Strong to the Hoop

by John Coy and Leslie Jean-Bart

Ten-year-old James thinks he’s too small to participate in a four-on-four basketball... read more

Ten-year-old James thinks he’s too small to participate in a four-on-four basketball game with his older brother and his friends so he’s pleasantly surprised when they do ask him, due to a last-minute injury of one of their teammates. James is assigned to guard Marcus, the biggest, toughest kid on the court. It’s no easy task but he sticks to it and manages to rise to the occasion, with lots of encouragement from a fellow teammate named Zo. A distinctive stream-of-consciousness narrative is accompanied by brown-tone scratchboard and photo collages of African-American kids in an urban setting. (Ages 6-10)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2000

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