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Box Out

3.95  ·  Rating Details ·  665 Ratings  ·  125 Reviews
John Coy turns to the high-stakes world of high school basketball in this fast-paced YA novel.

Liam has just been bumped up to starter on the varsity basketball team, and the pressure's on. With the girls' team heading to State, the boys' team is under even greater scrutiny than usual in Liam's small midwestern town. When the team's coach starts counting on the power of pra
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published June 1st 2008 by Scholastic Press (first published January 1st 2008)
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Aravind Gopinath
Jan 02, 2015 Aravind Gopinath rated it really liked it
I just finished an intriguing book called "Box Out" by John Coy. The main character of this book was Liam Bergstorm who had to face one major situation to be apart of something he wanted for so long. In my opinion no one could have handled the situation better than Liam.

First off, Liam was a sophomore in high school who was a junior varsity basketball player. However, a player on varsity had a season-ending injury which provided Liam a chance on the varsity team. Coach Kloss, the varsity coach
Connor Hughes
Sep 30, 2013 Connor Hughes rated it it was amazing
The lights are on and the game is about to begin. Adrenaline pumps through the veins of every player. The coach enters the locker room, telling the X’s and O’s of that night’s game. Then, the coach orders the players to bow their heads and say The Lord’s Prayer. This is a public high school, you think in the back of your mind; this isn’t legal. Now, the question is do you stand up to your coach, or stay back in the crowd?

This perfectly describes the situation of Liam Bergstrom in Box Out by John
Sep 19, 2012 Nick rated it really liked it
Box Out By: John Coy

I have recently read "Box Out" by John Coy. There are many interesting points and topics to discuss about the book. The main character ran into many obstacles throughout the book which made it very compelling.

The main character of the book is Liam Bergstrom. Liam is a high school sophmore who is promoted to his varsity basketball team. He is very ambitious and he has a friendly personality. Mr and Mrs. Bergstrom are Liam's parents. Seth is Liam's best friend who helps Liam
Karen Ball
Jun 05, 2011 Karen Ball rated it really liked it
Another stellar sports novel from John Coy, who wrote Crackback. Liam is a sophomore and has just been moved up to the varsity basketball team. The head coach runs things very differently from the JV coach, including leading team prayers in practice and before (during and after) games, and requiring players to participate in a student-led Christian religious group. Although Liam is Catholic, he is pretty sure the coach of a public high school team should not be requiring students to participate ...more
Sep 08, 2014 Inaam rated it really liked it
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Box out
By John Coy

Liam Bergstrom leads a normal life, he just gets called out for the Varsity school basketball team. Liam has 2 problems in his life right now, his girlfriend is in France, alone on a trip with some friends, the other problem is the coach of the Varsity team. The Coach is leading prayers in the locker room and Liam does not feel comfortable but does not want to do anything about it because he is scared he will get kicked off or won’t get enough playing time, what will Liam wil
Nov 18, 2012 Maxp rated it it was amazing

Banned Book Review

Do you love basketball? Do you think prayer in school is right? Personally I love basketball and I do not think prayer in school is right. If you feel the same as me then this book if for you! I would recommend Box Out by John Coy to a friend because it’s about the excitement of basketball and how a varsity player, Liam Bergstrom makes a difficult decision. Liam is first introduced to Christian prayers when he attends his first varsity basketball practice. “Heavenly father, th
Oct 13, 2016 Ben rated it liked it
has great details and descriptions and hooks readers
Tyler B
Feb 05, 2013 Tyler B rated it really liked it
In the novel Box Out by John Coy, the combination of sentence flow and common interest made me enjoy this book from front to back. The novel really reminded me of the novel The Big game of Everything by Chris Lynch. I say that because they both were about sports which is my all time favorite thing to read about with an exception of The Hunger Games series. One thing the two books have in common is that they are both fairly easy to read. The vocabulary level is easy and I feel I could be reading ...more
Spencer P
Nov 19, 2012 Spencer P rated it did not like it
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For the banned book unit I choose “Box Out” by John Coy. This book was an excellent book, and it has been one of the best books I have ever read, and I would recommend this book to everyone. There are three main reasons why I would recommend this book: it's very surprising, keeps you hooked, and it's an involved book. If you don't think about what has happened in the book, then you wont understand what happens later on in the book.
In Liam's first varsi
I had the absolute pleasure of hearing John Coy speak in the Children's Materials class in the MLIS program a few weeks ago, and he had a lot of very interesting things to say about the state of boys interest in reading. What he said wasn't a big secret; boys are not really into reading these days, and haven't been for a very long time. Reading scores back up this fact, and what's more is that boys who don't read when they're young turn into men who don't read later in life. Coy suggested that i ...more
Denzel Bell
Box out is about a high school sophomore named Liam Bergstrom who plays on his high school basketball team. He plays Junior Varsity ,but due to an injury to one of the varsity players he has been bumped up to varsity. The main reason why their coach, Mr. Kloss, moved him to varsity instead of Liam’s best friend, Seth Crowley, is because Liam has a good talent for rebounding, and that is what they need on varsity. He also has a girlfriend who currently moved from his school to France for about 1 ...more
Nov 01, 2012 David rated it it was amazing

