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Shooting Star

by Fredrick  McKissack, Jr.

Published by Atheneum, 2009
273 pages
ISBN: 978-1-4169-4745-5

Ages 13 and older

Jomo Rodgers is a capable football player, but nothing like his best friend Jayson, a sophomore who抯 already being courted by college recruiters. Coach thinks he needs to bring a more committed attitude to his play, but Jomo is sure it抯 his size𤂞 and 150 pounds杢hat抯 keeping him from getting the recognition he deserves. An off-season training program should help him bulk up, but results are slow, and Jomo is unable to resist the temptation of steroids. His seller swears that it抯 safe, and there抯 no denying the satisfaction of the rapid increase in size and ability that Jomo experiences. But along with those payoffs come problems, and soon Jomo is experiencing the downside of 搄uicing. This realistic portrayal of a well-intentioned teen抯 downward spiral through the physical, emotional, and social side effects of illegal steroid use stands out for its well-developed characters and its unflinching focus on a prominent issue in contemporary athletics. CCBC categories: Fiction for Young Adults.  © Cooperative Children's Book Center

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