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(Bluford High #15)

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There's no backing down for Lionel Shephard, a new freshman at Bluford High. With a dream of joining the NBA, all he wants to do at school is play basketball. But everyone's trying to stop him. His father thinks basketball is a waste of time; his teachers don't know he can barely read and threaten to fail him; and his dropout friend Jamar wants him to quit school. Unsure w ...more
Paperback, 140 pages
Published January 1st 2009 by Townsend Press (first published September 22nd 2008)
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May 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book is about a boy named Lionel that goes to Bluford High School. His dream is going to the NBA, but his dad thinks its a waste of time, his teachers think he won't make it because he can't read, and his friend Jamar that dropped out of school is telling Lionel to drop out also. I think this book is good because it relates to me and I like to play basketball.
Caleb Anderson
Mar 08, 2013 marked it as to-read
The book is named schooled written by Paul Langan. Lionel is really good at basketball but he can’t keep his grades up. He is thinking of dropping out of school. The book was kind of bad at the beginning then at the end of the book was really good.
There is a kid named Lionel he is a freshman at Bluford High. His dad is a trucker and his mom is in the army and his also has one little sister. Lionel goes to school on Friday and his first class is English with Mrs. Henley. Lionel is talking in he
Brandon Loehrke
Mar 18, 2014 rated it really liked it

"Schooled" is a book about a boy named Lionel. Lionel is a freshman at Bluford High School. Lionel loves basketball. It is the one thing that gets his mind off of school. Lionel struggles when it comes to getting good grades, and completing work on time. Lionel thinks that playing basketball is going to solve all his problems. He believes that he is going to be in the NBA, so he doesn't need to try in school. One day while shooting hoops in the gym the basketball coach tells him that he should t
Brandon Bastar
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I liked the book Schooled . It was very interesting and gave a great detailed perspective from everyone who was a part of the book. It was a little bit humorous but still had a lot of important events that lead up to the main point in the book.

At the beginning of the book, Loniel was struggling in school and could not seem to keep up with his work. He was not good at reading and he was stressed about his mother being deployed in the army. At the time, none of his schooling
Oct 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
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I really liked this book because it showed the struggles of many kids in schools today. I also really liked this book because of all of the events that occurred throughout the plot. Although I liked the book, there were some parts I did not like. I felt like the book lacked details of most of the characters. I also thought the author could have added more to the story.

The book started out with Lionel talking to his mother on the phone about her staying deployed for another y
Mar 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was a good book i give it 5/5 stars because it was about a boy who wanted to play basketball at Bluford High but then his parents didn't want him to play and worry about school. He goes to tryouts but at the end of practice his teachers go to the coaches to explain to them that Lionel was struggling with school and that his grades werent good enough for him to play. So it creates a lot of drama when Lionel decided to run away and live with his friend at an apartment. He decides to star ...more
Dec 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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I really liked Schooled because of how much I related to it. It actually gave me a little motivation to get my grades up so I can play basketball. I really liked the way the author wrote the book with so many real world situations. I think more people should read these books because of how realistic they are. I rated this book five out of five stars, because it kept me hooked the whole time I was reading it. The major events that happened were very interesting and kept me readi
Peter Nicholson
Sep 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
"Schooled" is a book about a freshman boy named Lionel. He loves to play basketball, his goal in life is to become a professional basketball player. He has issues with keeping up on his grades, and handing in his schoolwork in on time. His biggest trouble is English class, because he cannot read at the level he should be reading at. His English teacher is the only teacher who makes him work hard at trying to pass the class. Lionel's dad is a trucker and his mom is in the army so neither of his p ...more
Mar 07, 2010 rated it it was amazing
The book Schooled, by Paul Langan is a good book. It's about this boy named Lionel, whose dream is to become a professional basketball player. He's really good at basketball but he doesn't focus on school work that much. His dad wants him to focus on school work, but it's been hard for him because his mom moved to the army. I don't really know if his mom was the only one who could explain the type of stuff he was doing to him or if he just can't focus on school work because he's worried about hi ...more
Sep 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
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I liked Schooled in multiple ways. I like the story line and the way the theme blends with the flow of the story. The author knows how to keep the reader reading. When I started this book I felt I would not like it because of the beginning, thinking it was a little childish. It took me awhile to figure out if I liked the book or not, mostly because of the slow start. After about chapter two is where it really picked up and started to make sense.

