Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Fast Break

Regina Hart
New York : Dafina Books, c2011.
344 p. ; 18 cm.

Product Details
Paperback: 368 pages
Publisher: Kensington Publishing (June 7, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 075825881X
ISBN-13: 978-0758258816

Product Description
It’s 24/7 money, fame, and game on-and off-the court. But the real action is behind the scenes in Regina Hart’s sizzling new pro b-ball series, where the stakes are everything and winning means playing for keeps…
He’s a two-time MVP and three-time championship winner. He lives to be the best. And now that he’s a first-time coach, DeMarcus Guinn will lead the NBA’s worst team to the top his way-or no way at all. But the team’s fiery franchise owner, Jaclyn Jones, is fighting him at every turn. And their unexpectedly seductive one-on-one is the kind of game time he can’t resist…

Turning her family’s team into winners is Jaclyn’s only hope of saving them and her community. She’s used to being in control, but DeMarcus’ determination-and the way he makes her feel-are like no moves she’s ever seen. And with everything they care about on the line, they’ll have to play to win … or lose their hearts. --This text refers to the Kindle Edition edition.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

The Cruisers: Checkmate

The Cruisers: Checkmate
Myers, Walter Dean, 1937-
New York : Scholastic, 2011.
133 p. : ill. ; 20 cm.

Reading level: Ages 10-14
Hardcover: 144 pages
Publisher: Scholastic Press (August 1, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0439916275
ISBN-13: 978-0439916271

In the second book of the CRUISERS series, Walter Dean Myers explores the world of competitive chess as seen through the eyes of a group of middle school misfits.
Sidney Aronofsky is one of the best chess players under age 16 in both the city and the country. When he's arrested for trying to buy drugs, it comes as a total surprise to those who know him. The expectations of parents, schools, and tutors pressure the young players. Sidney loves and wants to play chess, but dislikes the constant spotlight. He thinks that if he appears to be involved in drugs or a troublemaker he will be excused from playing on the school's team. In this book Zander and his crew is back, using the Cruiser school newspaper express their frustrations and triumphs.

Four middle-schoolers who publish an alternative newspaper at their Harlem academy for gifted students investigate why a classmate--one of the best chess players in New York City--was caught trying to buy drugs.

About the Author
Walter Dean Myers is the critically acclaimed NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author of more than eighty books for children and young adults. His award-winning body of work includes SUNRISE OVER FALLUJAH, FALLEN ANGELS, MONSTER, SOMEWHERE IN THE DARKNESS, SLAM!, JAZZ, and HARLEM. Mr. Myers has received two Newbery Honors and five Coretta Scott King Awards. In addition, he is the winner of the first Michael L. Printz Award and the Coretta Scott King-Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement. Mr. Myers lives in Jersey City, New Jersey.

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