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Andre Anderson is an African American teenager with a bright future. He loves to play basketball. He loves to hang out with his friends. He loves to laugh. Andre has skills, brains, and heart. He also has a dream. Then he is viciously attacked. Now everything he ever believed about the world has been called into question. Even his deadly jump shot. How can a man get up whe ...more
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Published February 28th 2006 by Jump At The Sun (first published January 1st 2005)
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"The Hoopster" by Alan Lawrence Sitomer is a very emotional book with one of the best characters that I have ever read about. This book is about an African-American basketball playing youngster, Andre, who enjoys writing. He works at a writing company, so when his boss gave him a front-page writing assignment, he worked at it for weeks. His final draft was about racism which turned out to be very popular the next day. He received a great amount of letters and attention. One night, when Andre was ...more
The book that I am reviewing is the Hoopster, by Alan Lawrence Sitomer. The book is about a group of boys that start off playing basketball, until it starts getting deeper into their lives. Like when they talked about where they worked and what they did at that job. They also explained about their personal lives like what they do in their free time. Or even what they like and dislike. But during the book my favourite part was the part when they first step on the court and it’s almost like your ...more
Sitomer, Alan Lawrence. The Hoopster. Hyperion, 2005. 12-14.

With a title like The Hoopster and cover art depicting an African-American male holding a basketball, readers might think this book is solely about life on the basketball court, but it is much more than that. Andre Anderson has got it all: a summer internship at Affairs magazine, a fiery Latina girlfriend and stellar basketball skills to boot. But when Andre is asked to write a personal essay on racism for the magazine, his perfect wor
I chose this book beacuse to tell you the truth i seen a basketball on the front cover and though it was going to be about basketball.

The book started out in a neighborhood where lots of teens where out playing. All the kids out where playing a game of basketball. Also all the kids where also hanging on the court side litening to music.

Andre Anderson is the main characters name in the story. He plays basketball with his freinds most the time. Andre also has a job i would say making magazines at
3 1/2 stars, really. This is one of those books that kids would probably be more forgiving of than adults, and kids are the target audience, SO, from a YA perspective, a 4 and an attaboy for Call-Me-Al. What I like best is the humor and the banter between the friends Andre (young black protagonist) and Shawn (young black protagonist's young white friend). Cedric, Andre's cousin, is an interesting kid because he's the clown in the book and creates tension by using "black humor" at a night club co ...more
I selected this book because when i read the first few pages , i thought the book and Andre was interesting. One thing that impressed me was Andre's personality. Andre is caring and wants racism to end.For example in the story it said,"Drugs are bringing down our whole damned country.especially black people.We're self destructive from the whole "Let's forget about it" menality."This makes me feel Andre is caring.Andre's friend, Shawn cares about Andre a lot.When Andre got attacked by some people ...more
May 13, 2015 Isiah added it
The book I have chosen is called the hoopester and is written by Alan Sitomer. This book takes place in a big city. I choose this book because my interest is in basketball and this book caught my attention and also this book caught my attention. Also this book is not just focus on the scheme of basketball it also shows a challenge that an African American person had to go threw named Andre. Also I like to read a book that you learn a lesson from like over coming a problem that almost made you wa ...more
Jamir Jackson
The Hoopster by Alan Sitomer is a fiction novel and it is about a black teenager named Andre Anderson and he loves to play basketball with his white bestfriend Shawn and his annoying cousin Cedric. Andre has a goal to become a journalist, so he is trying to make sure that his spot is safe and on lock down for magazine job in the summer. His friend Shawn thinks that Andre spends too much time working and not enough with his friends outside his free time, so he introduces Andre to a friend of his ...more
Basketball is an interesting sport for most people. Some people like watching basketball games, but others like to play the sport. Andre in The Hoopster loves to play basketball with his friends. In the beginning of the story Alan Lawrence Sitomer writes, “A hard beat pumped from a radio by the fence. Ten players, twenty sneakers, two rims, one basket: that’s all there was. That’s all they needed” (1). He is able to hook the reader during the first page, which makes The Hoopster an interesting l ...more
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Have you ever had dream that you were passionate about but kept getting knocked down by either society or just people of your community because you were making sure or making people of your community aware of your dream or passion. Well young adult Andre did matter fact he got beat up just because he was saying in his writing the truth about racism. The theme of this book is realistic fiction.

