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Hoop Dreams

4.22  ·  Rating Details ·  272 Ratings  ·  46 Reviews
Award-winning journalist Ben Joravsky vividly brings to life all the richness and subtlety of the experiences of Arthur Agee and William Gates, two gifted urban hoopsters determined to make it to the NBA, in this intimate, suspenseful, and heart-wrenching adaptation of the award-winning, commercially successful film documentary. 25 photos.
Paperback, 320 pages
Published March 28th 1996 by HarperCollins Publishers (first published 1996)
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Oct 27, 2014 Juan rated it it was amazing
Title: Hoop Dreams

Author: Ben Joravsky and Charles Barkley

Main Characters: William and Arthur, 17 years old

They both live in Chicago and can both relate to each other. Both want to go far and be professional basketball players. Their paths start out in a similar way, as they both head off to St Josephs Prep, with a scholarship, a private school away from the streets and playgrounds of Chicago that both William and Arthur had become so accustomed to. However, as time passes, their journeys becom
Nov 16, 2011 Ogech002 rated it it was amazing
This is a draft
Somebody: William Gates a boy that lives in Chicago with a poor family.

Wanted: To go to a school to Ishaih Thomas pro NBA player went and get to the National Basketball Association [NBA]

But: had to have a good education to participate on the basketball team.

So: He went to St. Joesph preliminary a white school That gave him a good education that helped get to the next level.

then: suffered a injury then lost a d-1 school scholarship.

Karina Aguilar
Sep 17, 2011 Karina Aguilar rated it it was amazing
I haven't finished this book, but so far I love it! it's one of my favorite books. I can relate to it a lot, a boy who has a dream of becoming a professional Basketball player (NBA). He loves playing basketball and has been playing it all his life. His not the riches kid so struggles. Then he gets the opportunity of his life he gets scouted and that's where his dream starts to come true. He goes to a camp where they make him better and improve his weaknesses.

My life has also been all basketball
Jan 12, 2015 Nicholas rated it it was amazing
This book is really good for people that like basketball because it shows how hard it is to become successful in a big town like Chicago. People should read this book because its very suspenseful and you always want to see what happens next.
Dec 11, 2014 Jared rated it it was amazing
The book is narrated by Ben Joravsky and is focused on the life and times of then freshman, Arthur Agee and William Gates. They are from inner-city Chicago and are recruited to play for Coach Pingatore and the chargers of St. Joseph’s High School in Westchester, Illinois. However, they don’t have the best home situations. William doesn’t know his father, and his mother struggles to make ends meet and provide for William and his older brother, Curtis. They live in the Cabrini-Green public
Jan 08, 2015 José rated it it was amazing
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Aengus Rosato
Dec 21, 2014 Aengus Rosato rated it liked it
The book “Hoop Dreams” by Ben Joravsky is a non-fiction sports novel that was based off of the award winning film. Hoop Dreams explains the lives of Arthur Agee and William Gates. Arthur and William are two teenage African American teenagers chasing the basketball dream. Arthur was a 5’6 125 pound guard who was discovered by “Big Earl” who was a scout for St. Josephs, a school known for their successful basketball program. He was found by Big Earl playing basketball in the playgrounds of chicago ...more
Nov 14, 2013 Mruiz rated it really liked it
Miguel Ruiz
English 1
21 November 2013

