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Wheelchair Warrior: Gangs, Disability and Basketball
Melvin Juette has said that becoming paralyzed in a gang-related shooting was "both the worst and best thing that happened" to him. The incident, he believes, surely spared the then sixteen year-old African American from prison and/or an early death. It transformed him in other ways, too. He attended college and made wheelchair basketball his passion-ultimately becoming a ...more
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published March 28th 2008 by Temple University Press
(first published February 1st 2008)
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Wheelchair warrior is a great and inspiring book for everyone to read. It is about a man named Melvin Juette who is in a gang at the age of 16 in Detroit. Before he was in a gang he lived in a nice and happy quant life in the northern part of Detroit when there aren't a lot of crimes. The reason he and his family moved to the inner city is because his house caught on fire and most of it burned down. They didn't have that much money so that is why Melvin and and family had to move to a much cheap ...more
I read this book for my 3rd Quarter Project and it was a good book. I liked it because of the interest I have in basketball and about gangs. I did not know much about gangs before I read and now I have a greater knowledge of what goes on in a gang from a source who was part of a gang. This book would be for people who are interested in sports or have a general interest in a true life story of a person who overcomes disability and gang life.
Community Service Coordinator of the Deferred Prosecution Unit of the Dane County District Attorney's Office in Madison, Wisconsin.More about Melvin Juette...