The story starts by Andre playing basketball. He goes up against a guy named Shawn. Fir
Evan Bennett
The Hoopster by Alan Sitomer is a great book. The way the author ties action in with sadness is amazing. I really don't like reading but this kept me turning the pages. This book is about a African American boy that loves to play basketball. If you like basketball you should read this book.

Andre Anderson is an African American kid that loves playing basketball with his best friend Shawn and his cousin Cedric. Andre gets made fun of a lot by his friends because he also loves journalism. One day
Joseph Hoff
The hoopster is about a guy named Andrea who is good at basketball and his best friend is white. He experiences a lot of racial slurs in his life being black and having a cousin who is a comedian and makes racist jokes that Andre doesn't like. He is trying to stop racism buy writeing news articles about it. But the article he writes gets him beet up by the PPA and is badly injured.

I liked that this book was very descriptive at most scenes. The book was also very real and truthful as if it were b
Nov 13, 2015 Khyman rated it 3 of 5 stars
People who like to read about a conflict of racial background would like The Hoopster by Alan Lawrence Sitomer. There are a couple main characters like Andre Anderson who loves to write, play basketball and has a girlfriend named Gwen. The second main character is Shawn, Andre’s best friend. Shawn is very goofy and outgoing and he also plays basketball. Andre’s boss wants him to write a paper on racism, but Andre doesn't want to write a paper about racism. Everytime Andre hears about it he just ...more
Demarco C
The hoopster was a really good book to me because it was one of my only chapter book that i read that had to do with basketball.i picked this book because my best friend told me to try it out and i did and it was deferentially worth it because the book is very organized and has a good voice.The setting was more on the basketball court because it had to do with basketball the whole book and it was also at the main character house who was name Andre.the main conflict in my book was right in the mi ...more
this book was a kinda controversial, it involved a young african american male that is training to be a journalist and ends up getting beaten up by some racists. he ends up ok though. i enjoyed reading this book.
Mark Swedberg

If I were to recommend this book to anyone I would recommend it to either guys or girls. You may think that this book is only about basketball. You see that is where you are wrong. This book has love, sports, violence, etc. I think that anyone would enjoy this book from 12-17. That is who I would recommend this book to.

I somewhat enjoyed this book. I would have to give this book three out of five stars. Here are some reasons why I gave it that writing. First, I rated it three stars because it wa
Alex Washington
this amazing book I read is called “the HOOPSTER”, by Alan Lawrence Sitomer is a great book. What would you do if you were one of the best basketball players out of alot of people and one day you go home and go to sleep and have a dream that you were beat & once you wake up things aren't the same anymore. You try and shoot and you keep missing, like you missed your touch in basketball. I really like this book because its like you were good at something and then something so little can take a ...more
Katie C
Andre is an African American teenager with a love for basketball, and an a dream of becoming a journalist. Andre has skills on the court, brains in the office, and heart in everything he does. His best friend is white, his name is Shawn, he shares his love of basketball and wants to be an artist. Life is going great, both boys have bright futures ahead of them, that is until they get viciously attacked. The beating is racially motivated, and one of the boys becomes maimed for life.

I chose thi
Pablo Pachalian
The Hoopster is an excellent book written by Alan Lawrence Sitomer. This book is about a teenager who loves to play basketball, and gets a job at a newspaper article about writing on racism. His greatly loved activitys are shortley ended when a racist gang jumps him in a parking lot. I really enjoyed this book. It not only mixes urban everyday topics but also teaches us many morals. Some morals include the fact that revenge is both yourself's and your enemy's loose and that racism is something ...more
Andrew Caparell
Can you recover when your whole identity and world collapses around you? Many of us are defined by our personal skills and gifts. How would you feel if everything you worked so hard for was taken away in a split second? Would you be able to rebuild and persevere?

Well in The Hoopster by Alan Lawrence Sitomer a teenage African American boy named Andre has to do just that. He is on the right path to success on the court and off. He is a basketball player with a "deadly jumpshot" and a writer for a
Andre Anderson is a black teenager with a bright future. He loves to play basketball. He loves to hang out with his friends. He loves to laugh. Andre has skills, brains and heart. He also has a burning dream to be more than anyone thinks he can, both on the court and in the field of journalism.

