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Ball don't lie

by de la Peña, Matt,

Format: Print Book 2005
Availability: Available at 5 Libraries 5 of 5 copies
Available (5)
Location Collection Call #
Bethel Park Public Library Young Adult YA PENA Matt
Location  Bethel Park Public Library
Collection  Young Adult
Call Number  YA PENA Matt
Braddock Carnegie Library Teen Fiction YA F PEN
Location  Braddock Carnegie Library
Collection  Teen Fiction
Call Number  YA F PEN
CLP - Main Library Teen Department - Teen Fiction TEEN FICTION de la Peña
Location  CLP - Main Library
Collection  Teen Department - Teen Fiction
Call Number  TEEN FICTION de la Peña
Carnegie Library of Homestead Teen Fiction YA FIC Pena
Location  Carnegie Library of Homestead
Collection  Teen Fiction
Call Number  YA FIC Pena
Cooper-Siegel Community Library - Sharpsburg Young Adult YA FIC PEN
Location  Cooper-Siegel Community Library - Sharpsburg
Collection  Young Adult
Call Number  YA FIC PEN
Newbery Award-winning and New York Times bestselling author Matt de la Peña's Ball Don't Lie "is a must-read." [ The Bulletin ]

Sticky is a beat-around-the-head foster kid with nowhere to call home but the street, and an outer shell so tough that no one will take him in. He started out life so far behind the pack that the finish line seems nearly unreachable. He's a white boy living and playing in a world where he doesn't seem to belong.

But Sticky can ball. And basketball might just be his ticket out . . . if he can only realize that he doesn't have to be the person everyone else expects him to be.

Matt de la Peña's breakout urban masterpiece, Ball Don't Lie takes place where the street and the court meet and where a boy can be anything if he puts his mind to it.

★ " [An] inspiring story. Sticky is a true original, and de la Peña has skillfully brought him to life." -- School Library Journal , Starred

" Riveting .... Teens will be strongly affected by the unforgettable...basketball action; and the questions about race, love, self-worth, and what it means to build a life without advantages." -- Booklist

"Stunningly realistic." -- VOYA

"Gritty and mesmerizing." -- Kirkus Reviews

"I have never before seen blacktop ball depicted so well. In this novel, you will find its flash, its power, and its elegance without chains. This is powerful stuff. " --Antawn Jamison, forward for the Los Angeles Clippers

"Truly authentic in its examination of both the game I love and the invariable missteps toward manhood. You cannot fail to be moved by the eloquence and truth of this story. " --Rick Fox, former forward for the Los Angeles Lakers

An ALA Best Book for Young Adults

An ALA Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Gr. 9-12. I think God put me here to play ball, says 17-year-old Sticky. Shuffled between foster homes since childhood, the skinny, white teen devotes himself to playing basketball at Lincoln Rec, a gritty Los Angeles gym, where he has found a family among the serious players, mostly black men. In colloquial language filled with the words and rhythms of hip hop and the street, Pena's debut tells a riveting story about Sticky's struggle to secure a college basketball scholarship and deepen his relationship with his girlfriend. The disjointed narrative, which loops between past and present, may slow a few readers. Others, though, will see the nonlinear story as a reflection of Sticky's own internal journey as he faces violent childhood tragedies, his numbed emotions, and his sometimes-compulsive behavior (he repeats actions such as shoe-tying until they feel right). Teens will be strongly affected by the unforgettable, distinctly male voice; the thrilling, unusually detailed basketball action; and the questions about race, love, self-worth, and what it means to build a life without advantages. --Gillian Engberg Copyright 2005 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "De la Pena recounts one eventful day in the life of basketball phenom Sticky Reichard, 17, with flashbacks that fill in his horrific childhood. Since age seven, Sticky's ricocheted between group and foster homes before settling in Venice Beach, Calif. Along the way, he picked up a passion for basketball, and his obsessive-compulsive habits enhance his game-he practices constantly. Despite a demonstrated lack of interest in school (a freshman-year report card contains "five Fs and a C in PE"), a college scholarship is on the horizon, and so is a healthy relationship with "super-pretty Vietnamese girl," Anh-thu. But can Sticky overcome his past-the cigarette-burn scars from his mother's pimp, his mother's violent death, the succession of indifferent caretakers? The group home director tells him he's "a good person," but Sticky's morals allow for compulsive shoplifting, and he celebrates a big win with mindless vandalism that lands him in jail. It's easy to feel sorry for him but he's tough to like. The author's depiction of the foster care system seems over-the-top (the first would-be parent dies of cancer, the next doesn't even provide a bed, a third catches his daughter with Sticky unclothed). Still, readers will find the portrait of this obsessive-compulsive's rituals both on and off the court fascinating. The prose moves with the rhythm of a bouncing basketball and those who don't mind mixing their sports stories with some true grit may find themselves hypnotized by Sticky's grim saga. Ages 14-up. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Basketball stories.
Obsessive-compulsive disorder -- Fiction.
Foster home care -- Fiction.
Race relations -- Fiction.
Los Angeles (Calif.) -- Fiction.
Publisher New York :Delacorte Press,2005
Other Titles Ball do not lie
Language English
Description 280 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN 9780385734257 (pbk.)
0385734255 (pbk.)
0385732325 (trade)
0385902581 (glb)
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