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How Lamar's bad prank won a Bubba-sized trophy

by Allen, Crystal.

Format: Print Book 2011
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Thirteen-year-old Lamar Washington is the maddest, baddest, most spectacular bowler at Striker's Bowling Paradise. But while Lamar's a whiz at rolling strikes, he always strikes out with girls. And his brother, Xavier the Basketball Savior, is no help. Xavier earns trophy after trophy on the basketball court and soaks up Dad's attention, leaving no room for Lamar's problems.

Until bad boy Billy Jenks convinces Lamar that hustling at the alley will help him win his dream girl, plus earn him enough money to buy an expensive pro ball and impress celebrity bowler Bubba Sanders. But when Billy's scheme goes awry, Lamar ends up ruining his brother's shot at college and every relationship in his life. Can Lamar figure out how to mend his broken ties, no matter what the cost?

From debut author Crystal Allen comes an unforgettable story of one boy's struggle to win his family's respect and get the girl of his dreams while playing the sport he loves.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "At Striker's Bowling Paradise, teen phenom Lamar is known as the King of Strikers. Bowling pins quake at his approach, but alas, he strikes out with the girls. Until the day Makeda, a girl who has been the victim of his pranks in the past, shows up with a new hairdo and steerike! it's love at first sight. And then Lamar learns that his hero, professional bowler Bubba Sanders, is coming to town, and his best friend, Sergio, invites him to a free weekend at Holiday World. Lamar's life seems headed for a perfect game until he falls into seriously bad company, pulls his worst prank ever, and turns his once promising life into a gutter ball. How can he possibly turn things around? Only Bubba knows! Though the plot gets a bit overcomplicated, debut novelist Allen has written an engaging and humorous story and created a compelling character in Lamar, whose wonderfully inventive, laugh-out-loud idiosyncratic voice will leave readers wanting to hear more.--Cart, Michael Copyright 2010 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Cocky, sharp-tongued, and a known prankster, 13-year-old Lamar Washington is a protagonist readers won't soon forget. Lamar lives for bowling, the sport his mother helped him discover before she died of cancer. Hoping to earn some money-both to court "superfine" Makeda Phillips and to buy a "Pro Thunder" ball before his bowling idol, Bubba Sanders, comes to town-Lamar starts hustling games with a local bad boy. Lamar's father lavishes much of his attention on Lamar's older brother, "Xavier the Basketball Savior," and after Xavier, who has stopped taking his anger medication, beats up Lamar, Lamar retaliates by pulling the fire alarm at Xavier's big game. The fallout from this prank is extensive, and Lamar digs deep into himself to make reparations to those he's hurt. Debut author Allen gives Lamar a singular (and often comically misguided) way with words ("Girl, you look like a big piece of Bubblicious," he tells Makeda, who is less than impressed by the compliment). Under all the braggadocio is a boy with a big heart, and from the first sentence Lamar will have readers hooked. Ages 8-12. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Bowling -- Juvenile fiction.
Conduct of life -- Juvenile fiction.
African Americans -- Juvenile fiction.
Bowling -- Fiction.
Conduct of life -- Fiction.
African Americans -- Fiction.
Publisher New York :Balzer + Bray,2011
Edition 1st ed.
Audience 008-012.
Language English
Description 283 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN 9780061992728 (hbk.)
0061992720 (hbk.)
9780061992735 (lib. bdg.)
0061992739 (lib. bdg.)
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