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Seventeen-year-old Greg "Slam" Harris can do it all on the basketball court. He's seen ballplayers come and go, and he knows he could be one of the lucky ones. Maybe he'll make it to the top. Or maybe he'll stumble along the way. Slam's grades aren't that hot. And when his teachers jam his troubles in his face, he blows up. Slam never doubted himself on the court until he ...more
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Andrew Johns
Mar 21, 2013 Andrew Johns rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
By: Walter Dean Myers
Review by- Andrew Johns

Slam! By Walter Dean Myers takes you into the life of Gregory Harris other wise known as Slam. It shows the struggles he has to face in his neighborhood in Harlem, New York. The book will take you into his life and you will experience the life choices that he has to make, the people who are there to help him are Matisha, Ice, Derek(his little brother), his mother and father and teachers.

Slam loves basketball, he wants to make it big and do what he
Feb 20, 2009 Rashad rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: book-club
In the book Slam! a young man that goes by the name of slam plays basketball for his high school. Slam is a good athlete but growing up in the mean streets of new york is hard.Most of his pears dont even make it out of high school, their either shot or end up going to jail.
I think this is a good book but i do not recommend this book to someone who is not real mature, because of the language and some of the scenes in the book.
My favorite part of this book is when slam is fighting his best frie
Jan 08, 2008 Keishi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Teenagers
Shelves: 9th-grade
Slam! Scholastic,1998, 273pp., $5.99
Walter Dean Myers ISBN 0-59-048668-3

By looking at the cover picture from Slam! by Walter Dean Myers, I guessed that the protagonist was a basketball player who was in jail. However, the story and the main character were different than I thought and it caught my attention from the very first chapter. And I couldnt put the book down.

Greg Harris, or his nickname "Slam," an African American high school student, is a talented basketball player, but not so talented
Oct 11, 2009 Erin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: basketball enthusiasts
I have long been a fan of Walter Dean Myers, even before I had the pleasure of meeting both him and his son, Christopher Myers, at a book talk in Washington, DC. Bringing authenticity to his narratives, Myers draws on his own past experiences growing up in Harlem in order to realistically portray the struggles of his young inner-city characters.

The main character in this particular novel is a would-be basketball star who is struggling academically in a NYC magnet school; his friends call him Sla
Kelley Ross
May 06, 2010 Kelley Ross rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This is another teen basketball book, since I told myself I had to read a few in order to be a well-rounded teacher. This book was just a complete mess from beginning to end, and hard to read.

Let me explain. The story sets up quite a few issues that the main character has to overcome. His team includes white and black players- he has to overcome prejudice. His coach is mean to him- he has to hold his temper. He doesn't do his schoolwork... he never learns to do his schoolwork. There is no signi
Grant Martignetti
Grant Martignetti
Mr. Ambrose

The book “Slam” by Walter Dean Myers is about a high school boy named Greg who has trouble succeeding both in school and out. He is a superstar high school basketball player who fights the challenge of keeping his grades up as well as cooping with the issue that his best friend Ice is a drug dealer. The result of the ciaos causes fights between best friends and ends their relationship, and at the same time Greg also is fighting to keep a relationship with his l
Sep 09, 2015 Mason rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mason Chambliss
Period 4
Slam! is a novel, written by Walter Dean Myers, about a young boy wanting to become a great basketball player, but he has to balance his grades and his personal life. The boy’s name was Greg Harris, but everyone calls him Slam. Slam used to go to school with his best friend, Ice, but Slam transferred to a different school, while Ice gets in some trouble by getting into drugs and drug dealing. Slam and Ice’s relationship decreases, but Slam’s love relationship
Oct 04, 2011 Jordan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I’ve had to ditch some things that are slowing down my life. Such as friends making bad choices, habits that effect my life, and overall decisions and lifestyles that simply aren’t needed. For example, I’m a very talkative person. Last year I wasn’t doing all that well in science, and I knew that I needed to pay more attention, and that meant zip the lip. But my table was all talkative, and the temptations were too strong; I continued to talk and do bad. But one day I decided that even though ta ...more
Aaron J
I read Slam! because I had read a previous Walter Dean Myers book, Monster, and loved it. Being a high school basketball player and seeing that Walter Dean Myers was the author I picked it up immediately, and what a great decision it was.

