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An ALA-YALSA Best Book for Young Adults

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All eyes are on seventeen-year-old Lonnie Jackson while he practices with his team for a city-wide basketball Tournament of Champions. His coach, Cal, knows Lonnie has what it takes to be a
Paperback, 224 pages
Published February 14th 2012 by Ember (first published 1981)
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Jermaine Hall
Dec 13, 2012 Jermaine Hall rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have always hated reading because I thought it was a waste of time. I have been learning that reading helps me with my grammar and comprehension. A few weeks ago, Mr. Welsh told me to pick a “Good read” book. I picked a book that looked interesting to me called “Hoop`s”, I choose this book because I am a fan and love the sport of basketball. This book turned out to be interesting because it taught some important skills that I can apply in this basketball season. “Hoop’s” also talks about a lo ...more
Feb 21, 2012 Mannix rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The book "Hoops" was a absolutely fantastic book. When I looked at its cover I thought it would be full of sports action, but it is not full of all basketball. Walter Dean Myers tries to take the sport of basketball and put it into life. It is a life changing book because it shows how a kid that lives in a poor neighborhood can still fulfill their dreams. It is about a 17 year old teenager that loves basketball, but lacks guidannce in life. But when a man names Cal, former NBA player and now coa ...more
Every on is watching Lonnie Jackson while him and his team practices for a city-wide basketball Tournament. Lonnie Jackson’s head coach, Cal knows Lonnie has what he needs to be a pro-basketball player, but warns him about everything he needs to know. Cal knows because he once had the chance-but failed and screwed up.
As the last seconds of the game clock runs away Lonnie and Cal must make a choice. Are they willing to blow the chance of a lifetime? You will haft to read the book to find out wh
Gavin Woods
Gavin Woods 9/16/14
Schleifer 9H Book Essay

