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Airball: My Life in Briefs

by Lisa Harkrader

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Uncoordinated Kansas seventh-grader Kirby Nickel braves his coach's ire and becomes captain of the basketball team in order to help him prove that NBA star Brett McGrew is the father he has never known.

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Great book for young kids getting into basketball. My son(9) and I read this together and he enjoyed it that at times he read ahead of me but insisted we go back to where we left off together every time. ( )
  capiam1234 | Aug 17, 2017 |
Airball is a story about a very brave boy who conquers his fears. The whole book he is trying to find clues to find his father. His basketball team is so bad that they haven't won a game all season. His coach develops a strategy to make the boys play in their underwear. It works and the boys improve at basketball and beat every team. He thinks that he has enough clues to find out that his father is the #1 Basketball player of kansas. His basketball team gets the opportunity to meet the jayhawk team. The boy shows the player the evidence and finds out that his real dad is his own basketball coach.

I loved this series because it showed that people are creative. The book showed that a child would do almost anything to find his dad. It also showed that it takes a lot of courage to be a leader. The coach stripped basketball all the way down to the basics. Making sure the kids had nothing to lose. This is not the normal type of book I read but i think I might start reading it. ( )
  GavynG.B1 | Mar 23, 2015 |
Reviewed by Mrs. Foley
From Destiny Library record, "Uncoordinated Kansas seventh-grader Kirby Nickel braves his coach's ire and becomes captain of the basketball team in order to help him prove that NBA star Brett McGrew is the father he has never known."

This would be a good book to recommend to boys (especially those who need a lower reading level, but high interest). The ending is predictable and happy, but you want it to be that way! :-) Some humor in the story, but not laugh-out-loud.

Review from Publishers Weekly:
Moving as fluidly as a basketball superstar in action, this big-hearted first novel is set in a Kansas town renowned as the home of Brett McGrew, now a famous NBA player. Though he has no apparent athletic ability, narrator Kirby Nickel joins the seventh-grade basketball team in hopes of finally crossing paths with McGrew, whose jersey number is being retired in a ceremony to which the team has been invited. Meeting this luminary has been a life-long dream of Kirby's; he is convinced that McGrew, who was a friend of the boy's mother in high school, is his father. As farfetched as the premise sounds, Kirby's sincerity and conviction—and the clues he uncovers—lend his theory pleasing plausibility. But in order to attend the event honoring McGrew, the seventh-grade team must turn its record around (they haven't won a game in three years). The gruff coach solemnly gives each player a "Stealth Warm-up Suit," allegedly developed by the Marine Corps (and designed to help players run faster and jump higher), announcing that, "for those who don't have what it takes to control the technology, the uniforms... are invisible." Some funny scenes follow as the kids proceed to practice—and eventually win every game—dressed only in their underwear. Kirby's encounter with McGrew leads to an unexpected, satisfyingly sentimental finale. Even non-basketball fans will savor the on-court action and will cheer loudly for these determined players, especially endearingly ingenuous Kirby. Ages 8-12. (Oct.) Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. ( )
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  hickmanmc | Nov 17, 2009 |
Kirby Nikel loves basketball. However he can’t play basketball. Kirby joins the basketball team when he learns their seventh grade team will get to meet his idol and former school alumni, Brett McGrew. This meeting is very important because Kirby is sure that he has all the clues to prove that Brett McGrew is his father. The one thing that stands in his way is the school board. They have informed the coach that there will be no team or meeting Brett McGrew if the team can’t win the first game of the season. Between the coach and Kirby things just might work out. ( )
  skstiles612 | Jul 8, 2009 |
This one was a little heavy-handed with plot and characterization, but most often amusing. Basketball fans and those who are struggling with their identity (and coordination) will find much to like. ( )
  kcarp | Jan 19, 2008 |
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