Hoop dreams

The author is Ben Joravsky, the book was made in 1994 the book had a film and won an award. This Book didn't win a litrary award. What I think about this book is that its a good book and its a biography those are my favorite books. so im getting motivated to go on and be somebody in life. I want to do basketball also so thia book gave me a push to move on. also the tears and sweat this teen been through just to accomplish his goal to
Kevin Cunningham
Mar 20, 2014 Kevin Cunningham rated it it was amazing
This was by far my favorite book that I have read in this class to date. The book takes you through the journey of a few different high schoolers. The first one would be a kid named William. The reader follows him through the path of freshman with a bundle of potential, to the best player in the city in his senior year. He demonstrates courage, persistence, courage, and handles adversity as well as anyone, fighting through injury. It is the main reason why he ends up getting a division one schol ...more
Ryan Saulnier
Sep 20, 2016 Ryan Saulnier rated it really liked it
Hoop dreams is an interesting, complex, and unique book. The story takes place in Chicago, Illinois and Birmingham, Alabama. This book gives the point of view of two different high school students, Arthur and William, both with big basketball dreams. These boys go through hardships and triumphs in basketball, and the outside world. What makes this book unique is that it is not just an average book about basketball, it deals with outside world context such as poorness, drugs, gangs, race segregat ...more
Derrell Jones
Nov 09, 2015 Derrell Jones rated it it was amazing
Hoop Dreams by Ben Joravsky is an Sports novel about two teens (William Gates, And Arthur Agee) both are on the road to an NBA Career. They both start there career at St. Josephs high school were NBA Star Isaiah Thomas went. Arthur on the other hand ended up transferring to Marshall high school and went to Mineral Area Junior College then Transferring to Arkansas Division 1 College. But William stayed at st Joe's and went to Marquette University Division 1 and then injures delayed Williams journ ...more
Erin Chumley
Sep 20, 2016 Erin Chumley rated it really liked it
This book is OK.
Dec 05, 2016 Arnold added it
Joravsky, Ben
Hoop Dreams
Charles Barkley (Chicago)
Copyright 1995

This inspirational book gives us a first-hand account of African-Americans in Chicago trying to make there dream to go to the NBA come true.

Paul Robert Walker, who was born in 1953, wrote 32 books detailing a lot of african american people and also sports.

Paul Robert Walker, grew up in Oak Park Illinois in the 1950’s. Paul lived in a town called River Grone. Paul's father died when he moved into his fourth home. He was constantly
Javon Smith
Hoop Dreams a book by Ben Joravsky is an book about two teenagers playing basketball. These two students went to the same school for basketball. They traveled to school together every morning neither of them lived near the school. Which meant they had to live for school earlier than a regular person at 4:00.

I loved everything about this book. This story is very exciting and sad which kept me interested. Everything in this book was straightforward nothing made me feel confused or made me go "huh"
Zach Baird
Apr 07, 2016 Zach Baird rated it really liked it
In the book "Hoop Dreams" by Ben Joravsky the story follows 2 young black boys who play basketball in a predominately white private school. They have to learn how to fit in while trying to live up to their hero Isaiah Thomas's shadow. William has to live with people wanting to feed off of his talent because they know he will be successful "People always say to me, "when you get to the NBA, don't forget about me." Well, I should've said back, "if I don't make it to the NBA, don't you forget about ...more
Garett Luthi
Sep 20, 2016 Garett Luthi rated it really liked it
If you love sports, action, and drama then you will love "Hope Dreams". Hoop Dreams consists of two main characters know as William and Arthur. Both being basketball stars, are asked to go to a school mostly consisted of white people. As they play basketball they begin to rise to the top, as people begin to see them as some of the best players of their highschool. Yet when certain conflicts come up, the boys are tested on what is more important. Ball or Life. The only way to figure out this gre ...more
Dylan Husted
Dec 07, 2015 Dylan Husted rated it it was amazing
I thought that this book was truly amazing. Having the plot evolve around two different kids with the same dream was very interesting. All the pot events in this book just made me want to keep reading and reading. By using background information on how the city of Chicago is you cant imagine how these two boys got out of it the way that they did.

