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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...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published February 14th 2012 by Ember (first published 1981)
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Jermaine Hall
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
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...more
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.
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 4 of 5 stars  ·  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
Troy Dugas
Walter Dean Myers Hoops is one of the most inspiring books I ever read. I enjoyed this book a lot because basketball is one of my favorite sports and I can relate to this story. A teenage basketball player from Harlem is friends by a former professional player who. After being forced to quit because of his behavior, hopes to prevent other young athletes from repeating his mistake and tries to become the best athlete he can be.

He lives with his mother, his father left them when Lonnie was young...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
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
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...more
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
Brewer Community School
The book I read was called Hoops, by Walter Dean Myers. It is about a kid out of high school named Lonnie who was really good at basketball. He meets this guy named Cal who he thought was just a wino, but ended up being his coach and mentor. Lonnie's team is really good, and he is the best player, but Cal has a bad history and a lot of people dislike him and don't want to see him in the tournament.

I think if this book were to continue, then Lonnie would get into a college and make it to the NBA...more
Jarid Ryan
Hoopz is a great book from the beginig to the end. Lonnie the main character in the book was my favorite. Hoopz had some intense scene like when he held a gun to a coach.I would reccomend this book to bouys in middle school to highschool.
p.25 Except for the bag on his shoulder, he looked just like he did on television.
p.162 The game is more than what goes on out on a basketball court.

Another excellent story by Walter Dean Myers. The main character, Lonnie, is a month away from his HS graduation and uncertain about his future direction. We follow the journey of Lonnie as he deals with all of the obstacles on and off the basketball court. Early in the novel, Lonnie is witness to a hold up. The game is Lonnie's ticket to college, i...more
This is a really good book. I personally love basketball, I play it & I watch it all the time. Coming from a poor neighborhood myself, I can kind of relate to Lonnie. The whole idea about where you come from does not determine where you will go in life.
I enjoyed this book so much and I am currently looking for the sequel titled The Outside Shot.
Well, Lonnie is a young boy who dreams of becoming a NBA played. A team is formed to get scouts to look at the high school students. His coach, a fo...more
Andrew Backs
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Hoops is a story of Lonnie Jackson. He is a hard nosed, ear to the street African-American male, in his senior year of high school. As Lonnie moves closer and closer to finishing high school, he is faced with trying to think about how he is going to find his own way. Lonnie earns a meager paycheck and shelter over his head by working a smaller hotel in Harlem. Lonnie's father had left him and his mother, and after taking the job at the hotel, Lonnie spent most of his days playing ball wit

The book Hoops is about a kid named Lonnie Jackson who it's in his point of view. While he goes to a tournament his coach Cal, teaches him many things both physically and his mental strength. Cal becomes Lonnie's best friend as he also teaches him lessons outside of basketball. Cal Jones was in the National Basketball Association or the professional basketball. So Cal wants Lonnie to be seen by the College scouts who came all over just to see this tournament in New York City.
Meanwhile Cal is sti...more
Brian Dennin
Hoops was an overall good book. It was pretty short book, but there was a lot of action and suspense in it. It taught you life lessons and was a fun book to read at the same time. Hoops had a lot of stuff that I like, basketball games, mystery, conflict between character vs. character and society, which I like to read. Some parts were confusing though and I really didn't understand why he put stuff in Hoops, like how there was a relationship between Ox and a girl and Ox is known for not be socia...more
David Rodriguez
I choose Hoops because it is a good example for teens to see how hard someone has to work to get a better future and the hard work you have to go through. This is story of a guy that plays basketball out in the streets. He has a hard life at home his parents don’t like him and the only way to feel happy is playing ball he ends up getting a chance to play different teams to earns a scholarship to go college and have a good education but his decsions make it hard.

The central conflict is man vs....more
Charles Mournet
Hoops is a story of struggle and triumph. Lonnie Jackson a teenager almost finished with high school was stuck at a cross road. He had no clue whether or not to get a job or do something with himself. We learn a lot about Lonnie from the decisions he makes. The first somewhat essential decision he comes to that shows a lot about his personality is when he decides to steal a case of liquor not so much to drink but to sell which tells me that he has a tough life where he is willing to steal to pic...more
Zhao Yong Chen
Hoops, by Walter Dean Myers, is about a 17 year old basketball player, Lonnie Jackson, from New York City. It starts by showing his regular life and how it changes when he joins a basketball team composed of friends and strangers all hoping to make a college team or the NBA one day. His coach, was in the NBA before getting kicked out for making his team lose to help some betters win money, ever since then he has been drinking. In the story, his friend starts hanging out with rich white folks and...more
Justin Liang
Hoops by Walter Dean Myers is about is about a seventeen year old teenager named Lonnie Jackson. He is a basketball player from the city that never sleeps, New York City. During the beginning of the book, Lonnie Jackson is viewed as a normal teenager doing his regular activities, but that all changes when there is a new coach in charge of Lonnie’s basketball team. When Lonnie finds out that Cal, his coach is a drinker, he has the desire to quit the basketball team. Luckily the support of his gir...more
Walter Dean Myers’ book Hoops is about a young black 17 year old kid named Lonnie Jackson. He knows how to play basketball better than any other. Lonnie lives in the Harlem, NY at the Grant, a place he works at ever since his mom has been, as Lonnie says, “All over my back lately,” (2). It is an incredible story, and I highly recommend it to anyone who loves basketball, and overcoming obstacles.

This story is about a High school ball player named Lonnie. He is an amazing basketball player; and dr...more
Hoops, a fiction book, by Walter Dean Myers is a great book filled with sports, romance, and real life situations.17 year old Lonnie Jackson can really play basketball he has enough skill to get him to play in college and in the NBA. His new coach Cal played in the NBA he was banned for shaving points. Lonnie wants to quit the team when he finds out that Cal is a wino. He continues to play with the help of his girlfriend Mary-Ann and his friends. Lonnie’s team is excepted to play in the local to...more
Nicholas Wong
This book is about a basket ball player called Lonnie and he is like the best in his town at basket ball until he meets this coach called Cal and Cal beats him basket ball and says he wants to coach him. At first Lonnie says no then he agrees and tells his friends and they form a team. Cal believes they can be really good and end up famous so play other teams and they win a lot of them but then since they live in a bad neighborhood bad things happen to them such as fights from other teams. Also...more
Mason Spaulding
I hated the book. Sports isn't my thing. I like science fiction, post-apocalyptic, and war books. I would've liked Shooter or Maze Runner. The only thing I liked about it was the characters. The setting of the book was Harlem, New York. Harlem's famous for its crime rate. So most of the characters have a very rough life.

Lonnie is the main character. His dad left him when he was younger. He now lives with his mom who is constantly nagging him to do stuff around the house. Lonnie has recently gra...more
Mar 01, 2012 Noah is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
Dear Charan,

I'm reading a book entitled Hoops by Walter Dean Myers which is a work of fiction. I thought the author wrote this book because he wanted to show teenagers that you shouldn't be afraid to fight for your dreams, its going to take time to accomplished those dreams. His other reason for writing the book are showing the difficulty personal life of teen's. An important lesson or idea or theme is don't give up on your dreams,don't get caught up with the wrong crowd because it could me cha...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...more
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