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Pick-Up Game: A Full Day of Full Court

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Pass! Shoot! Swish! An all-star team of YA authors scores spectacularly with an action-packed anthology about street basketball.

It’s one steamy July day at the West 4th Street Court in NYC, otherwise known as The Cage. Hotshot ESPN is wooing the scouts, Boo is struggling to guard the weird new guy named Waco, a Spike Lee wannabe has video rolling, and virgin Irene is sizin...more
Hardcover, 176 pages
Published February 8th 2011 by Candlewick Press
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This is how a collection of short stories should be done! I loved hearing how Aronson & Smith set up the authors to write in succession. The way the feel and the flow of the pick-up game really is carried through each story, told by a different author. The writing is mad fly (as Shane would say), and I loved so many of the chapters--Sharon Flake, Walter Dean Myers, Rita Williams-Garcia, Adam Rapp, Robert Lipsyte were my faves. Stellar, finely crafted voices.

This could be a gateway book, and...more
Terrence Martinez
Pick up game
By Walter Dean Myers,Bruce Brooks,
Adam Rapp,Willie Perdomo,Joseph Bruchac
Robert Lipsyte,Sharon G. Flake,Robert Bureigh

The book pick up is a unique collection of short stories,with each story picking up where the previous story left off.This book is written by different authors,and evey other having a different charactors perspectives .the book is a fun and entertainig read that brings the book alive.With a genre of young adult fiction and sports.
As the book may be confusing it exp...more
Miguel Bermudez
Pick-Up Game by Marc AronsonMarc Aronson
Unlike the regular story line of many other novels the novel Pick Up Game: Full Day of Full Court edited by Marc Aronson has a much different format and somewhat surprises the reader with the way it is organized. It is not one simple story with a set antagonist and protagonist but a very complex novel composed of many main characters that are facing a certain problem. Many kids and even men go to the cage everyday in order to get noticed, show their skill, and prove that they have w...more
Mikey T
The game's done gone Inta-national!!!
The courts are alive. On one hot, summer day many meet at the local basketball court, The Cage, to play their hearts out, and earn respect. We are introduced to a variety of characters during this day, many of which intersect into other’s stories. Who will play next?
This novel was freakin’ fantastic. What originally drew me to this novel was the fact that it was written by 10 different authors, all of which are fans of the game in one way or another. Each a...more
Aug 01, 2011 Julia rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Boys that like sports
SLJ Review 2010
This book is a collection of short stories about the game of basketball. This is the story of basketball in what is known as "The Cage," in NYC. There are 10 authors such as Walter Dean Myers with his story," Cage Run," which takes us into the streets of NYC streetball. True to Myers style this is full of street slang and descriptors of street ball in NYC. Other YA authors such as Bruce Brooks, Rita Garcia and Robert Lipsyte plus others join to write about 1 day in the "Cage," a N...more
Tyley Hunter
This incredible chapter book is about people of all cultures playing the game of basketball on an outside court in New York City, known as the “Cage”. Many authors come together to create a unique style to the story as they take turns writing a chapter, each capturing another character’s viewpoint on what is taking place on the court. The reader is introduced to the various characters who either love playing or watching the fast paced game, and learns about cultural diversity through each charac...more
Samantha Byers
I read Pick- up Game a Full Day of Full Court for the sports genre and it is written by ten separate authors. Each author has his own story that they wrote, but somehow all the characters lives are interrelated as you keep reading. Each story is written from a different character’s perspective. The location of the stories is all placed at “the cage”. The cage is a basketball court that is at the corner of West 4th street and Sixth Avenue in Manhattan. All types of kids come from the different c...more
Austin Finley
The purpose of the story Pick Up Game was to teach a theme or message. This was done in this story to create a better story and put the characters in situations to create some suspense within this story.

The theme of this book was not to become over confident with yourself because you never know what could happen when doing something. In this book the other team becomes very confident in winning this pickup game they scheduled. This pickup game was meant to see that not all the time the better pe...more
Pick-Up Game invents a far more complex intersection of ideas and stories, than many other potential texts I could include in my curriculum. The basketball-centric collection of short stories seemed like it could appeal to my students (particularly given the tonnage of desktop backgrounds on student laptops and fervor of Durant V. LeBron V. Kobe V. Rose arguments).

A host of popular and prolific young adult writers let stories flow as they follow the action at a New York City public court on one...more
Sara Latta
Are you in the grips of March Madness? Can’t get enough of basketball? Let me suggest some great books to read in between games. “Pick-up Game: A Full Day of Full Court” (Candlewick Press, 2011) is a collection of interlinked short stories and poems written by an all-star team of nine YA authors, including Walter Dean Meyers, Adam Rapp, Robert Lipsyte, and Rita Williams-Garcia. Together, they tell the story of what happens single steamy July day at the The Cage, New York City’s premier amateur b...more
This was a great collection of short stories, strung together with poems in between, that followed the events on one street court on one weekend day. The first story takes place early in the morning, and the last is edging on dusk. Each is written by a different author, with a different narrative perspective. Some of the characters- the strong personalities and the best ball players, who get to play the most games over the day- show up in multiple stories. You'll meet one as an opponent in an ea...more
Dana Davis-avants
What a great group of male and female authors chosen by the editors to put this book of short stories together. It is about a day at a New York City public basketball court on West 4th Street referred to as "The Cage". Even though the entire book has a novel framework and many of the characters continue throughout the book, each story (chapter) is told through the eyes of a different individual present at the court that day. Nine young adult authors contributed their writing talent to this book,...more
Alex Pearce
I personally really liked this book because of the fantastic story and emotions that were expressed through Boo, the main character. At times I felt like I could truley connect with him because of the love of the sport we both share so this book really spoke to me. I think that the authors purpose of this story was to teach the reader to not give up on anything. If you have a dream get it, grasp it and never let anybody you can't. That's what I got out of it.

