Ball Don't Lie
By Matt De La Pena
Delacorte Press Books for Young Readers, Paperback, 9780385734257, 280pp.
Publication Date: March 13, 2007
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But Sticky can ball. And basketball might just be his ticket out . . . if he can only realize that he doesn t have to be the person everyone else expects him to be.
Matt de la Pena's breakout urban masterpiece, "Ball Don t Lie" takes place where the street and the court meet and where a boy can be anything if he puts his mind to it.
AN ALA BEST BOOK FOR YOUNG ADULTS
AN ALA QUICK PICK FOR RELUCTANT READERS
STAR] " An] inspiring story. Sticky is a true original, and de la Pena has skillfully brought him to life."-"School Library Journal," Starred
"Riveting...Teens will be strongly affected by the unforgettable, distinctly male voice; the thrilling, unusually detailed basketball action; and the questions about race, love, self-worth, and what it means to build a life without advantages."-"Booklist"
"Stunningly realistic, this book will hook older readers, especially urban teen males."-"Voice of Youth Advocates"
"The characters live and breath...This is a must-read."-"The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books"
"De la Pena does an excellent job of combining the streets with the sport. Gritty and mesmerizing."-"Kirkus Reviews
"I have never before seen blacktop ball depicted so well. In this novel, you will find its flash, its power, and its elegance without chains. This is powerful stuff."-Antawn Jamison, forward for the Los Angeles Clippers
"From the very first sentence, this book grabbed me and didn't let go. The deeper I got into it, the more I felt like Sticky's story was my story. His heart, his handle, the guys in the gym, his potential pitfalls, his dreams. All of it. In a weird sense, this is my life."-Grayson Boucher ("The Professor") of tha AND 1 Mix Tape Tour
"Truly authentic in its examination of both the game I love and the invariable missteps toward manhood. You cannot fail to be moved by the eloquence and truth of this story."-Rick Fox, former forward for the Los Angeles Lakers
"From the Hardcover edition.