Bound To Stay Bound

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 Playbook : 52 rules to aim, shoot, and score in this game called life
 Author: Alexander, Kwame

 Publisher:  Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (2017)

 Dewey: 796.01
 Classification: Nonfiction
 Physical Description: 169 p., ill. (some col.), 21 cm

 BTSB No: 050649 ISBN: 9780544570979
 Ages: 10-12 Grades: 5-7

 Sports -- Moral and ethical aspects
 Sports -- Quotations, maxims, etc
 Athletes -- Conduct of life
 Athletes -- Quotations

Price: $19.36

Poetry and inspiring lessons about the rules of basketball and life, as well as uplifting quotes from athletes.

 Illustrator: Neave, Thai
Reading Counts Information:
   Interest Level: 6-8
   Reading Level: 7.60
   Points: 5.0   Quiz: 69991

   Kirkus Reviews (01/01/17)
   Booklist (01/01/17)
 The Hornbook (00/03/17)

Full Text Reviews:

Booklist - 01/01/2017 Alexander uses sports as a metaphor for life in this earnest gathering of personal reminiscences. “I was tall. I thought I could ball,” he writes. “Turns out, my passion was on a different court.” He’s referring to the tennis court, where he worked his way to excellence after disappointing tries at basketball and football. Still, whatever the game—athletic or otherwise—he offers advice from his experience. Many of these rules are similar in principle: learn from failures, accept and appreciate coaching, always be prepared to take the shot when it comes, and know the rules of play—but “say yes to the possibility of sometimes making up your own.” With its black-and-orange color scheme, the page design intersperses digestible passages of narrative with basketball-themed black-and-white photos and graphics, and pithy advice from high-profile icons of achievement. General life advice, however sound, will never be a slam dunk with teens (ask any parent), but the b-ball motif adds at least some palatability, and the lessons embedded in the author’s own story may prove persuasive. - Copyright 2017 Booklist.

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