What if you were a discarded child, living in the slums of Harlem? What if all you had was a mother who didn’t care for you, and corrupted and juvenile kids that you call your friends have influenced all of your life decisions? If this sounds familiar to you, then you live a similar lifestyle as Lonnie, the main character in the book, Hoops by Walter Dean Myers, if not then consider yourself lucky. A poor student who is pleased with getting by with a pa
Oct 08, 2015 Dylan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I overall thought this book was a very good read for many reasons. One reason was because of the characters in this book. The main character Lonnie Jackson was very interesting because he is around my age and goes through many challenges while chasing his dream at the same time. He has a strong connection with his coach which was very interesting to me. I think it was very special how a coach can make an impact on someone as a person and as a player. The coach cal was very helpful to him making ...more
Keira Francis
Nov 16, 2014 Keira Francis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lonnie Jackson is a 17 year old basketball star. Well, at least in the area he's from. Him and his team are participating in a citywide basketball tournament that will give players who didn't make a college team already to be looked at by college scouts. Cal, their teams coach, believes that Lonnie can make it all the way to the NBA. If he works hard and doesn't get into trouble. Why does Cal know this? Because he had a chance to be a superstar in the NBA, but blew his shot. The tournament is ge ...more
Erik P.
The book, Hoops, by Walter Dean was a good book I liked it. But I didn’t love it either, it did have its ups and downs. One down was that, it was constantly changing topics. But one of the ups was that, the book was very descriptive it had many details included. For example, ”While I was in the center, I got a call from MaryAnn. She was worried”. I thought that sentence was a very descriptive one because it could’ve just said something plane and not included the extra detail. This book really di ...more
Max Luc
Hoops by Walter Dean Myers is a realistic fiction book about a 17-year-old named Lonnie Jackson who is always playing basketball and struggles to live in the ghetto. Lonnie who has a ton of talent in basketball, dreams of playing in professional basketball. Lonnie’s basketball coach, a former professional basketball player, named Cal tries to mentor Lonnie to become a pro basketballer like himself. Cal then enters Lonnie and his team into a basketball tournament that could turn Lonnie’s life aro ...more
Nov 16, 2009 Kamrin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: yal-2009
So...technically I liked this book. It definitely kept my interest, and I couldn't put it down. I started reading it at night, and didn't go to sleep until I had finished the entire thing. It's about a boy who lives in Harlem, Lonnie. Lonnie loves to play basketball and in the spring of his senior year, he gets the opportunity to play in a tournament with college scouts. At first, Lonnie isn't really sure if he wants to play because he doesn't really like the coach. However, after a while, Lonni ...more
Josh H.
Aug 21, 2011 Josh H. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is about a boy a young man named Lonnie that is growing up in the ghetto living a hard life. But the thing that he loves the most is basketball. He is very good at it and it have been around him his whole life. He is growing up with a mother that they always get in arguments and the only thing that he will ever do to cheer himself up is play basketball. Then one day he saw a man named Cal laying down on the basketball court. But it turns out he becomes a basketball coach for a couple f ...more
Danny Karmin
Feb 28, 2013 Danny Karmin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Basketball players
Recommended to Danny by: My friends
Shelves: 3rd-quarter
Hoops was about high school student Lonnie Jackson, who's life is all about basketball. Lonnie has what it takes to go to the NBA if he focuses on it. Lonnie is playing for a city-wide basketball Tournament and is coached by an old basketball player named Cal. Cal never went to the NBA because of choices he made and he regrets what he did and he wants Lonnie to do the opposite. In one of the last games of the tournament, there are these betters who tell Cal to bench Lonnie for them to win the be ...more
Rafael Trevino
I think this was a wonderful book to read especially since i was in the middle of basketball season. I can definitely relate to Lonnie whom is the main character of the story, a 17 year old kid who has a chance of a life time because i also have a chance and it could be the only chance ill ever get. That is to do really great in basketball and try to achieve so much. Even though, Lonnie in the story goes through tough times and gets into peer pressure i can definitely relate myself to him becau ...more
Saul Hernandez
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This book was very interesting and very humorous. It can relate to many people in the world struggling to make it out and achieve their dreams. Its about this young man who is trying to achieve a basketball dream an hes from the hood. This book shows partnership and love is important in life.
Divine Ochiagha
Apr 17, 2015 Divine Ochiagha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I feel like the book was written well because it shows the struggles of one ballplayer Lonnie Jackson and the way he tries and get himself to the top of basketball. Along the way there is a coach who wants to coach him and has gone through the same experiences as Lonnie. They teams in this book and become great friends and help each other out
Jåkë Põpp
Oct 20, 2014 Jåkë Põpp rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A boy named Lonnie was a seven teen year old kid from a poor neighborhood and didn't have a fantastic life. all he had in his life was basketball. A man named cal a former nba player now his teams coach. Lonnie didn't have much guidance in his life, since his coach came into the picture a lot has been going right for him and he is guiding Lonnie to the right path. read to find out if Lonnie succeeds or messes up! I give this book 5 star raising because this book has kept me reading up until the ...more
May 09, 2016 TerrenceB rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The main character in Hoops is seventeen-year-old Lonnie Jackson, who hopes that he will become a professional basketball player. He is a senior in high school and is feeling tense about what his next steps in life will be. Basketball could be a way out of Harlem, a way to flow status in the world, and a way to have some self-esteem. Lonnie is one of the best players in Harlem. He believes that there is a real chance that his dream could come true.

Lonnie rarely stays at home with his mother. He
Justin Sterner
The novel "Hoops" by Walter Dean Myers, is a book that seems to be just all about a kid who plays basketball. Well, in my opinion this book has more of a meaning than just basketball. In the beginning of the book it may seem that it is all about basketball (and it basically is), but when you continue reading, you should feel that it has more of a meaning on how, no matter what is thrown at you, you have to be honest and make the right decisions.
The story is about a senior in high-school, name
Fernando Davila
Hoops by Walter Dean Myers is a book based on a star player named Lonnie who is a senior in highschool with a dream of being in the Nba. He is very good and is actually the team captain of his high school team. Growing up in a neighborhood that he did put him in a spot where he couldn’t play in a big game that would give him exposure to coaches, and all because they were putting money up so he wouldnt play in the game so his team could lose. His coach was involved with people who put money up an ...more
Brandon De
Hoops-Book Review

The book I read was called “Hoops” written by Walter Dean Myers. In this book the main characters are Lonnie, the young basketball player and Cal, his coach. The setting takes place mostly in the city of Harlem and at his high school. This is an exciting book about a young basketball player and his dreams of becoming a professional basketball player. He goes through many ups and downs to try and achieve his goal. I picked this book to read because I love sports.
This story is a
Hoops by Walter Dean Myers tells the story of a 17 year old boy who has a passion for basketball.

