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An ALA-YALSA Best Book for Young AdultsNew Bonus Content:-Q&A with Walter Dean Myers-Q&A with screenwriter John Ballard-Teaser chapter from On a Clear Day-Excerpt from 145th StreetAll eyes are...
An ALA-YALSA Best Book for Young AdultsNew Bonus Content:-Q&A with Walter Dean Myers-Q&A with screenwriter John Ballard-Teaser chapter from On a Clear Day-Excerpt from 145th StreetAll eyes are...
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  • An ALA-YALSA Best Book for Young Adults

    New Bonus Content:
    -Q&A with Walter Dean Myers
    -Q&A with screenwriter John Ballard
    -Teaser chapter from On a Clear Day
    -Excerpt from 145th Street

    All eyes are on seventeen-year-old Lonnie Jackson while he practices with his team for a city-wide basketball Tournament of Champions. His coach, Cal, knows Lonnie has what it takes to be a pro basketball player, but warns him about giving in to the pressure. Cal knows because he, too, once had the chance--but sold out.

    As the tournament nears, Lonnie learns that some heavy bettors want Cal to keep him on the bench so that the team will lose the championship. As the last seconds of the game tick away, Lonnie and Cal must make a decision. Are they willing to blow the chance of a lifetime?

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  • From the book One of the things my father used to say was how his days were piling up on him. When I told him I didn't know what that meant, he said one day I would.

    "Right now," he said, "you got your days filled up with playing and going to school. Then after a while you gonna start dreaming about this and that, and you gonna lay your days out in front of yourself like an imaginary road. That's what I did."

    "Then what happened?" I asked.

    "Then they started piling up on me," he said. He looked away and didn't say anything else, and I knew the conversation was over. When he looked away like that, there wasn't any use to keep on talking.

    After he split, I stayed around the house a lot. I did most of the things I was supposed to do, like making the school scene and helping out around the house. I got a little job at the Grant, a little run-down hotel, when I got to be sixteen. That was really okay. I could earn a few bucks, and I could crash there when my moms got on my back too much. By my senior year she was on my back just about all the time, too. Something had come up between us that put an edge on everything we did. It wasn't anything I could really lay out and say, "Hey, there it is," as much as it was a feeling. I'd be sitting in the kitchen eating and she'd come in and make some remark about how late I was staying out or something, and I just wouldn't want to hear it. So I'd finish eating as soon as I could and then bust over to the Grant to spend the night there and cool out.

    When I thought about it, I knew it wasn't so much that I had changed, or even that she had changed, but the situation was different than it had been, and we couldn't talk about it. When I was younger, I used to tell myself I was going to do this or do that and I believed it. Now I didn't know. For a long time Moms hung on to that old stuff, about me going to college and making something of myself. When I would lay in bed at the Grant, waiting for the next day to roll around, I was also waiting for something to happen, something to change my life. It was like I was running in a marathon and suddenly forgot where the finish line was. But I knew I still had a place to get to, even if I couldn't see it, and I knew I was scared to stop running.

    All along, though, I had my game. My game was my fame, and I knew it was together. From the first time I played basketball in grade school I was good. I was good, but I was short then. Some of the older guys used to call me runt. "You got a sweet game for a kid, runt," they'd say.

    I was always on the court practicing, trying to get my game more together. I used to imagine being the shortest guy in the NBA and scoring the winning basket in the championship.

    Then, when I got to be fifteen, I started to grow. When my seventeenth birthday came around, I was six three. Now, my game was sweet when I was short, but when I got taller, it was really nice. I played ball just about every day for about three years straight until near the end of my senior year. Then, all of a sudden, I began to go through a whole lot of changes. I was feeling okay, but I just didn't want to do anything. I'd sit around and try to decide what I wanted to do, and that would take an hour or so, and then, when I decided what I wanted to do, I still might not do it because I just didn't seem to have the energy. Then, to top things off, sometimes if I did really break out into a hustle and do something, it would get messed up. I wasn't sure it was me or if things just weren't going my way. The Scotch is a good example of what I mean.

    I had had some words with my moms after I had left a tea bag in the sink.

    "What's the matter?"...

About the Author-

  • 1937--2014
    Walter Dean Myers's fiction and nonfiction books have reached millions of young people. A prolific author of more than one hundred titles, he received every major award in the field of children's literature. He wrote two Newbery Honor Books, eleven Coretta Scott King Award winners, three National Book Award finalists, and the winner of the first Michael L. Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature. He also received the Margaret A. Edwards Award for lifetime achievement in writing for young adults and was the first recipient of the Coretta Scott King--Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement. He was a 2010 United States nominee for the Hans Christian Andersen Award and was nominated for the Astrid Lindgren Award numerous times. From 2012 to 2013, he served as the National Ambassador for Young People's Literature with the platform "Reading is not optional." In his most-beloved books, Walter explored the themes of taking responsibility for your life and that everyone always gets a second chance.

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  • DOGO Books fblreggie13 - I decided to read this book because it looks cool and sound cool . Another thing why is because its talking about how he started off not know how to do things in his life but all along he says he had his game and his fame .

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