops 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 72 reviews.
Bradley33 More than 1 year ago
Hoops Walter Dean Myers Lonnie Jackson is a seventeen-year old boy from Harlem, New York with basketball on his mind. The major theme of this book is "If you really wanted it, Go out and get it". When you get more into the book Lonnie grows out of his kid age and is getting ready to turn into a grown man, making his own decisions. Lonnie is a strong character that is waiting on his opportunities to make it the NBA. The only thing holding him back is the pressure between basketball and life. Cal, Lonnie's basketball coach once had a chance to be in the NBA but he got tied up in betting on the games he was playing. Cal really wants Lonnie to make further than he did in the basketball game. So he is showing him the right and wrong things to do in life and in basketball. The major conflict of the book is how Lonnie will make it to the good life of the NBA. Will he make it or not? This book has a lot of good basketball talk and does a really good job of describing the surroundings in the city of Harlem. Understand what's going on in this book is fairly easy. Just pay attention to the book and understand what's going on and it'll keep you on the edge of your seat. Since the book was written in first person it doesn't really change the perspective of the book. Hoops could have been written in any other point of view and still wouldn't be able to change the excitement of the book. The way that Walter Dean Myers shows intensity of the basketball games in this book is just like all his other books, exciting and it'll keep you on the edge of you seat. Walter Dean Myers likes to show all the excitement at once then slows it down and bring the excitement back up to the highest point. The things that Walter Dean Myers did that I liked was how he keep me wondering what's going to happen in the next chapter and wondering if the book was a little different if the ending would've been the same. Lonnie doesn't really know what he is going to get himself into and since Cal was a basketball player and threw all his skills away then Cal can be there for Lonnie so he doesn't make that mistake like he did. That shows how much of a supporting character Cal is to Lonnie. Hoops by Walter Dean Myers was a really good book and I would recommend it to all teens boys that like sports and also girls but not to all girls. I give this book a thumbs up but I give Walter Dean Myers two thumbs up for doing his best at writing books.
nm.spring08.k.christ on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book was very interesting I like reading Walter Dean Myers so I knew what to expect when I first started reading this. I was always wanted to keep reading. The basketball aspect made this story even more interesting to me. I thought it was kind of cheesy when he said that Cal played with Oscar Robertson and other great NBA stars
ElizabethHank on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I think that Hoops was a very good book. i liked it not only because it was about basketball, but because it was good.
ondrejspursfan on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is another one of Myers' great books. Lonnie tries outfor the basketball team but when he finds out that his coach is Cal (who he thinks is a drunk0 he is not happy. But, as the book progresses Cal reveals more fascinating information about himself. The book seems to flow around basketball, but has a lot of other parts of the plot to flow with the game.
Neel_Vachhani More than 1 year ago
Hoops, in my opinion is the best book I read this summer. Lonnie Jackson, The seventeen-year old basketball star, and his coach Cal, a professional NBA star entered a city wide tournament. Cal and his team were facing some strong games and some hard and tough moments, but eventually they all got through it, and now I will share the story with you. In the beginning, he was at the Grant, the place he worked at, and his friend Paul told him about a city-wide basketball tournament, and the thought ya I will join I love basketball. It was the tryouts and he went there ready to play ball. He entered the gym and saw about 15 people playing ball. After the tryouts, he was having a heat stroke, but all of it payed off when good news came in and he got on the team. So his found out his teammates are Paul, Jo Jo, Ox, and some other teens. So good news shared around town and the day came for his first practice and he was excited to play and meets some ball players. So practice was like any other practice 5 v 5, practicing plays, and other things. First game comes along, It's Harlem V.S Morningside Comanches. In the first half the cream though. Then in the second half the Guest team was catching up. Close to the end and the can see by the score that they are going to lose. So finally they walked out of the gym sad, and mad with the score at just 5 points below the Morningside Comanches. So the championships were off to a bad start. After the game they found out cal got arrested because he got in a fight, so Lonnie and Cal's wife Auggie had to bail him out of jail with $300. so they got him out of jail and continued with the tournament. It's the finals game, but the thing was that Lonnie was kick out of the tournament because he was back talking to much with the refs. It was a tough game, especially without Lonnie. Today's game was Harlem V.S Manhattan. The best one on opposing team, Tomkins was in, but the hard thing was that Lonnie couldn't play. The first half was tough. By half time they were down by 15 points, so Lonnie went and did his own thing, and went out in the second half because, first of all it was the finals game and it would be sad to just watch your own team play and lose, and second, why would he listen to O, Daniel (the one who is in charge of the tournament, and the one that kicked him out of it) if his team was losing bad. So suprising O, Daniel let it slide and they caught up and won by 1 point! The score was 93-92. But the thing is the story ended on a sad note, and Cal got murdered by his enemies, the one he got in a fight with. I think if I had to give this a rating, I would give it a 5 Star. So I think the main message, theme, and life lesson was: "If you really wanted it, Go out and get it" I think if I had to give this a rating, I would give it a 5 Star The End Of My Book Review
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Waseem More than 1 year ago
Walter Dean Myers has made tons of novels of inner city life. One of those books that became a novel was called "Hoops". I picked this book from the beginning is because I love the game of basketball and the biggest reason is because Walter Dean Myers made it. I recommend this book to a person who is interested in hoops, friends and family, and inner city drama. The narrator is Lonnie Jackson, who is very relaxed in a certain way. He plays basketball out on the streets all day and night with his friends. He meets a guy named Carl, Carl used to play in the NBA until he was kicked out for a terrible mistake he did when he was playing basketball a long time ago. Carl turns out to be Lonnie Jackson and Lonnie's friends coach for the tournament about to be held in the FedEx Forum. In the tournament the best team and players on that team will be recruited to have a free full basketball scholarship and that is what Lonnie Jackson is going for. This book is amazing; Walter Dean Myers can drag you into that book like you are in it. The best part is when Lonnie Jackson is playing basketball because that is all of the best action in the book is. I would encourage other people to read not only this book but many other that Walter Dean Myers has made. I really don't think the book made Walter Dean Myers great, I think Walter Dean Myers made the book great.
