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The Outside Shot

by Walter Dean Myers

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The Outside Shot by Walter Dean Myers is not your cliche: underprivilegded, African American teenager stuck in the crossroads of what to do with his life. Play ball? Go to college? Fix games? Give up? Rather, it comes across as a living biography. By this, I mean, it appears as if the events happening to this young protagonist are occuring in the moment. Every hardship, every struggle, every jump shot. Everything. Right now.

But what happens when the clock strikes twelve and that moment is up?
  PatrickHackeling13 | Apr 1, 2009 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0440967848, Paperback)

When Lonnie Jackson leaves Harlem for a basketball scholarship to a midwestern college, he know he must keep his head straight and his record clean. That's the only way he'll have a chance of making it to the pros someday.



But his street smarts haven't prepared him for the pressures of tough classes, high-stakes college ball, and the temptation to fix games for local gamblers. Everyone plays by a whole new set of rules -- including Sherry, who's determined to be a track star. Her independence attracts Lonnie, but their on-again, off-again relationship is driving him crazy.



Lonnie has one year to learn how to make it as a "college man." It's his outside shot at a bright future. Does he have what it takes?

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Recruited by a small midwestern college to play basketball, a Harlem boy has many new experiences, including working with a child who needs physical therapy and dealing with corruption in college sports.

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