The Outside Shot (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

The Outside Shot (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

by Walter Dean Myers
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The Outside Shot (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) by Walter Dean Myers

When Lonnie Jackson leaves Harlem for a basketball scholarship to a midwestern college, he know he must keep his head straight and his record clean. That's the only way he'll have a chance of making it to the pros someday.

But his street smarts haven't prepared him for the pressures of tough classes, high-stakes college ball, and the temptation to fix games for local gamblers. Everyone plays by a whole new set of rules — including Sherry, who's determined to be a track star. Her independence attracts Lonnie, but their on-again, off-again relationship is driving him crazy.

Lonnie has one year to learn how to make it as a "college man." It's his outside shot at a bright future. Does he have what it takes?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780808586050
Publisher: Turtleback Books
Publication date: 12/28/1986
Pages: 185
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.70(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Born in Marinsburg, West Virginia in 1937, Walter Dean Myers is one of the premier authors of books for children. His mother died very early in his life–an event that propelled him into experiences that later influenced him to write. It was difficult for Myers' father to raise eight children alone, and eventually, a nearby couple, Herbert and Florence Dean, took in three-year old Walter and moved to Harlem, New York. "Harlem became my home and the place where my first impressions of the world were set," says Myers.
As a child, Myers went to school in his neighborhood and attended bible school almost every day of the week. Myers had a speech impediment which made communicating difficult for him, and often found himself in fights, defending himself against kids who taunted him. After a while, one of this teachers suggested to his class that they could write something to read aloud. Young Myers began writing poetry to give voice to his thoughts and feelings, and at age sixteen, won a prize in an essay contest and a set of encyclopedias for a long narrative poem. Later, his father bought him a used typewriter, which he used to churn out a seemingly endless stream of stories.
Along with the many things he was discovering about himself, Myers was also learning how to survive. One day he had the courage to break up a fight between three gang members and a kid who had just moved into the neighborhood. He became a marked man–and felt his life was in danger.
For example, once, he was sitting in the tree in Morningside Park, across from the building he lived in, reading O'Neill's Mourning Becomes Electra, when some gang members spotted him and surrounded the tree. Myers jumped to the ground, flashed a stiletto in order to fend them off, and made a mad dash for his building. He escaped, but he never forgot the incident. Later he enlisted in the army, got married, had a child, went through a turbulent creative struggle, got divorced, got married again–and during all of this, kept writing, whether his work pleased him or not.
But Walter Dean Myers' life is not the story of a tormented, embittered artist. Rather it is the story of a gifted, complex person committed to sharing that gift with young readers. Myers' stories and novels paint a powerful picture of the pressures of growing up on big city streets. Yet, he emphasizes close relationships, trust, and personal growth.
It seems that one of Myers' greatest struggles was to understand what type of writer he wanted to be. As the years passed and his books became more and more popular, Walter Dean Myers came to believe that his work filled a void for African American youths who yearned for positive reading experiences and role models. He frequently writes about children who share similar economic and ethnic situations with his own childhood. "But my situation as a parent did not mirror that of my childhood," he says. "While my parents were quite poor, my children are thoroughly entrenched in the middle class experience. To them African prints go well with designer jeans, pizzas go down easier to a reggae beat, and shopping malls are an unmistakable part of their culture."
It is clear that Myers' understanding of both the world he was raised in and the world of his children allows him to bring an authority to his work that resonates with his young readers. It is one of many attributes that has made him one of the most important children's and young adult authors writing today. Among his many honors are two Newbery Honor books for 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' novel, Darnell Rock Reporting, is a warm and humorous story about thirteen-year-old Darnell Rock–a boy who works on his school newspaper. The book is sure to appeal to reluctant readers. Myers' recent picture book, How Mr. Monkey Saw the Whole World, is a cautionary fable about a watchful monkey who sees that a greedy buzzard gets his comeuppance.
Myer’s recent work, 145th Street: Short Stories (A Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Book) captures the heartbeat of one memorable block in Harlem, New York. These powerful, often gripping stories range from humor and celebration to terror and grief.
Walter Dean Myers, the father of three grown children, lives with his wife in Jersey City, New Jersey.

