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Pick-Up Game: A Full Day of Full Courtby Marc Aronson
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Pass! Shoot! Swish! An all-star team of YA authors scores spectacularly with an action-packed anthology about street basketball.
Its one steamy July day at the West 4th Street Court in NYC, otherwise known as The Cage. Hotshot ESPN is wooing the scouts, Boo is struggling to guard the weird new guy named Waco, a Spike Lee wannabe has video rolling, and virgin Irene is sizing up six-foot-eightand-a-half-inch Chester. Nine of YA literatures top writers, including Walter Dean Myers, Rita Williams-Garcia, Adam Rapp, Joseph Bruchac, and Sharon Flake reveal how it all goes down in a searing collection of short stories, in which each one picks up where the previous one ends. Characters weave in and out of narratives, perspectives change, and emotions play out for a fluid and fast-paced ode to the game. Crackling with humor, grit, and streetball philosophy, and featuring poems and photographs by Charles R. Smith Jr., this anthology is a slam dunk.
"Opening with an incantatory poem from Smith ('faces behind fences/ focused courtside/ on warriors being tested/ with noplace to hide'), this collection is made up of rapid-fire short stories that take place over a single day on a famed New York City streetball court — 'the Cage' — from such authors as Walter Dean Myers, Sharon Flake, Rita Williams-Garcia, Robert Lipsyte, and Adam Rapp. Interwoven with additional poems and photos from Smith, the stories offer blistering moves and dialogue, complex and rewarding characters, and off-the-court background, contextualizing the game and making it clear just how vital it is to those who play. Ages 14 — up. (Feb.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
An all-star team of YA authors--including Joseph Bruchac, Sharon Flake, Walter Dean Myers, and Adam Rapp--scores spectacularly with an action-packed anthology about street basketball.
About the Author
Marc Aronson is an editor and author of many award-winning books for young people, including War Is. . . . Soldiers, Survivors, and Storytellers Talk About War, which he coedited with Patty Campbell, and Sugar Changed the World, which he cowrote with Marina Budhos. Marc Aronson lives in New Jersey.
Charles R. Smith Jr. won the 2010 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award for his photographs in My People by Langston Hughes. He is also the author and photographer of Winning Words: Sports Stories and Photographs and the author of Hoop Queens, Hoop Kings, Chameleon, and Twelve Rounds to Glory: The Story of Muhammad Ali, winner of a Coretta Scott King Author Award Honor. Charles R. Smith Jr. lives in Poughkeepsie, New York.
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