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Slam!

3.90  ·  Rating Details  ·  4,088 Ratings  ·  542 Reviews
An exciting, eye-catching repackage of acclaimed author Walter Dean Myers' bestselling paperbacks, to coincide with the publication of SUNRISE OVER FALLUJA in hardcover.

Seventeen-year-old Greg "Slam" Harris can do it all on the basketball court. He's seen ballplayers come and go, and he knows he could be one of the lucky ones. Maybe he'll make it to the top. Or maybe he'll
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Paperback, 272 pages
Published November 1st 1998 by Scholastic Paperbacks (first published 1996)
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Andrew Johns
Mar 21, 2013 Andrew Johns rated it really liked it
Slam!
By: Walter Dean Myers
Review by- Andrew Johns

Slam! By Walter Dean Myers takes you into the life of Gregory Harris other wise known as Slam. It shows the struggles he has to face in his neighborhood in Harlem, New York. The book will take you into his life and you will experience the life choices that he has to make, the people who are there to help him are Matisha, Ice, Derek(his little brother), his mother and father and teachers.

Slam loves basketball, he wants to make it big and do what he
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Rashad
Feb 20, 2009 Rashad rated it it was amazing
Shelves: book-club
In the book Slam! a young man that goes by the name of slam plays basketball for his high school. Slam is a good athlete but growing up in the mean streets of new york is hard.Most of his pears dont even make it out of high school, their either shot or end up going to jail.
I think this is a good book but i do not recommend this book to someone who is not real mature, because of the language and some of the scenes in the book.
My favorite part of this book is when slam is fighting his best frie
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Kelley Ross
May 06, 2010 Kelley Ross rated it did not like it
This is another teen basketball book, since I told myself I had to read a few in order to be a well-rounded teacher. This book was just a complete mess from beginning to end, and hard to read.

Let me explain. The story sets up quite a few issues that the main character has to overcome. His team includes white and black players- he has to overcome prejudice. His coach is mean to him- he has to hold his temper. He doesn't do his schoolwork... he never learns to do his schoolwork. There is no signi
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Keishi
Mar 25, 2008 Keishi rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Teenagers
Shelves: 9th-grade
Slam! Scholastic,1998, 273pp., $5.99
Walter Dean Myers ISBN 0-59-048668-3

By looking at the cover picture from Slam! by Walter Dean Myers, I guessed that the protagonist was a basketball player who was in jail. However, the story and the main character were different than I thought and it caught my attention from the very first chapter. And I couldnt put the book down.

Greg Harris, or his nickname "Slam," an African American high school student, is a talented basketball player, but not so talented
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Sujit Bajaj
Jun 05, 2014 Sujit Bajaj rated it it was amazing
This book takes place in many different inner city schools of New York such as Carver High School, Latimer High School, and Trinity High School in 1975. The high school student Greg Harris, also called Slam, transfers from Carver High School to Latimer High School. He struggled with family, culture, and talent. He thought his life was going to improve as basketball season approaches. He makes the basketball team for his school by playing one-on-one with the coach at the tryouts. He does not seem ...more
Ricky
Feb 04, 2014 Ricky rated it really liked it
Gregory "Slam" Harris is a talented basketball player with big dreams. Unfortunately , these big dreams came with obstacles he had to overcome. Throughout his life , Slam always dreamt of becoming a college ball player but his grades were slipping and holding him back from his dreams. Although his mom couldn't afford to change his school , with the help of Slam's girlfriend , Mitisha , his teachers and family , Slam became capable of proving to himself and others that he could make something ou ...more
Mason
Sep 27, 2015 Mason rated it really liked it
Mason Chambliss
9-27-15
Period 4
Slam!
Slam! is a novel, written by Walter Dean Myers, about a young boy wanting to become a great basketball player, but he has to balance his grades and his personal life. The boy’s name was Greg Harris, but everyone calls him Slam. Slam used to go to school with his best friend, Ice, but Slam transferred to a different school, while Ice gets in some trouble by getting into drugs and drug dealing. Slam and Ice’s relationship decreases, but Slam’s love relationship
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Jesus54ramos
The book slam was an intriguing look into the life of a young man coming of age in a rough environment. it revolves around Gregory "slam" Harris. he is a very talented basketball player with dreams of playing ball in college. he has parents who support him but want him to also get a good education because they will not be able to afford to pay to send him to a college. he is surrounded by problems all around but basketball has always been the outlet in which he can escape all his problems and be ...more
Grant Martignetti
Nov 11, 2010 Grant Martignetti rated it it was amazing
Grant Martignetti
11-9-10
Mr. Ambrose

The book “Slam” by Walter Dean Myers is about a high school boy named Greg who has trouble succeeding both in school and out. He is a superstar high school basketball player who fights the challenge of keeping his grades up as well as cooping with the issue that his best friend Ice is a drug dealer. The result of the ciaos causes fights between best friends and ends their relationship, and at the same time Greg also is fighting to keep a relationship with his l
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Erin
Oct 11, 2009 Erin rated it liked it
Recommends it for: basketball enthusiasts
I have long been a fan of Walter Dean Myers, even before I had the pleasure of meeting both him and his son, Christopher Myers, at a book talk in Washington, DC. Bringing authenticity to his narratives, Myers draws on his own past experiences growing up in Harlem in order to realistically portray the struggles of his young inner-city characters.