The style that the book was told in...more
Natalie Cheetham
It's a hot summer day at the West 4th Street basketball court in NYC, aka the Cage. It's at this court that nine Top YA writers flesh out an interesting set of characters whose lives intersect on and off the court.

Not really one for short stories in general, I thought that this was an interesting compilation in that the stories and the characters weave together. Every author brings his/her own voice, and it does work surprisingly well. My problems with the book are that I am really not that all...more
Some of the best YA authors have written interlocking short stories (really character studies) and poems about a particular day at a renowned NYC basketball court. My faves were the Lypsyte story about Cane and his mediation skills and Adam's Rapp's story about the homeless Shane. But I enjoyed all of them. While the descriptions of the games were brisk, the stories lack drama and do not create much of a story arc beyond a few interactions among shared characters. So this might not hold the atte...more
Kathy Quimby
What an enjoyable book, especially if you're a fan of the game. Even if you're not, it's a good read, because of its unusual structure. Each chapter is written by a separate author, but each builds on and adds to the ones that have come before, so that the overall story deepens with each contribution, until you reach the end. The variety of contributors makes for a diversity that feels right on the money for its New York City setting. Those contributors are: Marc Aronson, Charles R. Smith Jr., W...more
Sarah Mae
*Received an ARC through the Young Adult Reviewers of Southern California*

This collection of short stories shows a day in the life of The Cage, the premier amateur basketball court in NYC. Photos and poems by Charles R. Smith, Jr. introduce each story which highlights a different player. With Walter Dean Myers, Rita Williams-Garcia, Bruce Brooks, Sharon G. Flake and more, every one of these stories is a slam dunk. Recommended for basketball fans and all hi...more
RFL 2013 This is an interesting book, but I think it's just such a different culture for me that I couldn't get into it. I particularly liked the last short story narrated by Cane and the one about the Mohawk construction worker. Don't get me wrong, I really enjoy basketball. I'm just not exposed to street ball or its culture. I'm not sure if the students in my small midwestern, predominately white town would appreciate it that much either, but it should resonate well with urban players.
So here's my problem with this one - I'm so clearly not the right audience at all that I don't feel even close to capable of evaluating it. I like a good sports story but I didn't even understand what was going on with the basketball half the time. I think the language was just a little beyond me. Basically, I'm willing to take other people's word that it's good and will recommend it to readers as appropriate, but it's just not my thing.
Pam Gardow
This book of linked short stories takes place on a day at "the cage" where inner city teens play basketball. The action and relationships will appeal to basketball fans and boy readers in particular. Some characters/stories feature girls, but the action is mostly on the court. Stories are written by some of the greats of YA literature, including Bruce Brooks, Walter Dean Myers, Joseph Bruchac, Sharon Flake and Adam Rapp.
This book was recommended to me, I decided to read it but I was extremely disappointed. Only two of the stories actually pull me in enough for me to continue reading the book. These were the first story by Walter Dean Myers and Virgins are Lucky by Sharon G. Flake, the other stories were really hard to follow, and I really cannot remember anything special about them.
Short stories revolving around one patch of asphalt. Featuring the work of Myers, Rapp, Williams-Garcia, and more, the characters move freely from story, encountering new people, leaving others behind. There's a blend of narrative and prose, interspersed with photos to keep the page feel fresh. Nicely done, though the overall ending is a little too hokey to be believed. - C
This book is a must for any basketball lover! As someone who walks past the "Cage" court on W 4th street all the time, I was curious to get a peak into what might be going on in the minds of the players there. Lots of very talented YA writers got together to make this closely-linked anthology successful. All-around, a really cool literary project.
Christian Pincon
This is one of my favorite books. This book is mostly about a boy who loves basketball. He sacrifices everything else to get better. One day when he goes to the park he meets this weird guy that he can't get along with. Now he has to make a decision whether to go to the park everyday with his friends or play somewhere else where there is no problems.
One day, one court, ten testaments to the drama inside the game and out. This is the home of pick-up basketball, downtown Manhatten, where the immortals played when black players weren't allowed in big-time college basketball and the NBA. And still they come, troubled, homeless, too young, too old, nothing matters but your game when you step into The Cage.
Jan 23, 2012 Amanda rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Basketball Fans

Turns out, you generally have to actually know/like basketball to enjoy this. XD I only picked this up cause I'm weird and trying to read the YA section of my library in order. This isn't a bad book, just not for me. Plus in some of the stories, the writing is grammatically incorrect, which really messed with my Grammar Nazi-ness.
With the first story, I wasn't too interested. I'm not too big on basketball, so the first story didn't quite appeal to me. However, as I read on, the different people and the different aspects of life involving street basketball in it was really interesting and cool to read about. The book is pretty short and quick, but enjoyable and worth it.
Latisha Rocke
The beggining was good and made me want to keep reading but i feel like some parts were stretched out longer than it needed to be and it would be more enjoyable to read if there was more drama and action. I really liked the poems in the begging of each chapter, thats my favorite part of the book.
A great book that is a collection of short stories that follows one day on the court. It's great to see things from a bunch of different characters view. Each player has a unique story to tell and even the spectators of the games are interesting. A great book for anyone who likes basketball.
Mrs. Kenyon
This short story collection shatters all the norms as a great collection of YA authors create a series of stories that have interconnecting characters and a variety of points of view. It really is a quick read written by many people, not a group of short stories.
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Aronson has won many awards for his books for young readers and has a doctorate in American history. His lectures cover educational topics such as mysteries and controversies in American history, teenagers and their reading, the literary passions of boys, and always leave audiences asking for more.
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