Schooled was about a high sch
Bryce Akey
Jan 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
“Schooled,” is about a high school boy named Lionel. He attends Blueford High School. He loves basketball more than anything in the world. Maybe a little bit too much. He thinks he is good enough to play in the NBA. Because of that, he does not try hard in school. He is barely able to read, and never finishes any of his homework. One day after school, Lionel sneaks into the gym to shoot some hoops. He gets startled when a man with a clip board walks into the gym and asks him what he is doing. Th ...more
Jan 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
I read the book "Schooled" by Paul Langan. This book is about a boy in high school named Lionel. Lionel is an amazing athlete and he is very good at basketball. His dream and goal in life is to play in the NBA. There is a problem that Lionel faces though. He has troubles in school and can not seem to keep his grades up. His dad is always working and his mom is in the military across seas. Lionel struggles with all of this and feels very lost and soon all of the pressure builds up and he can not ...more
Dec 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
“Schooled” was a really great book to read. It kept me sucked into the story line. The author did a good job on keeping the details in depth with what was happening. I thought the book was overall really good.

Lionel attends Bluford High School. He is not a very good student. He has troubles in school such as reading. His teacher is always picking him to do little things like reading in front of the class. The thing about Lionel is that he is the greatest at basketball. But, he can’t participate
Chelsea Cabrera
Oct 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Date: October 12,2012
Title: Schooled
Author: Paul Langan
Genre: Realistic Fiction
In the book Schooled, written by Paul Langan, The main character Lionel is trying to follow his dreams of becoming a basketball player. But, with school in his way and the people around him stopping him he really doesn't know how to handle all of it. No one is ever there for him when he needs advice, therefore he's been making wrong choices about school.
His father thinks basketball is a waste of time; and wouldn't l
Kori Looker
Mar 02, 2014 rated it liked it
I thought "Schooled" by Paul Langan was an easy, yet good read. In this book a high school boy, Lionel, felt as though he was too stupid for school. He had troubles reading and writing. Lionel felt that he didn't belong in school, but he wanted to succeed. He succeeded on the basketball court more than anything. His dream was to be a professional basketball player. One thing was holding him back though, ambition for grades in school.

Lionel goes to Bluford High School, where he struggles with pa
Feb 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
I'm going to write a book review on Schooled. Lionel is the main character. L is a very good basketball player and has great personality. I like how he doesn't fight players/people when they make fun of him or hit him. I don't like how people are trying to get him to drop out of high school and just smoke weed. I can relate to Lionel because he keeps going no matter what or what's going on or he will try his best even tho he's playing against guys that are older and bigger than him. It was final ...more
Oct 04, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 7th-grade
When you have a dream ; dont let anyone stand in your way. Go out there and persue it because the reason why people are holding you back is something you dont know and might not ever figure ou. Life is about choices. You can go right or you can go left. Its your life to live. Your consiquenses to face. Do you. Dont let nothing stop you. You have to live your life not caring because people will try to break you down. and if you let them kill your dream your the dumb one with the mistake.

L had a
Simon Yu
Jun 12, 2011 rated it really liked it
This book is about a boy name Lionel. He keeps on failing on school. His failing subject is literacy. He can't pronounce words correctly and his grammar is bad. His reading and writing grades are horrible. He is also failing in other subjects. He dreamed on being an NBA player. He likes to play basketball. His dad won't let him play basketball because of his failing grades. Lionel is playing to quit school. It is easy to be bad and it is hard to be a good person.