The main character in this particular novel is a would-be basketball star who is struggling academically in a NYC magnet school; his friends call him Sla
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Jordan
Oct 04, 2011 Jordan rated it liked it
I’ve had to ditch some things that are slowing down my life. Such as friends making bad choices, habits that effect my life, and overall decisions and lifestyles that simply aren’t needed. For example, I’m a very talkative person. Last year I wasn’t doing all that well in science, and I knew that I needed to pay more attention, and that meant zip the lip. But my table was all talkative, and the temptations were too strong; I continued to talk and do bad. But one day I decided that even though ta ...more
Aaron J
I read Slam! because I had read a previous Walter Dean Myers book, Monster, and loved it. Being a high school basketball player and seeing that Walter Dean Myers was the author I picked it up immediately, and what a great decision it was.

Slam is about an up and coming basketball player named Greg but is referred to as Slam. Coming from a black part of the Bronx he then transfers from his black school to a white school. He has to go through the culture change and the consequences for his poor g
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Steven Buruato
May 28, 2013 Steven Buruato rated it it was amazing
3,2,1 and the buzzer goes off. The book Slam! by Walter Dean Myers is an excellent written book.This book is about a high school basketball player, soon known as Slam because of his skill in basketball. This book isn't just about a student being on the basketball team, but also about his life in his neighborhood. It is also about all the people he calls friends, like his best friend Ice who he soon believes to become a drug dealer. As he tries to find the truth of his friend he is also stressed ...more
Christopher Bates
Nov 28, 2013 Christopher Bates rated it it was amazing
Walter Dean Myers does not disappoint in this story of a high school kid trapped in the ghetto where only his game can get him out. Greg Harris is a boy with god gifted athleticism and the work ethic to be great. But will his attitude and grades hold him back. These are the obstacles that Slam (his nickname) is forced to overcome. On top of all this he has suspicions of his best friend Benny Reece (who he calls Ice) is dealing crack on the street. Walter Dean Myers does it again as he brings out ...more
internat librarian
Jun 22, 2011 internat librarian rated it it was amazing
The dialogue is dated, but the story is timeless. It’s a great wake-up call for any pro-sport wannabe.

In many ways 17-year-old Slam is a typical arrogant athletic teen. He can’t figure out why his basketball coach limits his playing time, and he’s not much better at understanding his girlfriend. He’s flunking classes, but refuses to put in the effort to learn. When adults try to give him advice, he snaps back. He’s content with a 740 PSAT, knowing that a 700 is all he needs for college, as long
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Kurtis Mckeon
Mar 20, 2014 Kurtis Mckeon rated it it was amazing
Slam, was a great book. It's about a kid named Slam who is great at basketball. Unfortunately for Slam he can't keep his grades up. Slam has to switch schools and the school he goes to is harder. He switched from Carver. The coach at his new school doesn't like him because he dunks on the coach and his teammates. He makes all the big shots when they need them and the coach finally starts playing him.
Dalton Lyles
May 12, 2015 Dalton Lyles rated it liked it
I'm so glad that I have read this book coach Phillips recommended this book to me called SLAM! At first I thought it was going to be just another sports book but when I began to read it I realized that this teenage boy has problems with his self and at home. He loves sports. This book made me realize how I take things for granted in life. I rate this book as a solid three.
Zahira
Jun 12, 2014 Zahira added it
This book is fantastic. I love this book because it describes how hard his life is coming into a new school. Also it includes playing basketball, where as I love to play basketball. The way he works so hard to show the basketball coach what he is made of, but the coach doesn't pay any mind to him. This book is great if you can relate or if you want to just feel the rush of the way he talks about basketball and his moves.
Jdrysdaleanderson4
Apr 08, 2015 Jdrysdaleanderson4 rated it it was amazing
Slam is a kid from the hood that had a passion for basketball. He was so good he managed to get into a preppy white school. All the students made fun of him because he was black. All Slam wanted was to fit it. But when a man form the hood shot the principle in the school things got tuff for slam because the students thought that all black people were the same. So what he did was he showed them on the court that he he was different than all the black people and that he could be as good as them in ...more
Demarius Turner
Mar 16, 2016 Demarius Turner rated it it was amazing
The book Slam was grate.It was energetic and the book reminds me of myself because I sorta like basketball. You should really read this book and see what it's about.!!!!!!!
Tommy Buteau
Dec 08, 2012 Tommy Buteau rated it liked it
Good book for basketball players. I felt like he was setting it up for a threesome since there are a lot of unanswered questions left from this book. Did he ever pick up his school work and try as he does on the basketball court? Does his friend stop dealing? Do they win the next game against Carver? Also, there was no resolution with the movie he made. It was like the author didn't complete a single thought. If that is the whole story, I'm not sure it is worth reading unless you are into gritty ...more
Devyn C
May 23, 2016 Devyn C rated it really liked it
Slam by Walter Dean Myers was a sports book that drew my attention more and more as I continued to read. Walter Dean included many aspects into the book that made it really interesting like, action, loss, suspense, and much more. I loved reading Slam it was probably one of my favorite sports book by far.