Using the two boys, Arthur Agee and William Gates the author is able to develop a very thick and thorough plot. With all the events that occurred. The s
Colin Baker
Sep 23, 2012 Colin Baker rated it it was amazing
This book is one of my favorites of all time. It chronicles the story of William Gates and Aurthur Agee. They both grew up in the projects of Chicago and basketball is their passion. They got recruited to St. Josephs a rich private school that's one of the best highschool basketball programs in the country. William quickly becomes a star and is put on varsity while Aurthur leads the freshman team. Not being able to pay the tuition Aurthur is kicked out of St. Joes and his life takes a turn for t ...more
Hadley, Luke
Mar 16, 2015 Hadley, Luke rated it really liked it
In Hoop Dreams these young men had basketball that they loved. They went the extra mile to be happy with the game. This book shows how these men came from an inner city and made it out. One young man was poor with alot of hardship and caused him to switch school due to his financial problems. He ended up going to another high school by the name of Marshall, while the other young man stayed at St.joesph. He ended up being held back by multiple injuries to his right knee. He still managed to be a ...more
Greta Hansen
Nov 05, 2015 Greta Hansen rated it really liked it
At first when I heard we had to read a nonfiction book I immediately began to dread it, but after reading Hoop Dreams I'm glad I had the opportunity. Hoop Dreams grabbed me right from the start because I made a connection with the characters, for it is a book about basketball and I engage in the sport myself. It is a captivating story about two young African Americans who dream to make it to the NBA and the journey they take on the way. Throughout the book both boys, Arthur Agee and William Gate ...more
Alex Vollmar
Sep 15, 2014 Alex Vollmar rated it it was amazing
Great book with a strong storyline. Shows the story of a young boy living in Chicago approaching his first year of highschool. He is scouted by a man while playing basketball at the local park. He gets a scholarship to St. Joe, an expensive all white catholic school. He accepts the scholarship to the school. He takes the long ride to school on bike because the school is in the suburbs and he lives in the city of Chicago. I liked the the story because it shows anything and don't give up on your g ...more
Melissa Alshouse
Dec 30, 2016 Melissa Alshouse rated it really liked it
Good book, even though it was based off of a movie. The only reason that I didn't give it five stars was that it wasn't super well written in some parts of the book. I liked the way the author flashed back and included information about the two boys' families. This would be a good book for middle-high school kids who like basketball, because there are descriptions of games in which the two main characters were involved. The book also dealt with tough topics, such as poverty, addiction, tough (bu ...more
Ehi Omofoma
Mar 16, 2015 Ehi Omofoma rated it liked it
I thought this book was pretty good because I like sports and this is a sports book with a good storyline. I liked how this book focused on two main characters and how they were best friends. It was cool to see how the success of one and the struggles of the other would affect their relationship. This book was interesting as it documented a couple of kids trying to fulfill their dreams with rough backgrounds.
Dec 01, 2010 Tory rated it liked it
This book is about two guys and their journeys to the NBA. These two guys are poor but one goes to a private school and other goes to a public school. But they have very similar problems. Both of their families has at least one junkie.

I like this book a lot because it's true and it shows if you have enough heart you can get through anything.
Robert Boyd
Oct 09, 2012 Robert Boyd rated it it was amazing
I think that the book is very intersting.I like basketball so this was very good book to read. It talks about two city kids that love to play basketball. So a scout sent them to St. Joe's to play basketball. It actually crushed on boy dreams because he couldnt pay the tuition for the school, so he went to another school and the other boy stayed and showed his true talent.
Feb 07, 2012 Jackson rated it really liked it
A fascinating and riveting read whether as a standalone book or a companion to the documentary of the same title. The dual narrative of William and Arthur is a telling contrast of the dynamics that exist even within families and cultures that appear to be the same to outsiders. Great from a human interest perspective as well as a compelling basketball story.
This book is about two boys who aspire to make it into the NBA for their future careers. I actually liked this book because i like basketball, and i had friends who had the same dream of making it into the NBA. Some of these friends unfortunately dedicated their lives to basketball and it negatively affected them, but i can see how important their dream is.
Sep 18, 2014 Kevin added it
Hoop Dreams is a good book because somethings that happened between the two best players in high schools , they motivate me that if you work hard in school you will go far because you wont be able to make the pros if you have no grades. This book showed me that if you have grades you dont have to through the same things the two player and sacrifices they had to make to go to college.
Dec 18, 2015 Waylon rated it it was amazing
Shelves: wjhs, biography
This book was really good, if u like sports and overcoming yourself then i would read '' Hoop Dreams''. This book was probably one of my favorite books of all time.This book has many emotional moments and very good moments. The two main characters are Arthur Agee and William Gates. This book is a really good book and others should read it.
Dec 04, 2015 Casey rated it really liked it
I thought this book was really good. I loved how there was lots of emotion going on through out this story and how jumped from one person to the other. I reccomend this book to people who like sports or just lots of emotion.
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