Slam is about an up and coming basketball player named Greg but is referred to as Slam. Coming from a black part of the Bronx he then transfers from his black school to a white school. He has to go through the culture change and the consequences for his poor g
Sujit Bajaj
Jun 05, 2014 Sujit Bajaj rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book takes place in many different inner city schools of New York such as Carver High School, Latimer High School, and Trinity High School in 1975. The high school student Greg Harris, also called Slam, transfers from Carver High School to Latimer High School. He struggled with family, culture, and talent. He thought his life was going to improve as basketball season approaches. He makes the basketball team for his school by playing one-on-one with the coach at the tryouts. He does not seem ...more
Christopher Bates
Walter Dean Myers does not disappoint in this story of a high school kid trapped in the ghetto where only his game can get him out. Greg Harris is a boy with god gifted athleticism and the work ethic to be great. But will his attitude and grades hold him back. These are the obstacles that Slam (his nickname) is forced to overcome. On top of all this he has suspicions of his best friend Benny Reece (who he calls Ice) is dealing crack on the street. Walter Dean Myers does it again as he brings out ...more
Steven Buruato
May 28, 2013 Steven Buruato rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
3,2,1 and the buzzer goes off. The book Slam! by Walter Dean Myers is an excellent written book.This book is about a high school basketball player, soon known as Slam because of his skill in basketball. This book isn't just about a student being on the basketball team, but also about his life in his neighborhood. It is also about all the people he calls friends, like his best friend Ice who he soon believes to become a drug dealer. As he tries to find the truth of his friend he is also stressed ...more
The book slam was an intriguing look into the life of a young man coming of age in a rough environment. it revolves around Gregory "slam" Harris. he is a very talented basketball player with dreams of playing ball in college. he has parents who support him but want him to also get a good education because they will not be able to afford to pay to send him to a college. he is surrounded by problems all around but basketball has always been the outlet in which he can escape all his problems and be ...more
Int'l librarian
The dialogue is dated, but the story is timeless. It’s a great wake-up call for any pro-sport wannabe.

