Shooting stars

by James, LeBron.

Format: Book on CD 2009
Availability: Available at 1 Library 1 of 1 copy
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Location Collection Call #
Carnegie Library of Homestead Recorded Book BCD 796.323092 Jame
Location  Carnegie Library of Homestead
 
Collection  Recorded Book
 
Call Number  BCD 796.323092 Jame
 
 
Summary
Basketball superstar LeBron James and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Buzz Bissinger deliver a remarkable tale of teamwork and empowered transformation. During his elementary and junior high school years, LeBron James teamed up with friends to create the Northeast Ohio Shooting Stars, a youth basketball team. Through hard work, strong coaching connections, and stunning athletic skills, the Shooting Stars made it to the AAU National Championship in 1999.
Basketball superstar James and Bissinger, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Friday Night Lights, tell this poignant, thrilling account of the power of teamwork to transform young lives, including James's own.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "LeBron James is the best basketball player in the world. Sorry Kobe. He entered the NBA immediately after high school and has been piling up awards ever since (including Most Valuable Player for the 2009 season). But the NBA isn't his subject here. Writing with coauthor Bissinger (of Friday Night Lights fame), James recalls his youth, the son of a teenage single mother, growing up poor in Akron, Ohio, and playing basketball for the Shooting Stars, an amateur team whose players formed the nucleus of the St.Vincent-St. Mary's high-school squad that won Ohio state titles in three of James' four prep years. Though there's enough game action described to satisfy hard-core hoopsters, the book is really an extended and heartfelt thank-you to all the people who helped LeBron negotiate the potential minefield of his youth. That group includes fellow players, coaches, his mother, and the family that took him in for a year during a particularly difficult time. A warm, thoughtful memoir by a young man who, it seems clear, will never forget his humble origins.--Lukowsky, Wes Copyright 2009 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "James, the highest-paid athlete (including endorsement deals) in the NBA, turns to Bissinger (Friday Night Lights) to tell the story of his meteoric rise as a high school basketball player, when he and his teammates took a private school in Ohio to state and national championships. Looking back at the media circus that put him on the cover of Sports Illustrated at 17, James accuses the media of overexposing him for their own benefit. It feels like the young superstar is working out some grudges against the athletic officials who challenged his amateur status after he accepted two jerseys from a sporting goods store as a gift, along with his school for failing to take his side in the controversy, but Bissinger smoothes out the rough edges, letting very little anger show. That polish is the as-told-to memoir's biggest problem-despite stylistic flourishes like shifting to present tense to write about James's big games, his passion seems muted. James hits all the right moments, from the childhood promise he made to himself to put Akron on the map to the graduation day photo with his teammates, but it's a story readers hear rather than feel. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects James, LeBron.
Basketball players -- United States -- Biography.
Audiobooks.
Publisher New York :Penguin Audio,2009
Edition Unabridged.
Contributors Bissinger, Buzz, 1954-
Irvin, Moe.
Penguin Audio (Firm)
Participants/Performers Read by Moe Irvin.
Language English
Notes Unabridged.
Compact disc.
Description 6 audio discs (7 hr.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
ISBN 9780143145028
0143145029
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