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ZeroG57 More than 1 year ago
This was my first book by Walter Dean Myers and I really liked it. This is a must read, especially for kids and the only difficulty I had was reading some slang phrases that didn't make sense to me. Don't let that discourage you though, TRUST ME IT'S WORTH IT!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book in my own words should be read by children and even adults everywhere. This book is about a young man named Lonnie who is African American, 17, and who lives in Harlem,Newyork. He has such a great passion for basketball; and one day as he is practicing his shooting, he realizes a man lying on the court as if that were his property. Lonnie kicked him and tried to drag him out the park...The man started singing, "Your Feets Too Big" by Ada Benson and Fred Fisher. Lonnie was already confused, so he grabbed the man by the collar and tried to push him out the court when the man suddenly pulled out a knife. Lonnie had to back off because he was nervous the man was going to hurt him. The book continues but if you want to find out more about this wonderful book read it because it will make you think, get excited, make you cry, but excited all over agian. Enjoy your day(s)
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Lonnie Jackson is a young man from Harlem. Basketball is a big part of his life and he always stands up for what he believes in. During this book the main character grows up and learns to act more like a man than a kid. Along with the subplots and characters, the dialect is authentic to the mid 70s. Young adults will enjoy this book because they can relate to some of the things Lonnie goes through. Walter Dean Myers showed his background when writing this book. The vocabulary at some times can be hard to understand because of the Ebonics he uses, but overall the vocabulary is fairly good. The story stays intense it doesn¿t get as dull and there are many surprises. The character s is mostly serious but they have their own personality and the blend together well. The setting is in Harlem and the people and places seem authentic. This book favors the teenage crowd but if adults need a recreation book this can certainly be that. Children that don¿t have over a 7th grade reading level should not read this book because of the dialect and mild violence. All-in-all, this is a book I hope many read and enjoy.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a nice book. I had to read it and it wasn't so bad. it was actually kind of interesting and funny at times.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I gave the book a four because i play basketball and it interested me but not enough for a five. Also the book is pretty good and i like it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I enjoy reading and I am VERY athletic. I wan to go to UT and play in the WNBA, so i thought, oh gee look a basketball book. I didn¿t like this story because of many reasons. The author wrote it in first person, which grew to be very irritating and distracting. The beginning was really slow, but I thought it might get better. It didn¿t. Even though I play basketball half of the story didn¿t even make sense. You can try readin it, but I dind't like it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Lonnie Jackson is a middle aged teenager living in Harlem, New York. His living conditions aren¿t all that great. His one thing he really loves is basketball. He stumbles upon Cal ¿spider¿ Jones at the park court one night. Cal gets involved with Lonnie¿s basketball and throughout the book Lonnie keeps learning new things about Cal¿s past. The two of them become pretty tight and Cal starts coaching a team with Lonnie on it. He gets them into a big tournament and the story really takes off from there. This book has a lot of good basketball talk and does a really good job of describing the surroundings in the city. As the book goes on you keep learning new interesting details and in the end I love how they all come together to form this story. The book is not part of a series and I think mainly boys would enjoy this book because there¿s a lot of basketball and a lot of things that boys are more interested in than girls.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is great for people as young as 12 and also great for aduklts as well. It is a great written book and it keeps the reader interested in the entire book all the way through. This is a short and intermidiate skill level. But it has soome bad language in it . So it is to recomended for peopl eunder the age og 12.