Strong to the Hoop

Strong to the Hoop


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James has always settled for watching his big brother Nate play basketball from the sidelines. Then one day, a player is injured and James is asked to join the older boys' game. This is James' chance to prove himself on the main court, and he knows there is much more than "game point" riding on his last shot.

John Coy's energetic prose captures the intensity and emotion of the competition, while Leslie Jean-Bart's photo collages deliver the urban pace of the game.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781584301783
Publisher: Lee & Low Books, Inc.
Publication date: 08/10/2003
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 233,151
Product dimensions: 10.75(w) x 8.25(h) x (d)
Lexile: AD520L (what's this?)
Age Range: 7 Years

About the Author

John Coy is an award-winning author, who worked as a dishwasher, mattress maker, and tour guide before taking up writing. He's active in sports and is a member of the NBA Reading All-Star Team as part of the Read to Achieve program. John has traveled to all fifty states as well as to many countries internationally.

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Strong to the Hoop 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
rturba on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Genre: realistic fictionReview: This is a good example of realistic fiction because it portrays a group of boys playing basketball, which is an everyday situation. We have no evidence that the story is true, but it is easy to relate to many young boys.
jazzlit on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
With one of the most gritty and unusual illustrative techniques, the reader is transported to the neighborhood basketball court for a pickup game between the Skins and the Shirts. Coy's rhythmic text captures the nuances of movement in the sport. Spanish edition available as well, Directo al Aro.
ermilligan on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
James finally gets to play basketball with older guys and he is determined not to let them down even though they are all telling him that he is too short. It would be a good book for boys and a great motivator for them to read about something that may interest them.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Flowing like street poetry, this story evokes the drama of an inner city scrub game between the Shirts and the Skins. An injury gets 10-year-old James invited to play basketball with his head-taller elders. He fumbles, fighting for respect, until his anger at being teased drives him 'strong to the hoop,' and even the teaser is pleased. 'It feels as good as the last day of school,' says James. Graphically striking, the photos, layout, even the font choice lend detail and richness to the sociology of the inner city neighborhood.