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Long Shot: Never Too Small to Dream Big

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Everybody told Chris that he was too small to play basketball. But he ignored them all...because he had big dreams.
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published September 22nd 2009 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
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Noah Saenz
Everyone said that Chris Paul would not be able to make it. Everyone said he was too small to play ball, but that did not stop him. The story of Long Shot follows Chris and his dream to make it on his local basketball team. With his height he has to overcome many challenges to even be looked at, but with hard work and determination he is able to make his dream come true.

This book is an amazing children’s book that has a lot of elements that the book “The Crossover” has. Many sounds and noises, a
Sam Bloom
Oct 19, 2009 Sam Bloom rated it liked it
A surprisingly good picture book written by NBA star Chris Paul - with all of the horrible, horrible, HORRIBLE picture books written by famous non-authors lately (I'm looking at you, former Justice O'Connor), I was expecting the worse. Paul stays away from cliche and tells a pretty touching story about how he made the team despite being such a shrimp (maybe I liked it because I can relate). And of course, having Frank Morrison illustrate the book doesn't hurt, either.
Sarah M.
Dec 10, 2015 Sarah M. rated it it was amazing
I would recommend this book for students who are in kindergarten to students in the upper elementary level grades. This was a great book about Chris Paul, and even though he was short he still was able to play basketball. Instead of giving up when everyone told he couldn't do it because of his height he continued to work even harder and it paid off. The book was colorful and is able to attract many children to read it.
Jun 08, 2012 Jason rated it it was amazing
Told through an uplifting message and simple words, Chris Paul's biographical tale "Long Shot" is a perfect short story to read to children. Reliving the nerve-wrecking days leading up to his first basketball team tryout, Paul - who was just over 4 foot tall at the time - learns life lessons from his supportive, close-knit family.
Oct 02, 2010 Lorie rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-book
The author tells his personal story of how he became a basketball player even though people told him he as too short. This book could be used to show students that all that matters is what they think of themselves. After reading a chart of what the author did to help himself could be made so students see that hard work can pay off.
Jesse Baldwin
May 08, 2015 Jesse Baldwin added it
Shelves: sports
This story is written by Chris Paul and it teaches kids that there is nothing they can't do. I would like to teach all of my students to not give up on their dreams.
Nov 13, 2009 Valerie rated it liked it
Shelves: school-age
sports read - pictures that would carry to a group - most likely for school-age crowd as an intro for a special sports guest.
Sep 18, 2011 Amanda rated it did not like it
What a shame that such a well-thought-out story is wrecked by two glaring typos and the omission of how tall the player is now.
Cute story about going for your dreams regardless of other people's negativity. This is a good example of the recent trend of pro athlete's picture books- but this one is actually good!
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