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3.95  ·  Rating details ·  2,452 Ratings  ·  346 Reviews
An ALA-YALSA Best Book for Young Adults

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All eyes are on seventeen-year-old Lonnie Jackson while he practices with his team for a city-wide basketball Tournament of Champions. His coach, Cal, knows Lonnie has what it takes to be
Paperback, 224 pages
Published February 14th 2012 by Ember (first published 1981)
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Jermaine Hall
Dec 13, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have always hated reading because I thought it was a waste of time. I have been learning that reading helps me with my grammar and comprehension. A few weeks ago, Mr. Welsh told me to pick a “Good read” book. I picked a book that looked interesting to me called “Hoop`s”, I choose this book because I am a fan and love the sport of basketball. This book turned out to be interesting because it taught some important skills that I can apply in this basketball season. “Hoop’s” also talks about a lo ...more
Ishaan Mantripragada
I love sports biographies and this story was definitely one of my favorites. Even though it is fictional is still displays the many things that happen on and off the court that shape the character and his values.
Feb 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The book "Hoops" was a absolutely fantastic book. When I looked at its cover I thought it would be full of sports action, but it is not full of all basketball. Walter Dean Myers tries to take the sport of basketball and put it into life. It is a life changing book because it shows how a kid that lives in a poor neighborhood can still fulfill their dreams. It is about a 17 year old teenager that loves basketball, but lacks guidannce in life. But when a man names Cal, former NBA player and now coa ...more
Jan 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hoops is about a teenager that is 17 years young and his name is Lonnie Jackson, he is practicing for a championship basketball tournament. I think his friend is Cal and he believed that Lonnie is capable of joining the National Basketball Association. This book was sort of intense because I personally kind of like when you barely have any choices like in this book, it was either they take the chance that will most likely happen once or forget about it.
Every on is watching Lonnie Jackson while him and his team practices for a city-wide basketball Tournament. Lonnie Jackson’s head coach, Cal knows Lonnie has what he needs to be a pro-basketball player, but warns him about everything he needs to know. Cal knows because he once had the chance-but failed and screwed up.
As the last seconds of the game clock runs away Lonnie and Cal must make a choice. Are they willing to blow the chance of a lifetime? You will haft to read the book to find out wh
Peter D
Apr 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked the book hoops because I am a sports fanatic and the book shows a theme in life if you make one mistake everything you have worked for can be taken away. Also one of the themes is to always listen to your elders because they know from experience. The only way the book could have been better if it was a little longer so it could use more time to develop more of the side characters who actually played a reasonably sized role in the book
Dec 09, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Awful book with an unsatisfying ending. Very inappropriate (violence,language...etc.) Uses slang terms. 1 star... Beware page 127
Edit: Changed my review to 3 stars because of the true emotional impact and deeper meaning at the end of the book. At first glance I thought this book was about just basketball (which is was for 80% of the book), but the other 20% was VERY valuable, (only at the end and other certain parts)
Gavin Woods
Gavin Woods 9/16/14
Schleifer 9H Book Essay

What if you were a discarded child, living in the slums of Harlem? What if all you had was a mother who didn’t care for you, and corrupted and juvenile kids that you call your friends have influenced all of your life decisions? If this sounds familiar to you, then you live a similar lifestyle as Lonnie, the main character in the book, Hoops by Walter Dean Myers, if not then consider yourself lucky. A poor student who is pleased with getting by with a pa
Nov 15, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: yal-2009
So...technically I liked this book. It definitely kept my interest, and I couldn't put it down. I started reading it at night, and didn't go to sleep until I had finished the entire thing. It's about a boy who lives in Harlem, Lonnie. Lonnie loves to play basketball and in the spring of his senior year, he gets the opportunity to play in a tournament with college scouts. At first, Lonnie isn't really sure if he wants to play because he doesn't really like the coach. However, after a while, Lonni ...more
Keira Francis
Nov 04, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lonnie Jackson is a 17 year old basketball star. Well, at least in the area he's from. Him and his team are participating in a citywide basketball tournament that will give players who didn't make a college team already to be looked at by college scouts. Cal, their teams coach, believes that Lonnie can make it all the way to the NBA. If he works hard and doesn't get into trouble. Why does Cal know this? Because he had a chance to be a superstar in the NBA, but blew his shot. The tournament is ge ...more
Max Luc
Hoops by Walter Dean Myers is a realistic fiction book about a 17-year-old named Lonnie Jackson who is always playing basketball and struggles to live in the ghetto. Lonnie who has a ton of talent in basketball, dreams of playing in professional basketball. Lonnie’s basketball coach, a former professional basketball player, named Cal tries to mentor Lonnie to become a pro basketballer like himself. Cal then enters Lonnie and his team into a basketball tournament that could turn Lonnie’s life aro ...more
Josh H.
Aug 21, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is about a boy a young man named Lonnie that is growing up in the ghetto living a hard life. But the thing that he loves the most is basketball. He is very good at it and it have been around him his whole life. He is growing up with a mother that they always get in arguments and the only thing that he will ever do to cheer himself up is play basketball. Then one day he saw a man named Cal laying down on the basketball court. But it turns out he becomes a basketball coach for a couple f ...more
Danny Karmin
Feb 12, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Basketball players
Recommended to Danny by: My friends
Shelves: 3rd-quarter
Hoops was about high school student Lonnie Jackson, who's life is all about basketball. Lonnie has what it takes to go to the NBA if he focuses on it. Lonnie is playing for a city-wide basketball Tournament and is coached by an old basketball player named Cal. Cal never went to the NBA because of choices he made and he regrets what he did and he wants Lonnie to do the opposite. In one of the last games of the tournament, there are these betters who tell Cal to bench Lonnie for them to win the be ...more

Hoops is a great book, it’s about a boy who has dreams to play college basketball or maybe even pro. He is a pretty good ball player and this book takes some twisted turns and is a thriller to read. Like last second shots,hard fouls and some drama from players and coaches. He also gets looked at by many schools they come to his games and he has to play well to get recruited.

