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Winning The City Redux

3.67  ·  Rating details ·  24 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews
It’s Detroit, 1961. Fifteen-year-old Dale Wheeler, the son of an unemployed, alcoholic autoworker, has big dreams of leading his team to the City Basketball Championship. But his dream is shattered when Dale—the co-captain and top point guard—is cut from the team to make way for the son of a big money team sponsor. His life in a tailspin, Dale finds a helping hand in Miss ...more
Paperback, 297 pages
Published January 1st 2013 by HighLine Editions (first published January 1st 1990)
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Oct 18, 2012 rated it liked it
Winning the City completely succeeded in capturing what's most important to me in YA novels-that coming of age moment. Finding yourself and your spot in the world. Facing and getting over issues (successfully or not). Overcoming old habits and grudges and turning another direction. I loved Dale, the main character, because he embodies everything mentioned before. Weesner implements raw emotion, true heartbreak and rendering disappointment, and provides Dale with one of the most genuine voices I ...more
Nov 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Incredible novel of teen angst and unfairness.

It really hit home.

*I read the original version. There is no expanded relationship with his teacher.
Parrish Lantern
This book starts with a note to the reader stating that:

“THE FOLLOWING ADOLESCENT SPORTS AND LOVE ENCOUNTER has been retrieved from a promise never to tell. What’s to say? time slipped by, some deaths occurred, perspective was gained. The impulse went from taking a secret to the grave to getting it down before it was to late'.

Storytellers have ever had it that to understand is to sympathise. Imagine a boy and his teacher in a relationship eclipsing (at least for the boy) the pull of school, frie
Winning the City is the story of Dale Wheeler, a fourteen-year-old basketball player who dreams of winning the Detroit city league basketball tournament. Set in the early 1960's, we first meet Dale when he is already playing for and believes he is about to be named co-captain of his school team.

His dream is to set up a team of his school mates to compete for the city tournament, be co-captain and gain fame and fortune by being the star player. He believes he will be able to lead himself and his
Art Tirrell
Nov 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing

Review by Art Tirrell writing for

For a fourteen-year-old who’s been abandoned by his mother, forced to deal with an alcoholic mostly-absent father, and is now being snubbed by his wealthier 9th grade classmates, Dale Wheeler is actually an energetic, well-adjusted guy.

He excels both in academics and on the basketball court, and starting today, the first practice of the1961 season, as co-captain, he intends to begin leading his junior high school team to t
Nov 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
WINNING THE CITY by Theodore Weesner originally came out in 1991, a year marked by a number of events – my fourth birthday, the collapse of the Soviet Union, the start of the Gulf War. Although I wasn’t reading young adult fiction back then (although I had started attempting to unsuccessfully read Stephen King – I was precocious, don’t fault me for it). Taking place in 1960s Detroit, WINNING THE CITY is a story of teenage drama, the drive to succeed, and basketball.

I came to this novel with my l
Christine Staszko
May 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
I thoroughly enjoyed Weesner's other book I reviewed, The Car Thief, but basketball is one of my least favorite sports so I wasn't at all excited to read a whole book that seemed to be dedicated to the sport. I should've trusted my gut, though, that Weesner would provide me with an entertaining read because that's just what happened. The story isn't really about basketball at all. A strong portion of the plot surrounds Dale's inappropriate feelings for his home room teacher and how he goes about ...more
Nov 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
Earlier this year I read (and enjoyed) Weesner The Car Theif, which is why I agreed to read this one. Except I was a little frustrated at first because it almost seemed like both book had the exact same characters just with different names. Both characters (Dale in this book, Alex in The Car Thief ) are being raised by a single father whose an alcoholic, and works at a car plant. Both love playing fans of basketball, but don't really fit in at school. I believe that the majority of these books a ...more
Nov 11, 2012 marked it as to-read
***my co-blogger Aubrey read this book and here is the review that was posted on the blog***

Winning the City is a book that can capture any athlete's heart. Dale is a basketball player that like some athletes has developed a love for the sport and always gone to it when he is in a sticky situation. It is his main love. I really like how this book tackles all of the problems teenagers face with the changes that are occurring in their lives. There is a lot of repetition of some phrases, but these
Brian Leclair
Oct 13, 2015 rated it liked it
This book started out a lot better than it finished. It started as a period piece about teenage angst in the 70a, but then kinda petered out like a 1960's foreign movie that just kinda ended when you really weren't expecting it to yet.
Samuel Mardirosian
Dec 07, 2015 rated it liked it
has probably the best literary basketball game in it, so there's that
Oct 19, 2007 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adults
Recommended by Andrew Garrod in his Coming of Age course.
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