Synopses & Reviews
An exciting, eye-catching repackage of acclaimed author Walter Dean Myers' bestselling paperbacks, to coincide with the publication of SUNRISE OVER FALLUJA in hardcover.
Seventeen-year-old Greg "Slam" Harris can do it all on the basketball court. He's seen ballplayers come and go, and he knows he could be one of the lucky ones. Maybe he'll make it to the top. Or maybe he'll stumble along the way. Slam's grades aren't that hot. And when his teachers jam his troubles in his face, he blows up.
Slam never doubted himself on the court until he found himself going one-on-one with his own future, and he didn't have the ball.
"Once again, Myers produces a book that reinforces his standing as a preeminent YA author." - SLJ
"A Harlem teenager learns how to apply the will he has to win at hoops to other parts of his life in this vivid, fluent story from Myers. Persuasive." - Kirkus
"...admirably realistic coming-of-age novel." - Booklist - boxed review
"Walter Dean Myers never presents easy solutions in his novels, and readers will appreciate Slam! for the honesty with which Myers portrays the dreams of one Harlem teenager." - The Horn Book
"The conclusion is hopeful, and the basketball scenes are tough." - Bulletin
"Slam! will fly off the shelves into the hands of basketball fans, and will give them a lot more than a game." - Voice of Youth Advocates
Greg "Slam" Harris can do it all on the basketball court. He knows he's got what it takes to go all the way to the top. Slam's grades aren't so hot, though, and when his teachers jam his troubles in his face, he blows up.
About the Author
Walter Dean Myers is the 2012 - 2013 National Ambassador for Young People's Literature. He is the critically acclaimed New York Times bestselling author an award-winning body of work which includes, SOMEWHERE IN THE DARKNESS, SLAM!, and MONSTER. Mr. Myers has received two Newbery Honor medals, five Coretta Scott King Author Awards, and three National Book Award Finalists citations. In addition, he is the winner of the first Michael L. Printz Award. He lives in Jersey City, New Jersey.