Rucker Park Setup

Rucker Park Setup

by Paul Volponi


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Rucker Park—a place where basketball’s greatest pro players go up against street legends. Best friends Mackey and J.R. have waited their whole lives to win the basketball tournament here. But when the day of an important game arrives, J.R. is fatally stabbed. While Mackey didn’t wield the knife, he feels responsible. Now he has a score to settle, but the killer is watching his every move. Mackey is determined to finish the final game of the Rucker Park Tournament on his own terms. The question is, can he do it?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780142412077
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 09/18/2008
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 457,943
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile: 770L (what's this?)
Age Range: 12 Years

About the Author

Paul Volponi is the author of the critically acclaimed young adult novel Black & White. From 1992 to 1998, he taught adolescents on Rikers Island in New York City to read and write. Mr. Volponi worked at a day treatment center like Daytop teaching students and helping them prepare for the GED. Mr. Volponi lives in New York City.

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Rucker Park Setup 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
ewyatt on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Streetball is a way of life in the neighborhood surrounding Rucker Park, and to win the annual tournament is to cement your status as neighborhood legend. Mackey has dreamed about competing with his best friend and teammate J.R. for years. J.R.'s murder on the court right before the tournament has left Mackey feeling guilty and torn up inside. A quick read with play-by-play basketball action that explores the price of honesty and winning. Mackey tells the story, but quick interludes give the adult characters voice about their thoughts about the tournament and J.R.'s murder.
mollykcarroll on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Rucker Park Setup is very similar to Paul Volponi's other books. He follows the same format, a short, consise book filled with a lot of action. Unfortnately, at my own fault and not at Mr. Volponi's, I have a difficult time reading books that are following a sports game. However, the underlying story is wonderful, although devestating, and a good moral lesson.
mjspear on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A tale of friendship, betrayal, and redemption played out on a Harlem city basketball court. Mackey and J.R. have been neighbors and best friends since childhood. As teens, basketball is their life and JR's Dad, "Stove" is their most demanding coach -- and supporter. Every pickup game is building towards the annual Rucker Park Tournament. But when JR is fatally stabbed, the whole game changes. 90% of the book is the Tournament Game in action through Mackey's eyes -- with occasional cut-ins from Stove, heavy Fat Anthony, and opportunist Rapper XX Green. Mackey must play the game of his life on the very court where JR is stabbed, knowing his role in the set-up and deciding how to make things right.
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Mason Phillips More than 1 year ago
slow to get into...but turned into really great book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
McDonald Mackey and J.R. have been best friends since elementary school. They have dreamed of playing basketball ball in Rucker Park since they were youngsters. J.R.'s dad Stove is close with the boys, and when his son is killed he looks to Mackey for answers. Greene, a famous rapper and owner of Mackey's team, makes a bet with the other teams coach, Fat Anthony. At this point it's about money and the championship game, but Stove still wants answers. Mackey struggles to focus, but read more to find out what happens. This story by Paul Volponi, Rucker Park Setup is a short book that is simple. The way it was written made it interesting and mysterious at times. My favorite character was Greene. He was a very wild, cocky, and loud. The book was interesting in how real it was portrayed. These problems actually happen in some areas of the world. This book was okay and would recommend it to people who like sports and real life situations.
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TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Basketball is life for Mackey and J.R. They've known each other forever and spend most of that time involved with basketball. Lucky for them, Rucker Park offers the cream-of-the-crop. The park has long been the scene of pick-up games and tournaments between actual pro-players and the best street players ever. Mackey and J.R. have long dreamed of playing in the annual tournament.

Unfortunately, Mackey gets involved in the "dark" side of basketball (game fixing), and as a result he may have been responsible for the fatal stabbing of his friend, J.R. Determined to make things right, Mackey starts the final tournament game intending to win it for J.R. no matter the consequences. But between his feelings of guilt, the pressure from the "dark" side, and the fact that J.R.'s own father is the long-time referee for the tournament, Mackey has everything he can do to play the game and not fall apart.

Paul Volponi demonstrates his knowledge of basketball in RUCKER PARK SETUP. The entire story revolves around the one tournament game. Readers are artfully filled in on the background information of Mackey's family and J.R.'s death through the use of flashbacks and the tormented thoughts of young Mackey. Colorful characters, top-notch players, and streetwise vocabulary help make the reader feel a part of the non-stop action. Fans of Volponi's BLACK AND WHITE and ROOFTOP will not be disappointed.