He also deals with a lot of struggle there is violence at every corner,drugs,alcohol and families get tore apart it has s
Rafael Trevino
I think this was a wonderful book to read especially since i was in the middle of basketball season. I can definitely relate to Lonnie whom is the main character of the story, a 17 year old kid who has a chance of a life time because i also have a chance and it could be the only chance ill ever get. That is to do really great in basketball and try to achieve so much. Even though, Lonnie in the story goes through tough times and gets into peer pressure i can definitely relate myself to him becau ...more
Oct 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I overall thought this book was a very good read for many reasons. One reason was because of the characters in this book. The main character Lonnie Jackson was very interesting because he is around my age and goes through many challenges while chasing his dream at the same time. He has a strong connection with his coach which was very interesting to me. I think it was very special how a coach can make an impact on someone as a person and as a player. The coach cal was very helpful to him making ...more
Erik P.
The book, Hoops, by Walter Dean was a good book I liked it. But I didn’t love it either, it did have its ups and downs. One down was that, it was constantly changing topics. But one of the ups was that, the book was very descriptive it had many details included. For example, ”While I was in the center, I got a call from MaryAnn. She was worried”. I thought that sentence was a very descriptive one because it could’ve just said something plane and not included the extra detail. This book really di ...more
Jåkë Põpp
Aug 29, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A boy named Lonnie was a seven teen year old kid from a poor neighborhood and didn't have a fantastic life. all he had in his life was basketball. A man named cal a former nba player now his teams coach. Lonnie didn't have much guidance in his life, since his coach came into the picture a lot has been going right for him and he is guiding Lonnie to the right path. read to find out if Lonnie succeeds or messes up! I give this book 5 star raising because this book has kept me reading up until the ...more
Kent R.
Aug 30, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was very interesting and very humorous. It can relate to many people in the world struggling to make it out and achieve their dreams. Its about this young man who is trying to achieve a basketball dream and he's from the hood. This book shows partnership and love is important in life.I would recommend this book to people who loves sports.
Jarid Ryan
Hoopz is a great book from the beginig to the end. Lonnie the main character in the book was my favorite. Hoopz had some intense scene like when he held a gun to a coach.I would reccomend this book to bouys in middle school to highschool.
This book was very interesting and very humorous. It can relate to many people in the world struggling to make it out and achieve their dreams. Its about this young man who is trying to achieve a basketball dream an hes from the hood. This book shows partnership and love is important in life.
Alex Kraus
Aug 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lonnie Jackson is on the streets by his house when all the sudden a Riot breaks out at the local market store and people some how get locked in the store while others are parting out on the streets with alcohol and drugs. So far Lonnie has not gotten into any trouble with this happening.
Tyson Brady
Jan 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
great book I recommend for people at least in their teens lots of bad language used, and some adult situations, but it really connects you with the characters
Aug 17, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
i think that this book not that bad.i would recommend this book to people because its interesting.
Grant Gaspard
Sep 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I encourage everyone that has the chance, but is thinking about becoming a star athlete one day to read this. Great book, emotional ending (spoiler).
Apr 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Book Review of HOOPS
Author: Walter Dean Myers

HOOPS, an exilerating book that tells about how a teenage boy is struggling to find his place in becoming in the NBA. I highly suggest and recommend that you read this book if you love twists and turns during and at the end of a book. This book is so realistic and true at the same time, it contains very real scenarios and that actually happen. This book contains many scenes with so much energy and intensity that it seems like you are really there. It
Apr 23, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hoops is the name of the book i'm writing about. Hoops was an ok book sometimes it would be confusing sometimes. It can relate to some peoples life though. Have you ever faced some disadvantages if you have This book is about overcoming disadvantages and how Lonnie can overcome his disadvantage. This book can give you some ways to overcome disadvantages and you should stay and read the rest of it.

First he had some disadvantages and they were, his parents were divorce and he didn’t get along wit
Benny Koutone
Apr 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Spoiler Alert
Did you know that Hoops was written by Walter Dean Myers who also wrote other amazing books such as “Slam”, “Monster”, and “The Greatest” three great sports books related to hoops. I had the book hoops i believe it was a tremendous book because it was fun and it connected to people who play sports and also to people who don’t play sports also it can get boring make you feel like skipping.
Overcoming Disadvantages
I think this social issue overcoming disadvantages fits this book
Apr 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hoops,a great book,It’s on the edge most all of the book because there's problems around every corner and there's never a break.the beginning of the story is kinda dull in the action part but lonnie's background is unknown then,so its mysterious.lonnie lives with his mother,he got mad and left.He works at a hotel and when he got mad he went to the hotel.he saw a truck getting robbed of beer so he ran over and took two cases,When he came back in, he went upstairs then hid them under the bed.when ...more
Andrew Zimmerle
Review of HOOPS
by Walter Dean Myers
My opinion about this book is that it’s very hard to understand, because the setting jumps everywhere and there are alot of very hard and confusing words. In the book HOOPS, a boy named Lonnie Jackson is on the basketball team and is good friends with his coach Cal . Lonnie meets this girl named Mary-Ann. Lonnie takes Mary-Ann to meet coach Cal, but they don’t really hit it off. But Lonnie and Mary-Ann do . After a couple of days coach Cal goes missing. He w
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Walter Dean Myers was born on August 12, 1937 in Martinsburg, West Virginia but moved to Harlem with his foster parents at age three. He was brought up and went to public school there. He attended Stuyvesant High School until the age of seventeen when he joined the army.

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