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H.O.R.S.E.: A Game of Basketball and Imagination

by Christopher Myers

Published by Egmont, 2012
32 pages
ISBN: 978𢴔06842188

Ages 510

Two African American teens seemingly engaged in a friendly game of H.O.R.S.E. on the basketball court are actually engaged in a dazzling contest of imagination and one-upmanship as each comes up with increasingly outrageous ideas for shots. The first suggests he抣l 搒hoot a perfect layup, with my left foot from atop a 437-story building, after calculating the wind speed and direction. The other counters with his 揗agellan shot梠ne jump around the world. 揂s I approach the court, somewhere over New Jersey, I抣l raise back, open my mouth, dunk the ball through the basket there, with my tongue! The first teen抯 response: a shot involving a cloud, the moon, and the rings of Saturn. It抯 all fun and games in Christopher Myers抯 dynamic story, which has wit in both the wordplay and the art. The two characters speech is delineated by different colors of text, making the back-and-forth exchange easy to follow.  © Cooperative Children's Book Center

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