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Directo al Aro = Strong to the Hoop

3.54 of 5 stars 3.54  ·  rating details  ·  28 ratings  ·  8 reviews
Ten-year-old James has gone to the basketball court with his brother Nate many times, but one day a players injury actually gets him into the game with the older, stronger boys. James must guard powerful Marcus, whose strength intimidates him. James is skilled, but can he prove himself against the odds? John Coys lively prose and Leslie Jean-Barts dramatic photo collages d ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published September 9th 2002 by Lee & Low Books (first published January 1st 1999)
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A great book for a mentor text on writing about a single moment- this is about a game that some kids are playing. The younger boy, 10- goes but he is still too young to play in the neighborhood game of basketball. He practices on the side court while the game is going on. All of a sudden one of the players goes down and they tell him to come play. Not everyone is happy about this young kid playing- some of them talk badly to him. The story shows his plays, and what he is thinking. It gives great ...more
Lauren Rhodes
Feb 20, 2015 Lauren Rhodes rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: All ages
Shelves: sports, bball, courage
Strong to the Hoop is a picture book written by John Coy and illustrated by Leslie Jean-Bart. Strong to the Hoop is at first glance a story about basketball however once I began to read this book it became much more than that. It starts off with James wanting so badly to be able to play with the older kids basketball game. He has never been asked to play in one of their games before because he is skinny and small in stature. However, when one player from the older kids game is hurt James is gran ...more
Brandon O'Neill
John Coy is our visiting author this year, so I thought I'd better get ready and read some of his stuff. This is very short and quick to read. The text was good - full page pictures try to match the action in the telling of the story.
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Basketball fans and anyone looking for a sports story with lots of action will like this.
Aubrey White
I want to hear big brother Nate's encouragement ring in my ears every time I fail at something "easy," something I've told myself I have to do, something I OUGHT to be able to do, something I know I'll have to do again. "Go strong to the hoop."

Also . . . Josiah played basketball alone in the foyer for quite a little while this afternoon after we read this book. Coy succeeded in inspiring.
Shuntia Williams
This is a story about a boy who plays basketball with the big boys for the first time. In the beginning his confidence level is low because he is so little. By the end of the story his confidence is high because he scored the winning point. I would suggest this story to my students who like sports or students who have low self confidence.
Perfect book for basketball lovers! It would need a lot of explanation to read with non-basketball fans or ELL kids. Very exciting.
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John Coy is an award-winning author, who worked as a dishwasher, mattress maker, group home worker, and tour guide before taking up writing. He's active in sports and is a member of the NBA Reading All-Star Team as part of the Read to Achieve program. John has traveled to all fifty states as well as to many countries internationally.

His work includes Night Driving, a Marion Vannett Ridgway Memori
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