A Harlem teenager learns how to apply the will he has to win at hoops to other parts of his life in this vivid, fluent story from Myers Toussaint L'Ouverture, p. This part in the book creates a whole source of suspense and uncertainty over what will happen next. The flow of the story is fantastic, which made the book so easy to read. He then goes to a place to eat with the new characters Mtisha and Ice and we learn about how Mtisha thinks that Ice is in a bad spot and the Slam should help. Wells was an extraordinary woman who was hard at work to better the lives of African Americans. Some loose ends may stay untied, but Slam, after hearing his assistant coach's comment that not all games end at the buzzer, is beginning to find a way to make his pride work for, rather than against, him.
He knows that he has the ability to go all the way to the huge arenas, but he also might hit the skids like his friend Ice. Few writers can match Myers for taut, savvy basketball action, and in those scenes he's at the top of his form. Then the next day, he goes to basketball practice and we meet Ducky, Goldy, and the coach and he shows off his skills in a 1v1 match against the coach. Sixteen-year-old Slam Harris is counting on his noteworthy basketball talents to get him out of the inner city and give him a chance to succeed in life, but his coach sees things differently. The story ended with Mtisha saying how proud she was because he stood up to Ice and Slam dunking at their practice before the tournament.
What caught my eye was his last name, Myers, well my last name is Myers too. Unfortunately, his teachers are not willing to let things slide just because of his basketball abilities. The author, Walter Dean Myers, a prior Newbery Honor recipient, used his own background growing up in Harlem to write this coming-of-age story of a young hoops player trying to find his own way on the harsh blacktop. Interactive Response Walter Dean Myers does a good job of bringing up all the challenges that Greg has to face. Slam then asked the coach why he hasn't been starting him that he needed to step up, so he talked to Ice and they played for a little while and then Ice said how he was going to kick their butts in the coming week. Going through different experiences with different people Greg learns how to deal with his problems and fix his attitude.
Mtisha found out and they started to fight, but the eventually got back together and they got a little bi better because of what happened. Tension begins to grow within due to Greg attitude and the team gets involved in a couple fights. His parents try to help Greg with his grades by hiring him a tutor, but he denies the offer, when he gets offended by the fact that his parents are trying to fix or change him. Maybe he'll make it all the way to the big arenas, or maybe, like his man Ice, he'll stumble along the way. Monkey sets out to teach the greedy bird a much-needed lesson. Greg again confronts Ice then Ice gets angry and starts a fight with Greg. Again they end up winning the game thanks to Greg but Greg still hasn't fixed his attitude.
Slam lives in Harlem and attends the prestigious magnet school Latimer in the South Bronx. Then Slam played another game and won even though he didn't start both of the coaches decided to start him next game against Trinity. Leaving his best friend Ice behind, Slam transfers to a top-notch academic school and is easily the best player on the basketball team. It has a failing basketball program. At his old school, Carver, Greg and his best friend, Ice, were the two main players on there basketball team.
A boy whose questing intelligence was engaged in a long and complicated conversation with the books he read, books that made him feel more real than his real life did but that were also silent about black boys like him. Slam has seen other ballplayers with ability leave the neighborhood, many the hard way, but a few have headed for glory. Of the many, many books I have read about war both fiction and non-fiction , and especially about the VietNam war, this has to be at the top of the list. At the tryouts his arrogance leads into him playing 1on1 basketball against his coach. The setting also helps us picture the story because Mtisha and Slam live near, they already have a close bond with each other. Third-party sites are multimedia services that allow you to read and download e-books. Parrish starts to make a fool out of Slam, but he doesn't let that stop Slam from being a good teammate, player, and student all around.
Monkey and the Gotcha Bird 1984 — Captured by the Gotcha Bird one day when he was walking around with his nose in the air thinking he was big stuff, Monkey does some fast thinking to keep from being eaten. Slam plays basketball and he is very skilled mainly because of how tall he is. His temper is like his game, hard and fast. Slam learned more about Ice when Slam, Ice, Bianca, and Kicky. A distracted, disruptive boy — a bad boy, his teachers said.
Mtisha starts to teach Slam how to solve hard algebra so he can play basketball. He also can not seem to impress his coach enough to get good playing time on his school basketball team, because of his negative attitude. When it cam time to plat Trinity, he said that this is the most exciting I have ever been. Greg's temper and attitude ends up causing problems as he almost hits one of his teachers. This story as a whole has been very realistic as Walter Dean Myers does a good job of giving a description of the setting and the characters which pop up.
This novel is written from the prospective of the protagonist Greg Harris. Throughout the book Greg is always wondering what Ice is up to and if he's dealing drugs. After taking a hard test in his math class, Slam is not exactly content with his grade. Few writers can match Myers for taut, savvy basketball action, and in those scenes he's at the top of his form. A love of basketball isn't necessary to enjoy this gritty, feelingly told tale, but it would certainly help. As a boy, Walter Dean Myers was quick-tempered and always ready for a fight. I am now doing an author study for my language arts class on you and some of your books.