This book make me feel sad beca
I read the book Schooled by Pul Langan. The mani character in this book and I were kind of the sme in someways, beside the fact that he was kind of dumb, we were the same.
Lionel was the main character in the book. He often had problems in school and that ran over into the house hold. He was a fantastic and smart basketball player, but he had to do in the classroom to. He was offered help but didn't take it, and also his "so called friend" pressure him into coming into his broke down apartment an
Lizbeth Flores
In general I strongly agree that Paul Langan is an amazing writer e is one of those authors that i will recommend to someone who is looking of an entertaining,trgaic,eye catching book. An example of this is for example this book its Schooled and this book sounds and kinda is like The Bully by te same author Paul Langan. This book is amazing, I truly love his books. I would recommend this to any person in general, because his books are just that fascinating.

Its about a boy who wants to get out in
Brianna Allen
Nov 04, 2010 rated it really liked it
I read a book called Schooled by Paul Langan. This book is a very interesting story in many different ways. In my outlook of this book I believed that it shows life on the edge in a very unique way. This book showed me how important education is, and how if you want to get somewhere in life you have to step up and earn it. It also showed me the importance of sports, and wanting to do the sport you love so bad that it seems more important than education. I think that many people will enjoy this b ...more
Nov 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing

I think the book is a really good book even though it’s about basketball and I don’t like basketball.

The main character, Lionel Shepherd, is a freshman at Blue Ford High School is a very good basketball player. Lionel wants to go to the NBA. All he wants to do is play basketball, but his father and teachers want him to work on school more than basketball. His friend want him to drop out of school and come live with him. Lionel decides not to drop out of school. He decides to finish school. He go
David Haynes
Apr 01, 2014 rated it it was ok
The genre on the book is fiction. The book is basically about a freshman in high school wants to play for the school and he cant because he is ineligible and so on.

The book itself was good, it kept me interested and wanting to read more. I just didn't like how the book ended but i would still recommend reading it.

I recommend this book for people like fictional books, troubled teenagers, and sports. If you like this book then i would also recommend reading some of the other books in the bluford
Olatunji Coleman
Aug 10, 2010 rated it liked it
Lionel loves basketballand willplay against anyone who challenges him even Steve Morris.Steve Morris is twice his size.He although Morris fouled he wasnt scared. Acdemic-wise he is doing terrible.Lionel is thinking of what his friend did drop out. If he drops out then school wont be a problem. Since His parents left him and his sister,why cant he?
Oct 13, 2010 rated it it was amazing
this book shows you that you can be whoever you want to be also, his father thinks he should be worrying about school instead of basketball
Gissell Espinal
Nov 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
is a nice book and i really enjoy it so much
Jan 15, 2015 rated it liked it
Good, and realistic. NBA Hoop Dreams reminds me of this book
Nov 17, 2017 added it
The book I read was called Bluford Series “Schooled”. This book was about this boy named Lionel. Lionel was a kid that really didn’t care about school. He didn’t care about school because he was made fun of because he wasn’t good at it. Lionel also didn’t care because his mom was in the army and his dad was always working of was just never home. Lionel had a job at the local car wash with his friend Jamar. Jamar told him “if you don’t like school he could stay at his place where there are no rul ...more
May 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Paul Lagan's " schooled " is a young adult fiction book. The main character of the book is Lionel Shephard he's going through his first year in high school. Lionel's problem is that his mom went to the Army when he was in middle school and he was hurt and basketball saved him from school. I feel like that Lionel is just hurt and wants to take his mind off of basketball. But then again I feel like he shouldn't let that make him care less about school and more about basketball. Because your educat ...more
May 15, 2018 rated it liked it
I wouldn't really suggest my book to my certain friend group, but for some certain people I think it would be great for. People who are maybe struggling in school, but there is a lot of people at Tomah who are just like Lionel. Lionel is a high school student at Bluford High School, and he is one of the least gifted in his class, school wise. Lionel Shepard is a very good basketball player as well, and often plays outside on the court where a lot of his friends do. Lionel wants to drop out of sc ...more
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