Airball (Hardcover)

My Life in Briefs

By L.D. Harkrader

Roaring Brook Press, 9781596430600, 208pp.

Publication Date: August 11, 2005

Other Editions of This Title:
Paperback (3/4/2008)

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Kirby Nickel loves basketball. He loves watching basketball. He loves talking about basketball. The only problem is he can't play basketball. But coach has a plan for Kirby and the supremely untalented seventh-grade team. It involves the guys playing nearly naked -- only in their briefs. Maybe the so-called Stealth Sportswear (think: The Emperor's New Clothes) will really inspire the team. Maybe. And maybe, just maybe, Kirby will find out who his real father is.

About the Author

"L.D. Harkrader" never played underwear basketball, but did have a recurring nightmare about walking into the school cafeteria wearing nothing but pajamas. "I'm sure the dream meant I was afraid people would see who I really was," says L.D. "In telling Kirby's story, I hope I show readers they shouldn't be afraid to let people see who they are. Who they are is okay." L.D. lives in a small town in Kansas and, like Kirby, is a rabid Jayhawks basketball fan.

Praise For Airball: My Life in Briefs

2008 winner of the William Allen White Children’s Book Awards.  

...This year, more than 50,000 third- through eighth-graders in Kansas schools participated in naming the two White Award-winning books. “A Dog’s Life” was the choice of third through fifth graders; “Airball” won the sixth through eighth grade award...

“Airball: My Life in Briefs” is Kansas author L. D. Harkrader’s story of an uncoordinated Kansas seventh-grader who braves his coach’s ire and becomes captain of the basketball team in order to help him prove that NBA star Brett McGrew is the father he has never known....Since its inception in 1952, more than 3.7-million votes have been cast by Kansas schoolchildren to select the annual winners of the White Book Awards. The program was founded by Ruth Carver Gagliardo, a specialist in children’s literature, to honor the memory of one of the state’s most distinguished citizens by encouraging the boys and girls of Kansas to read and enjoy good books. Gagliardo guided the White Award Program from 1952 until her death in 1980.