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Sasquatch in the Paint

(Streetball Crew #1)

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  316 ratings  ·  74 reviews
Theo Rollins is starting eighth grade six inches taller, and his new height is making everyone expect more from him. Coach Mandrake wants to transform him from invisible science geek into star basketball player, even though Theo has little experience with the game. When Theo tries to hone his skills by playing pick-up ball in the park, kids are eager to include him at firs ...more
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published September 24th 2013 by Disney-Hyperion
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Sep 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
I grew up in Houston, and even though I don't like sports, I have fond memories of the Rockets of my childhood. And while celebrities writing books - even with the help of a ghostwriter - often elicits groans, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar seems like a smart guy with an interest in pop culture, from the little I know of him. It's not like a story about a kid playing basketball is a massive stretch for the guy. (There's a height joke lurking somewhere in there, but I'll refrain from actually making it.)

Adam Marino
awesome book
Gabrielle King
Very good and inspirational book.
Jul 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sports-fiction
Easy sell to my students. While it's about basketball, there is a lot more going on to keep a wider audience happy. Looking forward to sharing it with many.
Abby Turner
Feb 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens, ya
I'll be honest, I wavered at first because of the descriptions of basketball play did not interest me. As the book advanced I enjoyed everything about Theo's life including the bball. Great middle grade novel for sports lovers or just people.
One Sentence Review: It may have been penned by a celebrity, but Abdul-Jabbar's not phoning it in with this oddly endearing novel about a kid on the court trying to find his game.
Theo Rollins lives with his police-officer dad in Orange County, California, and is in 8th grade at a mostly Asian and Latino middle school. His best friend since 2nd grade, Brian, is on the Aca-lympics team with him, but Theo has also just joined the basketball team after having grown 8 inches over the summer. Theo is trying hard to learn about basketball (he's not even a fan and has never heard of Dr. J.), and when he joins a pick-up game at the park, he meets a smart, basketball-playing, tras ...more
Christopher Almaguer
May 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
"Sasquatch in the Paint" by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is about a kid named Theo that just entered 8th grade 6 inches taller and now every expects more of him because of how tall he is. Before his sudden growth spurt, Theo was a science nerd on his school's trivia competition the "Aca-lympics" But because of Theo's height, the school's basketball coach, Coach Mandrake want Theo to join the team despite his lack of skill. Now Theo's basketball team is getting in the way of his school's science team and ...more
Miles Stewart
Mar 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I had a great reading experience of this book I think its great how one of the greatest basketball players of all time can write a book about a sport I love and a topic I relate to. This book really lived up to my expectations because Kareem really executed every aspect if being a young tall basketball player. I actually have a personal connection to this story, I had a pretty big growth spurt from 8th to 9th grade. I grew four inches in that summer to 6'5 and now I'm 6'7 as a sophomore. I know ...more
Kai Behrens
Feb 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book is about a boy named Theo who loves basketball but is not very good at it. In the first part of the book Theo turns the ball over at the end of his basketball game and his the other team takes the ball shoots and scores. After that in the locker room his team mates get mad at him and he now feels like quitting basketball. But when his coach comes in the room he says alright guys were going to build a new offense around Theo. After his coach says that Theo spends some much time working ...more
Jun 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: basketball fans, teens, young adults
Very good, entertaining, "coming of age" story for teens/young adults, 1st book in the Streetball Crew series from Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Raymond Obstfeld. Young Theo Rollins has a tremendous growth spurt, 6 inches over the summer, making him the tallest guy in his middle school, and earning him attention from the school's basketball coach to join the team. Yet Theo has not played basketball before, and struggles to meet expectations of him to be a star player because of his height, while he's ...more
Logan Balkcom
May 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a great book let's start off with that. But the plot is mainly about a boy named Theo Rollins and he is in 8th grade. He plays basketball and is over 6 inches taller than everyone so they expect a lot from him. But having little experience with basketball Coach Mandrake wants to train him to be a great player. Throughout the season he gets better and he realizes his height is a big advantage. Theo starts to dominate getting stronger, better, and becoming very involved with the game of ba ...more
John Phelps
Dec 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I think it is a very good book and it is a book for all basketball lovers. The first person view is a great way to write a book like this. The fact that it sucks you in from the beginning is even better. I loved it from the start. The way it describes Theo Rollins and his thoughts and feelings are really cool. In the book, he is going through a very awkward time in his life and the way he handles it is very good, and just the fact that he is so smart blows me away.
Jan 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed reading through Sasquatch In The Paint. It sent me through an adventure and thrill roller coaster. The intriguing and exciting part of the book was when he would play the games and you would not know what play would happen next. I gave this book a four out of five stars because I was expecting more of a mystery book but, it had a lot of Theo’s personal life before the actual mystery came in to play. Otherwise iI thought it was a really good book and would recommend to others.
Theo Kim
May 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Sasquatch in the Paint by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is in one word,"Amazing".This book had me wanting to go to school to read this book.When I would read I want to read forever,if you like basketball and reading good books this is perfect.It made me on the edge of my seat and not even realize how much time I killed.I think it will make people who don't even don't play basketball like it. This book is really good and I suggest you get a copy and read for yourself.
Barb Middleton
May 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
Basketball does not dominate this plot but supports the themes of growing up, learning to manage time, and making friends. Good character development and a fast pace kept me engrossed in this story. Theo Rollins has grown six inches over the summer and is on the 8th grade basketball team. When Coach Mandrake decides to create an offense around Theo's height he feels pressure to improve his game. He's not an experienced, good player. In fact, the coach implies he might get kicked off the team if ...more
Stephen Kriegshauser
I enjoyed the book a lot, but there was some parts in it that confused me.
David J
Aug 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
I recommend Sasquatch in the Paint by NBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and writer Raymond Obstfeld to basketball players in middle school because of its engaging plot, the morale that it teaches, and the interesting conflict of the book. Reflecting on some challenges Kareem faced when he was growing up, many of the problems the main character faced relates to the real world, where people are struggling academically because their attention is drawn away to something else. This heartwarming story t ...more
Liz Friend
The story: Theo has turned into a giant overnight, and Coach has recruited him for the basketball team. But being tall isn't the same as being coordinated, and Theo is a mess on the court. Worse, all the hours he spends practicing is taking away from his time on the science team, where his geeky best friends hang out. What should he do? Hang with the homeys and stay a geek forever--especially now that the cute new girl turns out to be a brain too? Or should he head for the bright lights and popu ...more
Connor Hughes
Dec 05, 2013 rated it liked it

