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- wilfil - Do you love basketball? Do you like to read about it? If so then Sasquatch in the paint is perfect for you. This book is about Kareem Abdul Jabbar and his struggles as a kid. His struggles were he was into math and people made fun of him and Called him a nerd. Another struggle is he is has grown over 4 inches over the summer and he's the tallest kid in the school. People constantly tell him he needs to play basketball. He plays but doesn't have confidence. You could say that he is the antagonist and protagonist because he wants to play but he also is almost failing a class because of his basketball practices. Do you think he sticks with basketball or chooses extra math classes? Read this exciting book by Kareem Abdul Jabbar
July 22, 2013
The author team behind What Color Is My World? opens the Streetball Crew series with the story of Theo Rollins who, though only an eighth grader, is already more than six feet tall. A self-proclaimed nerd, Theo gets recruited for the school basketball team, even though he’s terrible at the sport. Additionally, Theo is puzzled by new girl Rain, who’s smart but being threatened by a guy on a motorcycle; his widowed father is unexpectedly interested in dating; and he might be kicked off the school’s Aca-lympics team if he can’t balance his responsibilities. The depth and realism Abdul-Jabbar and Obstfeld bring to the novel keep it from being a run-of-the-mill sports story. Rain, for instance, is Muslim, while Theo is one of only a few black kids at his school; their ostracism doesn’t overshadow the action, but it isn’t ignored, either. Perhaps most refreshing is the fact that the authors allow Theo to gain confidence in basketball without the predictable game-winning shot. Readers will feel a kinship with Theo as he maneuvers through tough but realistic choices. Ages 8–12.
Starred review from June 15, 2013
A crisp tale of sports, smarts and what it means to be your own man or woman--or boy or girl, if you happen to be 13. It seems to be an embarrassment of riches to be, say, one of the best basketball players in history and also write tightly entertaining novels for kids, but there you have Abdul-Jabbar. Surely Obstfeld added polish and framing, but this obviously is a work of someone intimate with sports and, by extension, how sports can serve as metaphor for a way of being in the world. Here, newly tall eighth-grader Theo Rollins is trying to find his way between the brainiacs and the basketball players. Along the way, he meets Rain--aka Crazy Girl--a sort of "girl with the dragon tattoo" minus the heaviest baggage. Characters, both friend and foe, feel real; there is talk of abandonment as well as serious comments about the skewed vision Americans have of Islam. The deepest running narrative pivots around sports, but the story has much to give. Theo's cousin's taxonomy of basketball players is broadly applicable: There are the happy-go-lucky, the self-conscious and "those who never want the game to be over, because each minute is like living on some planet where you got no problems....[They are], for that brief time, in a place where everything they thought or did mattered." Fearless, caring sports fiction. (Fiction. 8-12)
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September 1, 2013
Gr 5-8-Theo Rollins had been one of the most inconspicuous members of his class until he experienced a six-inch growth spurt before the start of eighth grade. Now, Coach Mandrake wants to build his entire offense around him, much to the dismay of the other team members because Theo is a science geek who stinks at basketball. The first game he plays is a disaster and, after a spectator makes a racist comment causing him to make a costly mistake, a classmate named Rain gives him the nickname "Sasquatch." Later, Theo discovers that there is more to Rain than meets the eye. Faced with dismissal from the "Brain Train," the school's Aca-lympic team, because of the time he spends on basketball, Theo must make an important decision about his future. Fans of Matt Christopher and Dan Gutman will enjoy this humorous novel that delivers a heartwarming story about growing up, facing down bullies, and learning what true friendship is all about.-Wayne R. Cherry, Jr., First Baptist Academy Library, Houston, TX
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