I really love Walter Dean Myers’ books about urban teens, and so do most 7th and 8th graders. Slam!, and Monster are the all-time fans. I’m not sure The Outside Shot, the story of a Harlem teen offered a basketball scholarship on skill alone at a Midwestern school, will join the list. The difference? Myers’ other books are very focused–a main character who struggles with one primary problem. In The Outside Shot, Lonnie deals with issues of race, friendships, sports betting, grades, and a middle class Black track star who teaches him about girls with ambition. Located in the Walter Dean Myers’ author basket.
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