Imagine over the course of one summer growing 8 inches. 8 inches! You stand head and shoulders above everyone else your age, and the basketball coach makes you a part of the team automatically. Trouble is, you have never played basketball before, and you are inexperienced at it. Everybody expects you to be a superstar just because of your height, but you don't even want to play basketball. You just want to go home.

This is the situation of Theo in Sasquatch in the Paint by Kareem Abdul Jabbar and
Vansh P
Sep 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book is about an 8th grader and he's really tall and his height everyone is expecting him to do really good in basketball. So one day he thought i would play basketball so he played and in his first game. He did really bad and people kept saying you only have the height nothing else not skills and so he’s like oh well then i will quite but really doesn't he was a geek smart nerd that turned into a really good player. So after his first game the kid went into the locker room and coach said ...more
Mar 05, 2017 rated it liked it
Definitely a cut above your average middle school sports series book. Clever, interesting, and at times thought pro-provoking. Some of the characters are a bit stock, but most never quite fit the stereotypes they are slotted into, which is a good thing. I didn't find this book special or unique enough to move it into 4-star category- but it's a good choice for the 2017-18 PA choice list, and I think a lot of my middle schoolers will enjoy it. I especially appreciate that it features a cast of di ...more
Ms. Yingling
Jun 09, 2013 rated it really liked it