In many ways 17-year-old Slam is a typical arrogant athletic teen. He can’t figure out why his basketball coach limits his playing time, and he’s not much better at understanding his girlfriend. He’s flunking classes, but refuses to put in the effort to learn. When adults try to give him advice, he snaps back. He’s content with a 740 PSAT, knowing that a 700 is all he needs for college, as long
Feb 04, 2014 Ricky rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gregory "Slam" Harris is a talented basketball player with big dreams. Unfortunately , these big dreams came with obstacles he had to overcome. Throughout his life , Slam always dreamt of becoming a college ball player but his grades were slipping and holding him back from his dreams. Although his mom couldn't afford to change his school , with the help of Slam's girlfriend , Mitisha , his teachers and family , Slam became capable of proving to himself and others that he could make something ou ...more
Slam is a kid from the hood that had a passion for basketball. He was so good he managed to get into a preppy white school. All the students made fun of him because he was black. All Slam wanted was to fit it. But when a man form the hood shot the principle in the school things got tuff for slam because the students thought that all black people were the same. So what he did was he showed them on the court that he he was different than all the black people and that he could be as good as them in ...more
Roger Byykkonen
I felt this was another nice novel from Walter Dean Myers. It has many issues present that youth in New York City have to deal with everyday. The main character knows all about surviving and winning on the basketball court, but he is really struggling to make it in all other areas of his life. The book was an easy read and Slam has to make many life decisions students face all the time. Anyone living in a big city would have to feel like this could be talking about kids in their one neighborhood ...more
Alice J
Jan 23, 2012 Alice J rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Greg Harris (a.k.a Slam) is great at basketball. He thinks he could play for the NBA someday. However, away from basketball, his life is falling apart. He struggles with school and his friends, and his attitude and grades might even begin to affect him being allowed to play basketball! I would recommend this book to someone who is interested in basketball and enjoys books that show the difficulties of teenage life.
Jun 02, 2012 7703Emil rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Walter Dean Myers, the author of Slam, did a great job in writing this book. The problems are so realistic, and it tells about the life of a high schooler facing problems in his hood. The book is not only about basketball, so you wouldn't be bored to read it. Slam has to let go of his friends, be brave, and do what he does best, play basketball. Overall it was a great book and I'm hoping there is a sequel.
This book is fantastic. I love this book because it describes how hard his life is coming into a new school. Also it includes playing basketball, where as I love to play basketball. The way he works so hard to show the basketball coach what he is made of, but the coach doesn't pay any mind to him. This book is great if you can relate or if you want to just feel the rush of the way he talks about basketball and his moves.
Kurtis Mckeon
Mar 20, 2014 Kurtis Mckeon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Slam, was a great book. It's about a kid named Slam who is great at basketball. Unfortunately for Slam he can't keep his grades up. Slam has to switch schools and the school he goes to is harder. He switched from Carver. The coach at his new school doesn't like him because he dunks on the coach and his teammates. He makes all the big shots when they need them and the coach finally starts playing him.
Dec 04, 2008 Jesse rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This guy slam really loves basketball. He thought that he could not play on his team because he thought that he was not good enough to play ball. He played a game and the coatch said if you dont win this game tonight you are off the team. and it turns out that he helped the team win the game. so he gets to stay on the team.
Dalton Lyles
I'm so glad that I have read this book coach Phillips recommended this book to me called SLAM! At first I thought it was going to be just another sports book but when I began to read it I realized that this teenage boy has problems with his self and at home. He loves sports. This book made me realize how I take things for granted in life. I rate this book as a solid three.
Demarius Turner
Mar 16, 2016 Demarius Turner rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The book Slam was grate.It was energetic and the book reminds me of myself because I sorta like basketball. You should really read this book and see what it's about.!!!!!!!
Oct 21, 2016 Kevin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thought this was a decent book even tho some parts were so easy to predict but other than that i liked books
Bri Allen
Sep 06, 2012 Bri Allen is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
this is a great book so far.
Jennifer Scroggins
Not my favorite . . .
Nermin M.
Feb 15, 2017 Nermin M. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ball is Life
By: Nermin M.

Right when I opened the book “Slam!”, I thought something terrible involving crime would take place somewhere in there. But the thing is, that never happens. As much as Greg Harris or “Slam”, as many people call him, may talk about all the crime and drugs going on, he never gets involved. Except for once, but I’ll leave that for the readers to find out.
Greg, a junior in high school, just moved from a school where he was popular and had a good basketball team to a school
Nathan Schielke
Dec 09, 2016 Nathan Schielke rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016-and-2017
1-The author of the book is Walter Dean Myers and the books he has writing throughout the years talk about some who struggles to do the impossible but later on, they get through the task and they do it. The books he has writing were Slam!, Motown and Didi and many more books. Some of the books he has written change a lot of young adults throughout the Us and he does it in a way that no one could explain at all.

2-The time period of the book was written in 1996 in the United states.

3-The setting o
Josiah Fitch
Jan 17, 2017 Josiah Fitch rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In the book Slam there is a high school boy who is all about playing basketball. His whole life is about basketball. His friends play, and this one friend in particular is really good. But this book was so much more than what it seemed. It seemed as if it was one character looking for a future in basketball. When you look deeper than that, you see a boy who cares about his family, his friends, and the game of basketball. This book was really good to me because it shows how hard being an athlete ...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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