I would recommend the book Box Out by John Coy to a friend because it is an inspiring novel that takes place in the present day suburbs, about a boy named Liam who made varsity basketball as a sophomore, and is not afraid to do the right thing by telling about his coach praying before games, even if it means risking a spot on the team. There are many reasons as to why I would recommend this book. Even though there are several scenes of violence in this story, it should not be banned because it
Jun 14, 2012 Chincia rated it really liked it
I liked my book Box Out because it talked alot about betrayal and how people will only be used to benefit someone else.It also expresses how people change to seek what they want.Even though eventually people will get fed up and realize the truth or may speak up for themselves and can get the cold shoulder.For example,Liam Bergstroms coach only chooses him to join the varsity basketball team,because he would replace another senior who is injured,while the other players were actually chosen becau ...more
Jennifer Wardrip
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Liam Bergstrom is one lucky sophomore. The varsity coach is bringing him up from JV to rebound for the varsity. Another player's bad luck (an injury) has become good luck for Liam.

When he starts practicing with the varsity, he gives it everything he has. He wants to make his mark on the team because of his ability, not just because of his height. The coach seems impressed, and Liam spends a fair amount of time off the bench and righ
Hunter G
Nov 20, 2013 Hunter G rated it it was amazing
John Coy's book, Box out, is one of the best books I have ever read. I say this because it is about standing up for yourself and doing what is right, instead of being a follower and letting something bad continue. The story Is about a freshman basketball player named Liam who gets called up to play on the varsity team. This puts a lot of pressure on him because he is just a freshman, and when you are a freshman you usually do not talk to much because you could be a little shy. He is given a big ...more
Tommy Mcintosh
Jan 06, 2011 Tommy Mcintosh rated it liked it
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Matt skudre
Jan 06, 2012 Matt skudre rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

John Coy’s Boxout amazed me with all of its sports action. Got game! That’s what Liam wrote on his locker because he knew he was a good basketball player who got moved up to varsity. Liam is the main character of the book. Some of the older players don’t like him at all but others thought he was a good player but could improve in some areas.
Liam is a freshman basketball player who get’s moved up to varsity but eventually quits because of illegal stuff the coach does before the games. Liam is coc
Micah Birch
Nov 14, 2013 Micah Birch rated it it was amazing
Review Over Box Out By John Coy

Do you like basketball? If you do like basketball then you should read this book. It is about this guy named Liam who plays basketball and is one of the lucky ones to get moved up to play because he is good a rebounding. He isn't a bad play they like him a lot because he can rebound. But he doesn't like that facted that they pray.