Hoops takes place in the 60s or 70s in Harlem New York.The book begins with the main character Lonnie Jackson hearing about an upcoming basketball tournament.Lonnie is a average 17 year old boy who has a passion for basketball.Later in the story Lonnie is told he can't play in the tourament even though him and his team have already been playing in the tournament.

This book was a suspense filled book i
Davis Edwards
This book is written in the 1st Person Narrator and this point of view is effective for this novel because it shows the character an dhow he has progressed through the story. Lonnie Jackson is the main character and his significance is the change and progress throughout the story. Cal Jones is the coach and his significance is to push the team to win there championship game. Mary-Ann is Lonnie Jackson's girlfriend and her significance is too help Lonnie grow up and make him work harder. O'Donnel ...more
For those older students, 8th grade and up, this is filled with the basketball life of Lonnie, a high school senior who tells his story of living in Harlem, and living with a basketball skill he thinks might make a dream of the NBA a reality. Along comes a man he’s seen passed out on an outside court, Cal, coaching the local tournament put together so college scouts can find players for their teams. Lonnie can’t believe this man can be the coach, yet he doesn’t give up the team. Nothing in Lonni ...more
Ms. Feigen's English 9 Classes Feigen
Hoops is a fiction book written by Walter Dean Myers in January of 1981. I figured this would be another normal book that I read but didn’t like reading. A couple chapters in this book got interesting not necessarily a lot of action or exciting areas, just interesting to me. Myers got his inspiration for this book probably when he was growing up considering he grew up in the streets of Harlem just like Lonnie the main character. While I was reading this book I was very intrigued by the writing a ...more
Abel Villarreal
May 13, 2015 Abel Villarreal rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hoops by Walter Dean Myers is about a young boy named Lonnie Jackson and his desire to make it to the NBA. One day he finds out about a basketball team being formed at his gym and the team is going to enter a tournament. He soon finds out that there will be college scouts attending the tournament and see's it as the perfect chance to make a good impression with Lonnie being the best player on the team. However while attending his first practice Lonnie finds out that the coach is a drunk old man ...more
Alex Kraus
Sep 22, 2014 Alex Kraus rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lonnie Jackson is on the streets by his house when all the sudden a Riot breaks out at the local market store and people some how get locked in the store while others are parting out on the streets with alcohol and drugs. So far Lonnie has not gotten into any trouble with this happening.
Shane Allen
The story is a story about basketball and life in the "ghetto". The main protagonist, Lonnie, lives in Harlem. Lonnie wants to stay out of the violence in his neighborhood. He's still in school, but all he can think about is basketball, in which he is gifted in. His only chance to escape poverty comes with a basketball tournament for street kids. Scouts from colleges will be there and he has to show his skill off. He has a friend named Cal who taught him a lot but fails to be there when he neede ...more
May 30, 2014 Robert marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
hoops was a good book it is similer to a lot of other books about basketball it was a very emotional story about a guy than reach his dreams he started from the bottom playing on the streets to the top playing basketball in front of a lot of people. the strugle it took to make it many people can relate to it. it happens to alot but not evey body gets what they want. its one of the best books about basketball that i read. make me think if i try as hard i can become a profesional basketball player ...more
Darius Gillespie
May 27, 2014 Darius Gillespie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really don't like reading but this book I had to read into a little bit. My teacher Mr. Simpson had to make me read it but I thought I wouldn't like it but overall it was actually a really good book. I love sports so this book really caught my attention when I saw the cover. Both of my reading teachers said it was a good book so if they said it I really had to read it.
I like the way the way the author started thus book with husband life and how he was struggling in life just trying to make it
Mar 28, 2014 Jemini rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Its a good book about a kid name lonnie who gets motivated to take basketball seriously by his coach Cal.I was hoping to get a story of basketball out of this book because i play ball and it is intresting to me. this books goes through the life of lonnie Jackson a kid who has alot of family and friend problems and gets distracted about basketball and what he was planning to do with it . He then meets his new coach Cal who he thought was a homeless drunk in the gym . Later on in the story Lonnie ...more
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Walter Dean Myers was born on August 12, 1937 in Martinsburg, West Virginia but moved to Harlem with his foster parents at age three. He was brought up and went to public school there. He attended Stuyvesant High School until the age of seventeen when he joined the army.

After serving four years in the army, he worked at various jobs and earned a BA from Empi
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