But when Andre gets his chance at the big time he incites flaming passions in areas no one ever expected, including the heart of his smart, ambitious, hot girlfriend, Gwen, and the hateful soul of a viciou
Leonid Musheghyan
I chose this book because it was still about the Anderson family, like in Homeboyz, but only it focuses on the oldest brother, Andre. Andre Anderson is a hard-working, basketball loving person who is an editor for a newspaper. After all his despise towards his boss for not giving him a chance to write a piece changes in one day. He gets called into his boss's office where he gets an opportunity to write a piece for the newspaper. Andre decides to write about the African-American community and af ...more
 Imani ♥ ☮
Pretty good storyline. Some of it was a little too...dramatized but overall a really good book :)

I just thought about something, concerning the titles of this book (The Hoopster), Homeboyz, and Hip-Hop High School. All of the aforementioned titles are, well, to put it bluntly, are in some way stereotypical of African American culture.

Homeboyz ----> Gangsters
Hip Hop High School ---> Rappers
The Hoopster ----> Of course all Black people are good basketball players.

And the thing is, none of
Shaun Harris

I chose this book because Marco reccomended it to me. This book is amazing and it is about a 14 year old boy who is a local "hoopster" at his parks basketball court. He basically "Owns the Court" . But when Andre becomes famous for writing an article againist racism in a popular magizine, he quickly becomes a target to people who disagree with him. Andre is badly beaten and slips into depression. Now no one can reach him and his family and frie nds can not save him. My favorite quote is when A
This book is about an ambitious young black boy named Andre, he lives in a time where some people were still racist it's hard for him because he's best friend is white. But that doesn't stop them from being friends his cousin Cedric is like the cocky one in the family, they all love to play ball but each have something they are good at. Like Andre is a writer, Shawn is a artist & Cedric is a comedian. Later on in the story they learn to slowly achieve those dreams.

The story starts to take
Narek Aloyan
I chose this book because I decided to change my "book reading routine" and read a book about sports. The story I read was completely different than what I expected. Andre, an African-American and the main character, is a superb writer who works at Affairs magazine as the printer is suddenly given the task of writing about racism. His article raised the amount of readers and he was given a raise; but his good fortune was short lived when he got ambushed by a viscous gang of racist and they broke ...more
Jacari Lenoir
Andre Johnson loves to play basketball like any other kid, with his white best friend Shawn and his relative, Cedric. A basketball players'biggest dreams was really to go to the pros right? Well, Andre's dream was to become a journalist. So to work on that he got a little summer job that was like a little magazine company. Andre meets this girl name Gwen that he was introduced to from Shawn. Shawn always felt that he wasn't focusing on his social life. Andre was asked to write an article on raci ...more
Lea Martin

Hoopster is not the book your expecting to be. As you look at the cover you probably thinking this book just all about basketball and thats it. Wrong it has more to it than that, dont judge a book by its cover literally. As it came to it, I only read the book because I thought it was all about basketball, Dont get me wrong it has basketball stuff in it. But its not all about ball, this book has such great details and you can just picture everything in your head because of how the details are.
Text to Self: "Shawn's feet left the ground and he flew through the air, trying to prevent the winning basket. There was a violent collision. Both players crashed to the ground." This reminds me of a game in eighth grade when I had to foul someone to stop the clock and my arm got wrapped around the guys head on accident. There was only a few seconds left in the game and I had to foul someone and when they threw the ball in I jumped and reached for the guy but my arms ended up around his neck
Nov 05, 2013 Mohammad rated it 5 of 5 stars
I chose this book because. This book is amazing and it is about a 14 year old boy who is a local "hoopster" at his parks basketball court. He basically "Owns the Court" . But when Andre becomes famous for writing an article against racism in a popular magazine, he quickly becomes a target to people who disagree with him. Andre is badly beaten and slips into depression. Now no one can reach him and his family and friends cannot save him. My favorite quote is when Andre is playing basketball " A h ...more
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Alan Lawrence Sitomer is a California Teacher of the Year award winner and the founder of The Writer’s Success Academy. In addition to having been an inner-city high school English teacher and former professor in the Graduate School Of Education at Loyola Marymount University, Mr. Sitomer is a nationally renowned keynote speaker who specializes in engaging underperforming students. To date, Mr. Si ...more
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