Fiction James W. Bennett The Squared Circle

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The Squared Circle

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Sonny, a university freshman and star basketball player, finds that the pressures of college life, NCAA competition, and an unsettling relationship with his feminist cousin bring up painful memories that he must face before he can decide what is important in his life. Reprint.

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Grade 9 Up?The seamier side of big-time college athletics and the painful maturation of a young man is portrayed through the experiences of Sonny Youngblood, high school All-American. As he enters Southern Illinois University on full scholarship, his sole focus is on basketball. His cousin Sissy is an art professor at SIU and becomes reacquainted with Sonny when she helps him get an independent credit he needs to stay eligible for the team. Though she is totally cynical toward the University's basketball program, a strong bond begins to form between them. While getting national publicity as one of the nation's top scoring freshman, Sonny is starting to see the bigger picture due to an NCAA investigation into SIU's basketball program and Sissy's perspective on the situation. After he works through a number of unresolved issues in his past, including confronting his uncle about receiving a large payoff for steering him to SIU, his life is forever altered by an accident that costs Sonny a major portion of his right hand. Bennett pulls no punches. His story is fictional, but his sobering indictment of Division One college athletics is right out of the daily sports pages. The language is rough, and the sexual innuendoes are raw but reflective. This is a sobering read that should be thrust into the hands of any high school students who are contemplating playing revenue-producing sports at major universities. Just hope they have the ability and time to read it.?Tom S. Hurlburt, La Crosse Public Library, WI
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Gr. 9^-12. Sonny Youngblood, high school all-American basketball player, finds the pressures building up in his first year of college. He still plays basketball with intensity and ferocious concentration, but his grades are mediocre, NCAA investigators are asking lots of questions about his recruitment, and he's joined the fraternity from hell. He soon gets rid of the fraternity with its barbaric (and graphically depicted) hazing and racism, but his older cousin Sissy, a professor at the university who is philosophically opposed to college athletics, adds to his confusion. Bennett can certainly not be accused of romanticizing Sonny's life, and high-school-age readers may be impressed by his tough writing style and openness about sexuality, even as they are intrigued by the moral complexities he presents. Susan Dove Lempke

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