by Bob Krech


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It looked like every black kid in the school was going out for the team. And then me. Pale skin, long nose, sandy brown hair, and a cowlick that won’t stay down. I don’t know what I expected, but it wasn’t being the only white guy.

Black kids play basketball. White kids wrestle. That’s the way it is at Franklin High School and especially in Ray Wisniewski’s neighborhood, the tight knit Polish-American town of Greenville, New Jersey. But Ray’s got a passion for basketball, even after the varsity coach cuts him two years in a row. When a new coach comes on the scene, Ray’s luck rebounds, but now he has to deal with Robert, the team’s high scorer, a kid who hates Ray simply because he’s white.

As Ray fights to make his way onto the Franklin High Varsity, he finds that things are not as simple as he once thought—that a kind friend can be full of hate. A beautiful girl can be ugly inside. A well-intentioned coach can cause more harm than good. And prejudice can be defined in many ways in a world that isn’t black-and-white.

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ISBN-13: 9780761455431
Publisher: Amazon Publishing
Publication date: 10/01/2009
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 12 - 14 Years

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1998LB More than 1 year ago
This book was absolutely fantastic. The story is surrounded around the black and white aspect of basketball and how they become a union as one. The book is a very good basketball story.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a very good book for those people who like basketball stories. A very good sports book!
CarpeDiemJz More than 1 year ago
This book's main character is Ray Wisniewski, he is a Polish kid. All Polish kids are supposed to wrestle, but Ray dreams about making the high school basketball varsity team and he puts consistent effort into his skills. This book is great because it relates to several aspects of life and it makes you want to keep reading on and on, again and again: Racism adn prejudice- The first three years of high school, Ray attempted to join the varsity team, but because the coach is racist and prejudice, he got cut. Until Ray's senior year, a new coach was hired, he is black but to him, everybody is the same. He chose Ray to be one of the starting five on the varsity team. True friendship- You never pick a book by its cover and you never judge the person by the look. While Ray was getting along with his African-American teammates, the friendship between him and his best friend, Walter, had been slipping away, beacause Walter is racist against black people. When Walter foreced him into a fight against some rival black kids, the ones that saved him weren't Walter nor his other Polish friends, they were his African-American teammates. The passion of a basketball game- This is a book with non-stop, thrilling and flamboyant basketball actions, it describes what happened on the court play-by-play, it can brings you into a real life game. It had situation like: when a game is down to the wire, a hero will step up and take a amazing game winning shot. It show how teammates should always get each other's back and what it takes to approach the level you want to be in a basketball world. Altogether, this is not only a basktetball book, it's also a book about life, it's enjoyable and interesting.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Ray Wisniewski is growing up in the Polish-American town of Greenville, New Jersey. His game is basketball, but he is in the minority. All the black kids play basketball. Ray's supposed to be into wrestling like the white kids.

Basketball - Ray lives and breathes basketball. He plays pick-up games and organized ball, whatever kind of game he can rustle up. His only disappointment is that he has never been able to make the varsity team. He tries out and plays his best, but Coach Malovic never picks him. Finally, during Ray's senior year a new coach is hired, and Ray is suddenly one of the starting five.

Another surprise is the attention Ray is getting from the cutest and most popular girl in school, Stacy. He never considered even talking to her -- much less dating her -- but his luck is changing. It isn't until his first date with Stacy that Ray begins to realize that some people are bothered by the fact that he has perhaps crossed some sort of line by playing basketball instead of choosing the more "white" path of joining the wrestling team. Even Walter, his best friend, seems to be keeping his distance.

Early on, REBOUND is non-stop basketball action. Bob Krech shows Ray playing constantly in an effort to make the high school team. As the book progresses, another dimension begins to appear -- prejudice. Racial tension begins to rear its ugly head between players, friends, coaches, and parents. Ray finds out that not everyone is happy with just basketball and the competition on the court. The real world and its sometimes hateful nature cast a shadow over his success.

Readers who enjoy good basketball play-by-play action will be hooked at the beginning of REBOUND. Hopefully, they will connect with Ray as a person, too, and stick around to see what lurks beneath the surface of the basketball action.