As an athlete parents, teacher, and coaches always tell me to do good on the field and do good off the field that way I don't have to deal with the dramas and dangerous of life and that is exact
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Josh Cuozzo
May 22, 2016 Josh Cuozzo rated it it was amazing
Imagine living in the alley ways of Harlem. Sirens roaring from cop cars, homeless begging for a few dollars to buy a meal with. Friends doing questionable acts and hosting shady parties. This isn't a dream, but the life of Greg Harris and his "buddies" in a deep, gritty tale called "Slam" based on the experiences of the author Walter Dean Myers. Not really an action book at all, but a part biography part fictitious story from the perspective of a boy nicknamed Slam excelling in basketball, but ...more
MadisonW_8Reading
May 12, 2016 MadisonW_8Reading rated it liked it
I read the book "Slam!". The main character Slam or Greg is play basketball for Latimer. He also meets another main character Mtisha and Ice, his best friend. The setting is the basketball gym and Slams home. There are a couple of different conflicts in this story. Ice is dealing crack, Slam is not doing so hot in school, and he is having fighting with friends on the basketball team. The rising action is when Greg went to the party that he got invited to after the basketball game. Slam found Ice ...more
MorganH_8Reading
May 09, 2016 MorganH_8Reading rated it it was ok
The book Slam! took place in various places including, Latimer High School, Carver High School, the gym, and the streets. The main characters in this book were Greg Harris (Slam), Mtisha (Greg's girlfriend), and Ice (Greg's best friend). The supporting characters in this book were Ducky (Greg's friend), Coach Goldy, Moms, Pops, and Grandma Ellie. The main conflict in this book was Greg trying to juggle his school work, basketball, family, and his friends all at one time. The rising action starte ...more
PaytonW_8Reading
May 08, 2016 PaytonW_8Reading rated it liked it
I read the book "Slam!" with my lit circle group. The main character is Slam plus other characters that played a role in the book. This book takes place in Slam's home, Harlem. The main conflict of this story is Slam dealing with his own personal problems. He has to keep his grades up and he also has to work hard to compete in basketball. The rising action of this book is when Slam starts becoming suspicious with Ice dealing drugs. The climax of this book is when Slam catches Ice dealing drugs a ...more
Wyatt Howard
Feb 04, 2016 Wyatt Howard rated it it was amazing
The book I read was Slam! written by Walter Dean Myers. The main character of the book is Greg “Slam” Harris. Greg is an amazing basketball whose dream is to play in the NBA. He’s got the skills, but not the attitude or grades to get him there. He has obstacles to climb from fights with teammates, arguments with girls and watching out for his best friend. This book is worth the read, it has everything you want from drama to excitement

Slam! is definitely worth the read. This book has everything t
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Ephod Leonce
Slam was a game changer for me. I'm an athlete, so books about sports draw my attention the quickest but the problem with most sportsbooks is they're uninteresting. Slam didn't have that problem. I enjoyed this book from beginning to end. It was very interesting and kept me on the balls of my feet, having me wonder what is going to happen next.

“The you only difference between on the court and off the court is that everybody is in the game off the court. You will play, and you will win or lose.”
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Nick Honor
Nov 29, 2015 Nick Honor rated it liked it
Book Review
I just finished reading Slam by Walter Dean Meyers. I really enjoyed this book because I felt that I could relate to the main character who was trying to balance both school and basketball. Playing a sport and having school at the same time is nothing easy, a times there will be some sleepless nights and early mornings. Especially when the athlete is trying to make the same grades as if he or she was a regular student. Greg Harris, the main character, is a basketball star but his gra
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AaronW.
Oct 16, 2015 AaronW. rated it really liked it
My book is called slam by Walter Dean Myers. I read this book because the cover shows a boy with a basketball in his hand. This story is about a boy named Greg Harris “Slam” he is a basketball player who lives in the projects and is on the edge of getting kicked off the basketball team because of his grades. Slam has lots of distractions that has stops him from trying to keep his grades up including his temper. One of the reasons why Slam has a horrible temper because he had to transfer from Ca ...more
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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.

After serving four years in the army, he worked at various jobs and earned a BA from Empi
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