Darius, the only black member and the leading offensive player, quits during the half-time of Liam's first game, feeling dissed by the co
Phil Mccown
Nov 11, 2013 Phil Mccown rated it really liked it
imagine all your biggest dream finally coming true, this novel takes place in a small town with the protagonist being a young boy named Liam Bergstrom. He is one of the tallest students at his high school and he is only a sophmore most of the older students already know him. Shocking news strikes when he is told one of the players on varsity will be done for the season, coach tells Liam he will be starting for the basketball team. Hearing this exciting news leaves him silent trying to find the r ...more
Feb 27, 2011 Nolan rated it really liked it
This story is very inspiring for the average teenage student. This book is about a sophomore, Liam Bergstrom, Who made the Varsity basketball team for his school. He feels great about his accomplishment and know his job on the team. Sense he is tall his main job on the team, as any other tall person on a basketball team, it's of course to box out and get the rebounds.
Liam eventually gets asked to join the Athletic leadership meeting after school. Of course Liam goes because he really is a lead
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Oct 15, 2010 Dk rated it it was amazing
This boook by John Coy is awsome, it has sports action, drama,and comedy. My favorite charcter is Liam. Liam is a freshman who gets to play for the JV basketball team. He has a girlfriend who is in Paris. I like this boobk becausee it like our school people talk all about basketball, and girlfriend. Well in this book Liam first game isnt as goood as he though it would. He misses 2 passes and freethrows. Not to metion the best player quits at first Darius is the player who quits. They lose thier ...more
Chris Slater
Nov 21, 2014 Chris Slater rated it really liked it
The book I read was called "Box Out" by John Coy! The main name is named Liam Bergstrom. The sophomore from Horizon High School finally get a call up from Coach Kloss to play varsity. The first game he play the star player,Darius Buckner,quits the team because the coach being so critical of him and his style. Also Coach Kloss prays with his team before every game. Which is against their school district regulations. So Liam tell the school district and snitch on his coach. At schoool, Liam and Da ...more
Dylan Leigh
Sep 11, 2012 Dylan Leigh rated it really liked it
I liked this book a lot. At first it started off confussing and a little hard to understand. It was also really boring. The end was a lot more exciting because unpredictable things kept on happening so I wanted to read to find out what was going to happy next. I also liked how the main character stood up for what he believed in even if it was going to ruin his chance at varsity basketball. In the end it helped him inprove his basketball and made his life a lot better. Before he stood up for what ...more
Jonathan D
Jun 06, 2011 Jonathan D rated it liked it
Box Out by John Coy is about a sophomore named Liam Bergstrom. He is has just made his varsity basketball team which is a big accomplishment for him, because it’s not often that a sophomore makes the varsity team. He is there to be the backup power forward/center. When he finds out that the coach is leading prayers in the locker room he is faced with a tough decision. He decides to stand up for what he believes in. He calls a government agency to see what he can do about it. He decides to take t ...more
Jul 15, 2009 Jessie rated it liked it
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Trevor Morgan
Oct 28, 2013 Trevor Morgan rated it really liked it
Box Out by John Coy
My opinion of this book was that I really liked it because I enjoyed how John Coy made Liam go into a good situation that turn into a bad situation. I recommend this book to mainly boys; just because it is about a boy. Yes, a girl could read it if she was really into sports. I have read other books by John Coy that I really enjoyed so far. I would recommend this author to anyone who enjoys sports books.
Liam is a sophomore at Horizon High School. He plays for the varsity baske
Erin Forson
Nov 29, 2011 Erin Forson rated it really liked it

Box Out
John Coy
Have you ever been in a situation where you had to stand up for what you believed in? Not in theory, but you really had to stand up and say, “this isn't right!” That means you purposefully put yourself in a place where others may treat you poorly or talk about you behind your back, and all because you spoke up when you could have kept your mouth shut? I think it is safe to say that most people have never really taken that risk. The feeling of anxiety that can spring up from going
Jacobie D
Mar 19, 2012 Jacobie D rated it it was amazing
A teenage boy has made the starting line up on a varsity basketball team as a sophomore.He is so happy until the coach makes the team members pray that they will win.He knows that half the kids on the basketball team aren't religious,and he tried to fight for what is right.His teammates don't care about it,but it bothers Liam so much he goes on line and finds someone to help him.Will they ever get that changed?You will have to rad to find out.

Liam and Darius are so much alike.They are both funny
Kelly Thielen
Feb 25, 2012 Kelly Thielen rated it liked it
Interesting story. Lots of basketball action for those who love sports stories. Liam is ecstatic when he is promoted to the Varsity basketball team. An injury to another tall player has put him in position to get some real varsity experience during his sophomore year – something he never expected. When he joins the team he notices that things aren’t all as great as he thought. The coach seems to have it out for their star player, an African American student by the name of Darius. When he witness ...more
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John Coy is the author of young adult novels, the 4 for 4 middle-grade series, and fiction and nonfiction picture books. His most recent books are Their Great Gift, a story about immigration with striking photographs by Wing Young Huie and Gap Life, a YA novel about a boy whose parents will pay for college as long as he studies what they want.
John has received numerous awards for his work includi
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