Strong to the HoopAuthor John Coy Illustrated by Leslie Jean-Bart ISBN 9781880000809 Binding Trade Cloth Publisher Lee & Low Books Publication Date February 19, 2002 Size 210 x 273 mm
James has always settled for watching his big brother Nate play basketball from the sidelines. Then one day, a player is injured and James is asked to join the older boys' game. This is James' chance to prove himself on the main court, and he knows there is much more than "game point" riding on his last shot.
John Coy's energetic prose captures the intensity and emotion of the competition, while Leslie Jean-Bart's photo collages deliver the urban pace of the game.
Cooperative Children's Book Center (CCBC)
Original Art Show
Society of Illustrators
ALA Notable Children's Book
American Library Association (ALA)
Notable Books for a Global Society
International Reading Association
Children's Books of the Year
Bank Street College
Grades 1 - 4
African/African American Interest, Games & Toys, Heroism, Self Esteem/Identity, Siblings, Sports
Leslie Jean-Bart photographs and photo collages have appeared in NEW YORK MAGAZINE, NEWSWEEK, and THE NEW YORK TIMES. A native of Haiti, he received a masters degree in journalism from Columbia University. Mr. Jean-Bart now lives in New York City. Strong to the Hoop is his first book for children. To find out more about Leslie Jean-Bart, visit his Web site: www.lesliejean-bart.com