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Theo, who has gotten very tall over the summer and has been approached to be on the basketball team, is taunted with cries of “Bigfoot” and “Sasquatch” during one game, but it is the comment about his skin color that makes him pay attention. He is one of a few black kids at Orangetree Middle School in Palisades Park, and is sensitive about it. His best friend, Brian, is Jewis, and is on the Brain Train academic challenge team wit
Teresa Scherping Moulton
Theo has never been short, but after growing six inches over the summer, he towers over all his classmates. Maybe it's not a surprise then that the basketball coach recruits him to join the team. Theo is more of a nerd than a jock - he's the science expert on the Aca-lympics team - but he decides to give it a try. Unfortunately, Theo's not that great at basketball. In fact, he makes such a mess of things on the court that he's afraid coach might kick him off the team if they lose their next game ...more
Mandy Laferriere
Jun 22, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: middle-school
Theo's six inch growth spurt the summer before his 8th grade year makes him the tallest kid in school, and a shoo-in for the basketball team. Unfortunately, he's terrible at basketball. He considers himself a nerd, and his main extra-curricular is the "Aca-ympics," a high-pressure academic team event, affectionately dubbed the "Brain Train." After his first basketball game, a heckler, (who turns out to be a cute but weird new girl named Rain) call him Sasquatch, and it sticks. His basketball exp ...more
Theo’s summer growth spurt made him the tallest boy in his middle school, and got him recruited for their mediocre basketball team. Theo unfortunately stinks at basketball, and worse, the time at practice puts him behind in his studying for the Aca-lympics team he’s been on for years. Then there’s the crazy girl who seems to be stalking him, who is herself being stalked by a frightening man on a motorcycle. As if that weren’t enough, Theo’s cop father seems to be secretly dating again, years aft ...more
Dec 09, 2014 rated it liked it
I'm on a mission to try and read as many of the "chapter books" in my library as I can, so I can really speak knowledgeably to the kids about them. I bought this one last year because the protagonist was an African-American boy and the book was about basketball (sort of.) I tend not to like celebrity-authored books, but if the celebrity happens to be a decent writer, or at least knows how to pick a decent ghost-writer … this was a pretty good coming-of-age story that I will happily recommend to ...more
Dec 19, 2013 rated it liked it
Three and a half stars.

Busy, busy book. There's coming of age drama, domestic drama, a mystery, a sports team, an academic team, a deceased parent, and some prejudicial tension thrown in for good measure. That being said, I liked it. I think this book accomplishes something that is hard to do for a realistic middle grade novel. Theo, though hardly an anti-hero, is far from perfect. He has hangups, says and thinks things he shouldn't, and goes about certain things in a way few parents would be pl
Theo shot up to over 6 ft. during the summer and now everyone wants him for the basketball team. But he has never been much of an athlete and his new height just makes him feel gangly and awkward. But he joins the team and tries his hardest, without much success. Basketball causes problems in other areas of his life as well. When Theo tries to join a pick up game, he gets into his first fight. He falls behind in his preparations for the Brain Train competition and risks being thrown off this tea ...more
Marvin Cardona
Nov 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
When I read this book I was really relived because to have seen this guy in person and reading about his really great achievements was crazy. It was crazy how this huge kid was really good in basketball but then got way more better in the future by winning 6 championships with the Lakers. Kareem was one of the biggest guys in the NBA and when he was little too. When Kareem was a kid they called him Chewbacca and he grew six inches when he was a kid and that's why everybody expected a lot from hi ...more
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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (born Ferdinand Lewis Alcindor, Jr. on April 16, 1947 in New York City, New York, United States) is an American former professional basketball player and current assistant coach. Typically referred to as Lew Alcindor in his younger days, he changed his name when he converted to Islam.

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