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isis sapp-grant More than 1 year ago
I like his books because there's so much to learn from them. The things that go on in his stories are real for some people,the things that come to most people in life can be much harder for others to achieve.It teaches you to be grateful for what you are blessed enough to have.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Book I read was "the outside shot" by Walter Dean Myers. It's about a young adult named Lonnie Jackson, he gets drafted to play college Basketball at a mid-western college. When he gets to college, he meets a room mate named Colin Young and they become best friends. So through out the book he starts running into lots of problems. He meets a girl named Sherry and she ends up as his girl friend, then their off and on. Then he starts to blow off his basketball games because he gambles on them, His grades start to fall. Then he's trying to be a role modle for this kid named Eddie. He gets in a fight with his coach and can't play. Just alot of drama in the book. But if you want to know what happends at the end of the book you have to read The outside Shot. But you have to read Hoops to understand The Outside shot.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Chris Donabedian Tuesday, September 18, 2007 Period 4 Hoops By Walter Dean Myers This book is mainly about how seventeen year old Lonnie Jackson of Harlem believed in himself and came out a champion. Lonnie Jackson, a 17 year old black guy, isn't that well educated so he uses a lot of slang and cursing words. The word he uses the most is ain¿t. He makes people feel awful about themselves because he didn¿t have a very good childhood. He also doesn¿t know a variety of vocabulary because he was in a conversation with a smart man and he didn¿t know half the words he was saying. I think that he really needs to get a better education. Lonnie Jackson is pretty good about dressing himself. He usually dresses himself in basketball clothes but he wears normal shoes (not basketball shoes). He tries to find clothing from the NY Knicks which is his favorite basketball team. He sags his shorts extremely low and they look like they are coming off. His girlfriend, Mary-Ann, hates that he does that. She always tries to pull them up for him but he just curses at her. If he got his act together, he would look a lot better than he does. Lonnie has some serious problems in his head. He always thinks of killing the people that he hates like Tyrone and his gang because Tyrone keeps beating up his coach Cal. He thinks about Cal a lot like how he is doing because he always disappears for days at a time. In addition, Lonnie is always thinking of what Mary-Ann and Lonnie would become if they stayed together. He thinks that they should be together and he also thinks that they shouldn¿t be together. He is a pretty smart person but just needs to stop thinking about killing other people. Because he treats people poorly they are pretty rude back to him. At the end of the story he almost got killed defending his friend when he was jumped by some guys. They started beating on each other and he got stabbed by a man with a knife. Although he got beat up Mary-Ann treats him like a god. She does whatever he says to do just like a servant. Cal is pretty nice to Lonnie but only because he has to be. Lonnie is a pretty fine kid but can be a very dreadful kid at the same time. Lonnie Jackson is getting into a lot of mischief lately like stealing stuff from the liquor store by his work and getting knifed by his enemies. He got knifed because he was trying to protect his good friend Cal and he stole stuff from the liquor store because he needed the cash. He also treats the community like they are his slaves. He tries to manipulate them to think he is superior even though he isn¿t. He is a pretty smart person, though. Lonnie Jackson is a really smart kid that needs help to control his anger and get his life on track. Chris Donabedian Tuesday, September 18, 2007 Period 4 Hoops By Walter Dean Myers Mood The book Hoops has a very disturbing mood throughout the whole story. The mood is disturbing because it takes place in the ghetto where people rob and beat people who didn¿t do anything to them. The main character, Lonnie Jackson, and his good friend Cal get jumped by a few people that work at a club. In addition, another friend Ox gets shot near the beginning of this story for stealing from his boss. There is also a happy mood in this story because Lonnie¿s basketball team comes from behind to win an extremely important game which was on the news. They came back from 18 points and won the game by only 1 point. It¿s a pretty inspirational book for anyone who likes basketball. Setting The book takes place in Harlem. Harlem is a poor part of New York City. It takes place mostly in the daytime but some of the book is at night. The weather was perfect throughout the whole story. Most of the action takes place while the main character, Lonnie Jackson, is playing basketball. It¿s pretty horrifying in the beginni
Guest More than 1 year ago
Lonnie Jackson gets recruited to play basketball for Monteclare university. When he gets there he has a hard time getting used to college life. He has todeal with school work, girls, and basketball. He meets a girl named Sherry who helps him with his problems. During the games Coach Leeds is hard on him. He also has to help Eddy with his condition. This is a story of triumph and caring for others. I liked this book because as an athelete I can relate to Lonnie. I understand the troubles he was going through with school. any athelete can relate to this book and find something you have incommon with this book. I would recommend The Outside Shot by Walter Dean Meyers to any athelete. Especially basketball players. This book shows the life struggles of Lonnie and his team.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book is good and very interesting and if you like basketball i will reccomend this book to you
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've read 'The Outside Shot' by Walter Dean Myers. Myers has written another great basketball novel. This book is about a kid in Harlem, New York who gets a scholarship to a college in Indiana. Lonnie faces many challenges at Monteclare. He is short on cash, he is trying to make the basketball team, he has a crush on a girl and so much more. I reccomend this book to any b-ball lover, it will sure intrest you.The outside shot is the sequal to Hoops, Slam! is also a basketball book written by Walter Dean Myers. This story is told on Lonnie's point of veiw. Myers really knows how to put yourself in someone elses shoes who really loves basketball. Mike A
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is absuloutely AMAZING, its about a kid named Lonnie who goes to college and plays ball along the way he gets in to some trouble falls in love and is a hero
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was a great sequel to hoops and inspired me to try and get a scholarship in Basketball. It was humorous and taught that basketball was not a one-man game. I enjoyed Collin, Lonnie roommate in college because he stuck with him. Enjoy!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think that this book is meant for you people to read. It is a book that people would love to read, because it touches the soul, and the feelings of young teenagers. I am a young teenager only a sophmore, and I love to play basketball. I've been playing since I was in the 7th grade and I continued to play until my freshmen year. I couldn't play my sophmore year because I hurt my arm in an accident, but starting my junior year I will be back again. I've been startin since I was in the 7th grade. I played J.V., and varsity as a freshmen. I hope to go on and succeed, so that I can get a scholarship to go to school and play basketball.
DhErMaN More than 1 year ago
Walter Dean Myers is one of the worst authors. I read Hoops. Within the first 10 pages, I hated it. I read Briefcase (one of his short stories). Ridiculous. I would NOT want to read anymore of his ridiculous slang, and ridiculous names. Example: For a guy who just shot a little girl, his name is Pookie. Not kidding. Walter Dean Myers can't write, so don't read this.