How Lamar's Bad Prank Won a Bubba-Sized Trophy

How Lamar's Bad Prank Won a Bubba-Sized Trophy

by Crystal Allen


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Thirteen-year-old Lamar Washington is the maddest, baddest, most spectacular bowler at Striker's Bowling Paradise. But while Lamar's a whiz at rolling strikes, he always strikes out with girls. And Lamar's brother is no help—Xavier earns trophy after trophy on the basketball court and soaks up Dad's attention, leaving no room for Lamar's problems.

Then bad boy Billy Jenks convinces Lamar that hustling at the alley will help him win his dream girl, plus earn him enough money to buy an expensive pro ball and impress celebrity bowler Bubba Sanders. But when Billy's scheme goes awry, Lamar ends up ruining his brother's shot at college and damaging every relationship in his life. Can Lamar figure out how to mend his broken ties, no matter what the cost?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061992735
Publisher: HarperCollins US
Publication date: 08/14/2012
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 425,703
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Crystal Allen is the author of How Lamar's Bad Prank Won a Bubba-Sized Trophy, which received a Florida Sunshine State Award Master List nomination and was a Junior Library Guild selection. She is also the author of the acclaimed middle grade novels The Laura Line, The Magnificent Mya Tibbs: Spirit Week Showdown, and The Magnificent Mya Tibbs: The Wall of Fame Game. She currently lives in Sugar Land, Texas, with her husband, Reggie, and two sons, Phillip and Joshua. You can visit her website at

What People are Saying About This

Neal Shusterman

“Crystal Allen has the rare ability to make you laugh out loud one minute and swell with tears the next. The tween book world has a new hero—Lamar Washington —as well as a brilliant new author who’s bound to win a Bubba-sized trophy herself!”

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How Lamar's Bad Prank Won a Bubba-Sized Trophy 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is ok and funny
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was so funny!
lilibrarian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Lamar is known for the pranks he pulls. He is also the "King of Strikers" and bowling is his thing. His brother Xavier, is knows as "Xavier the basketball savior" and is star of the YMCA league. Since their mother died, Xavier has anger issues the boys don't always get along. After one violent encounter, Lamar decides to get revenge.
bibliovermis on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. Lamar, the main character, is really funny and relatable. The book was both fun and sad¿Lamar's relationship with his family, which is struggling through an enormous loss, was really heart wrenching. I can imagine some of the slang in the book getting old rather quickly, but it was a really good read.Despite the main character being a 13-year-old, I would definitely call this a young adult book, not a juvenile fiction book.
KWROLSEN on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
It took me a few tries to start this book and stick with it. It was hard to get used to Allen¿s writing, as she took the perspective of a 13 year old boy. As I continued to read, I connected with the story. Despite the extensive humor and Lamar¿s love of bowling (an interesting choice in itself), Allen includes very serious topics. These include the death of his mother, physical abuse from his brother, and impulsive choices that teenagers often make. I was particularly impressed that Allen chose to include the real life consequences of poor choices, especially the effect on one¿s reputation. This is a very important, realistic consequence of choices that is rarely related to youngsters. Allen included this point in a straightforward, relatable way. I do not regret spending my Sunday curled up on the couch reading about Lamar and his bad prank.
curioussquared on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book took me quite a while to get into and I had problems sticking with it throughout the entire thing. The plot was surprisingly sophisticated compared to the writing style and tone and I actually found myself fairly invested after getting about halfway through. For me, however, the huge, insurmountable problem with this book was the slang. It's supposed to be from the point of view of a thirteen year-old boy, but no thirteen year-old boy I've ever met speaks like this. Phrases such as (and I remember this word for word) "She's all up in my Kool-Aid and she doesn't even know the flavor" really served no purpose for me other than to make the book less enjoyable. They're funny, yes, but there's a limit; sentences like this popped up on every page. Perhaps I'm not giving Allen enough credit, and younger kids would enjoy the writing style, but it was a deal breaker for me. I did feel emotionally involved with the book at various points in the story and I honestly think Allen is doing herself a disservice with this dumbed-down style. She really can write, but I just couldn't get past the absurdity of some of her style and word choices in this book. I just honestly feel the story would be so much more powerful and successful without the shield of poorly-chosen language.
Tara22 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I was pleasantly surprised by this story which is about thirteen-year-old Lamar, the King of Strikers bowling alley. This story is Lamar¿s, his thoughts, dreams, about his friends and family, and about coming to peace with yourself after making some bad decisions. Lamar is a really good bowler (they don¿t call just anyone the king) and he is on the Honor Roll, but his brother Xavier the basketball savior gets everyone¿s attention, even their fathers. Lamar is growing up, trying to find a girlfriend, spending his days bowling, and dealing with a severe case of asthma which makes it hard. The language was a little hard for me to get used to, but once I came to understand who Lamar was I was on his side through thick and thin.
LutherAnn on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book has a slow start with an excessive amount of slang, which gives this book a pretty short shelf life as slang changes quickly. For the most part, it seemed to me that the slang and the witty sayings were created just for this story. I have never heard a student speak in this fashion - and certainly not to this extent. This book would have been excellent without all of the slang, though there did seem to be less of it toward the middle/end of the book. The actual plot of this book is good. It says that the recommended age group for this book is third grade. As a teacher, there is no way that I would use this book with third graders. The abstract concepts in this book are more suited to a middle school age level, though the language does not match that. The extremely long title was actually a deterrent to reading the book. "Lamar's bad prank" would have been long enough.Overall, I liked the plot and characters in this book and would have enjoyed it so much more if the language would have been richer instead of overflowing with slang.
mikitchenlady on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
As a fan of bowling (married a guy who had his own ball) and middle school fiction, I selected this choice as my Early Reviewer¿s edition a few months ago, expecting an enjoyable read. Unfortunately, I was disappointed with the language and the tone of the book, plus the attitudes of the characters, and applied the Nancy Pearl rule (where you read 100 pages minus your age to determine if it¿s worth reading further). I had some empathy for Lamar as the story began. In a motherless family, with a cool, distant older brother and a father just trying to hold things together, it¿s hard for Lamar to make his way in life, figure out who he is. He¿s all tough talking, planning to conquer the world with bowling, especially after the announcement that Bubba Sanders is coming to Striker¿s Bowling Paradise. He¿s also trying to figure out how to find a girlfriend, developing an interest in Makeda, previously dissed by him and his buddies. But in the pages I read, I never liked Lamar. I found him distant, manipulative, with just too much street talking for me to connect to. Perhaps the fact that I¿m an older white woman makes the difference, and this book would appeal to middle school boys, especially African American ones. But I¿m not sure just the language discouraged me. I¿ve read selections by Coe Booth, and loved them, so I think the author has to help the reader empathize with this protagonist sooner in order to get them to stick with the story. I know I didn¿t.
reneemrobbins on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. At first it was difficult to get used to the slang and I would have preferred it to not have included so much. I had a hard time relating to Lamar because of the slang, but I did get very involved in the book. It was difficult, at times, to follow the story because the slang was so ethnic I did not understand what was being implied. Even with all the slang difficulties I really got attached to Lamar and found myself getting emotional in the story. There was one point when I cried, not just had tears! The reader can not help but feel for this poor young boy as he goes through difficulties. I think it was a good book with a great moral.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the best book ever
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is so awsome and I liked it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am reading this book in my real livrary and it is awsome this is one of me favprte books of all times
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good book just ok Ages 9-14
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Its book it very funny and nasty and fun .read it its a good book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm still reading this book and in to it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The author came to our school and is really funny and nice. She helped us make up a story, which was fun!! I am going to buy this book in hard copy and get her to sign it