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Fast break

by Lupica, Mike,

Format: Print Book 2016
Availability: Available at 1 Library 1 of 2 copies
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Robinson Library Middle Grade Section MG FIC LUPICA
Location  Robinson Library
Collection  Middle Grade Section
Call Number  MG FIC LUPICA
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Northland Public Library Teen Paperbacks CHECKED OUT
Location  Northland Public Library
Collection  Teen Paperbacks
From the #1 bestselling author of Heat , Travel Team and Million-Dollar Throw comes a feel-good basketball tale reminiscent of The Blind Side .

Forced to live on his own after his mom dies and her boyfriend abandons him, 12-year-old Jayson does whatever it takes to get by. He will do anything to avoid the foster care system. He manages to get away with his deception until the day he gets caught stealing a new pair of basketball sneakers. Game over. Within a day a social worker places him with a family from the other side of town, the Lawtons. New home, new school, new teammates.

Jayson, at first, is combatative, testing the Lawtons' patience at every turn. He wants out, yet the Lawtons refuse to take the bait. But not everyone in Jayson's new life is so ready to trust him. It's on Jayson to believe that he deserves a better life than the one he once had. The ultimate prize if he can? A trip to play in the state finals at Cameron Indoor Stadium-home to the Duke Blue Devils and launching pad to his dream of playing bigtime college ball. Getting there will be a journey that reaches far beyond the basketball court.

"Eager fans will find this a slam-dunk. A must-purchase."- Booklist

"Lupica's announcer-like delivery will have you breathless, on the edge of your seat, cheering."-- Florida Times-Union

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Lupica is the go-to guy for quick-reading, enjoyable sports fiction, and his latest adheres to his formula of mixing expertly described play-by-play action in this case, basketball with interesting personal stories. Broaching serious topics, yet assuredly entertaining, this story of a scrappy white kid, Jayson, growing up in a black neighborhood is a kind of Blind Side in reverse. Hiding the fact he's barely subsisting after his mom dies and her boyfriend abandons him, he's tripped up by his need for some new kicks. When he's caught shoplifting, he winds up being taken in by an older, affluent African American couple who are incredibly long on patience, as Jayson acts out his anger and hurt before pulling himself together to lead his new school's b-ball team to victory and a chance to play in Duke University's Cameron Indoor Stadium. Friends old and new, a crush, and the comparison of his old digs to his new home life flesh out the story. Eager fans will find this a slam-dunk. A must-purchase.--Cruze, Karen Copyright 2015 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Additional Information
Subjects Foster home care -- Juvenile fiction.
Race relations -- Juvenile fiction.
Homeless persons -- Juvenile fiction.
Orphans -- Juvenile fiction.
Foster home care -- Fiction.
Basketball -- Fiction.
Race relations -- Fiction.
Homeless persons -- Fiction.
Orphans -- Fiction.
Basketball stories.
Publisher New York, NY :2016
Language English
Description 262, 9 pages ; 21 cm
ISBN 9781101997833
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