Saturday, February 11, 2012

Pick-Up Game: A Full Day of Full Court edited by Marc Aronson and Charles R. Smith Jr.

In the book Pick-Up Game: A Full Day of Full Court, there are various short stories that show a day in the life of The Cage, the famous, well-known basketball court in NYC. Poems and photographs by Charles R. Smith JR. help introduce each new short story which consists of a different player. The short stories were written very well and excellent, especially the two stories from Walter Dean Myers and Sharon Flake, which stand out and are very interesting due to the in-depth details of those two stories. Each story is written by a different author from a different character's perspective. In each story, the main character reflects on what he thinks of the game. The short stories give you a sense of the drama inside the game and out. However, this book can be confusing at times because of various different viewpoints. One thing that is the same in all of the short stories is the location, The Cage, located at the corner of West 4th Street and Sixth Avenue in Manhattan, where players from many different places got together to play ball. This book gives you a good idea of what street ball is, opposed to a normal basketball game. Street ball players go by the rule "no blood, no foul", therefore you could infer that street ball is rough.

I would recommend this book to teenagers and adults who have a good sense of the game of basketball, because there are times in the book when players talk about "picks and rolls" and "give and go's", and these sayings to someone who doesn't understand baskeball could cause confusion and affect their full comprehension of understanding this book. Anyone who enjoys basketball and just loves the game should most certainly read this book.
~Carson, Teen Book Reviewer

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