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Pick-Up Game

Illustrated by Charles R. Smith Jr.

Pass! Shoot! Swish! And 1! An all-star team of YA authors scores spectacularly with an action-packed anthology about street basketball.

It’s one steamy July day at the West 4th Street Court in NYC, otherwise known as The Cage. Hotshot ESPN is wooing the scouts, Boo is struggling to guard the weird new guy named Waco, a Spike Lee wannabe has video rolling, and virgin Irene is sizing up six-foot-eight-and-a-half-inch Chester. Nine of YA literature’s top writers, including Walter Dean Myers, Rita Williams-Garcia, Adam Rapp, Joseph Bruchac, and Sharon Flake reveal how it all goes down in a searing collection of short stories, in which each one picks up where the previous one ends. Characters weave in and out of narratives, perspectives change, and emotions play out for a fluid and fast-paced ode to the game. Crackling with humor, grit, and streetball philosophy, and featuring poems and photographs by Charles R. Smith Jr., this anthology is a slam dunk.

  • fast-paced, interesting story in a unique and teen-friendly format
  • An all-star cast of contributors.
  • Streetball is a perennially popular sport, featured in several videogames and movies (The Longest Yard, American History X, Above the Rim, White Men Can't Jump). Streetball tournaments are featured on MTV and ESPN.

About the author

Marc Aronson is an editor and author of many award-winning books for young people, including War Is. . . . Soldiers, Survivors, and Storytellers Talk About War, which he coedited with Patty Campbell, and Sugar Changed the World, which he cowrote with Marina Budhos. Marc Aronson lives in New Jersey. Charles R. Smith, Jr., is the author and photographer of Winning Words: Sports Stories and Photographs and the author of Hoop Queens, Hoop Kings, Chameleon, and Twelve Rounds to Glory: The Story of Muhammad Ali, winner of a Coretta Scott King Author Award Honor. He won the 2010 Coretta Scott King Illustrated Award for this photogrphas illustrating My People by Langston Hughes. He lives in Poughkeepsie, New York.

ISBN: 9780763645625
Imprint: Candlewick
Distributor: Walker Australia-HEDS
Binding: Hardback
Release Date: April 1, 2011
Dimensions: 139 x 209mm, 176pp
Stock Status: Confirmed
Australian RRP: $29.99
New Zealand RRP: $31.99
Stock Level: Out Of Stock

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