John Coy Around The World

ISBN 13: 9781584302445

Around The World

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A fantastic journey around the world is about to begin. Starting in downtown New York City and traveling to Australia, China, Turkey, Nigeria, France, Brazil, Canada, Puerto Rico, and back to New York again, kids play their hearts out in a grueling, winner-take-all, pick-up basketball game. Full court passes in a gym in Shanghai are effortlessly picked off in Istanbul with a turn of the page. Thwack! Readers will challenge themselves to keep pace with these young players while taking in the sights of the Eiffel tower and other landmarks that frame the action in each city.

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JOHN COY is the author several award-winning books for young readers. Around the World is a tribute to his love of basketball. In addition to writing, Coy teaches writing to children in the Twin Cities area and travels frequently to other countries to conduct writing and basketball workshops. He and his family live in St. Paul, Minnesota. · Night Driving, illustrated by Peter McCarty (Holt, 1996, $15.95 hardcover, ISBN 0805029311; 6.95 paperback, ISBN 0805067086).· Strong to the Hoop, illustrated by Leslie Jean-Bart (Lee & Low, 1999, $16.95 hardcover, ISBN 1880000806; $7.95 paperback, ISBN 1584301783) Also available in Spanish (Directo al aro).· Vroomaloom Zoom, illustrated by Joe Cepeda (Dragon Fly, 2002, $16.95 hardcover, ISBN 0517800098; 6.99 paperback, ISBN 0440417597).· Two Old Potatoes and Me, illustrated by Carolyn Fisher (Knopf, 2003, $15.95, ISBN 0375821805).

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A fast and furious street-basketball game is played in an original graphic style: from action-packed spread to spread, the ball travels from New York to countries including Nigeria, China, and Brazil and back to New York. Despite the schematic concept, the book, featuring comic-strip dialogue boxes capturing the young players' telegraphic speech patterns, will hook readers. -- The Horn Book Guide

In the hottest and most cosmic hoops contest since Kevin O'Malley's Mount Olympus Basketball (2003), Coy shifts the court between shots from New York to Perth, to Shanghai, then Istanbul and on around the world. The players may change with each turn of the page, but the game stays the same, and so does the fast-break pace: In Lagos, just as "Obinna muscles for position and jumps for rebound," [turn] "On a court in Paris, France, Jerome slaps the rebound-FWAPP! He tosses to Antoine, who jets up the floor." The art is all energy, with thickly drawn figures flying across panels and spreads past comic-book style dialogue balloons and text boxes. Opening and closing with Tanika and Jamal shooting "Around the World" on a playground in New York (instructions for play appended), Coy and the illustrators give the speed, the physicality and especially the international scope fo the game a real slam dunk. -- Kirkus Reviews

Take a fantastic journey around the world as teams in ten countries--Australia, China, Turkey, Serbia, Nigeria, France, Brazil, Canada, Puerto Rico, and the United States--play an unusual game of basketball. Beginning with a map that shows each locale, the game starts in New York where Jamal and his sister play on a rooftop court. As the action continues, the athletes change but the game continues, offering a glimpse at the universality of sports. Boys and girls will be attracted not only to the topic, but also to the comic book-style layout, featuring multiple panels one each page, dialogue bubbles, and action-packed perspectives. After the game returns to New York, an afterword page provides instructions for playing the game in your neighborhood. -- PARENT: WISE AUSTIN

Grab a courtside seat as an everyday game of Around the World takes readers on an extraordinary journey. Beginning in New York City, the comic book-style text transports readers from game to game on a ten-city tour that will have them bouncing with delight. -- LEARNING Magazine

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