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Andre Anderson is an African American teenager with a bright future. He loves to play basketball. He loves to hang out with his friends. He loves to laugh. Andre has skills, brains, and heart. He also has a dream. Then he is viciously attacked. Now everything he ever believed about the world has been called into question. Even his deadly jump shot. How can a man get up when he has been unjustly beaten down? Andre is about to find out. Andre is The Hoopster.
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Alan Lawrence Sitomer is California's 2007 Teacher of the Year. In addition to being an inner-city high school English teacher and professor in the Graduate School of Education at Loyola Marymount University, Mr. Sitomer is a nationally renowned speaker specializing in engaging reluctant readers who received the
2004 award for Classroom Excellence from the Southern California Teachers of English and the 2003 Teacher of the Year honor from California Literacy.Homeboyz is the final volume in his young adult trilogy of novels that began withThe Hoopster and Hip-Hop High School. Alan is also the author of Hip-Hop
Poetry and The Classics, a text used in classrooms across the United States to engage disengaged students.
Grade 8-10-Andre Anderson spends his summer playing basketball with his pals and working at a magazine, where he is assigned to write an article dealing with race. As an African American, the teen is reluctant to take on this subject as his first assignment, but he comes to think about it more deeply and writes an explosive piece. In fact, the article stirs such passions that a group of racists assault him, smashing his hand and sending him to the hospital. At the novel's end, Andre has recovered and is lauded for his courage and talent. At its best (especially in the first part), the novel captures the details of everyday life and the sometimes rough talk of teenagers. However, the second part becomes rather didactic and fuzzy. It would have helped, for example, to know more of the content of Andre's article and what made it so controversial. And it is doubtful that the thugs who attacked him would have been so stirred by something that appeared in what seems to be a rather sophisticated magazine-the written word doesn't have much influence on that type of guy. Finally, as the novel progresses, Andre becomes less of a well-rounded character and more of a cardboard "hero." It all adds up to a story that, despite some good moments, never manages to take off.
Todd Morning, Schaumburg Township Public Library, IL
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