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

by Allen, Crystal.

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Summary
When thirteen-year-old, bowling-obsessed Lamar Washington finds out that his idol is coming to town, he finds himself involved in some unsavory activities as he tries to change his image to impress people.
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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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Subjects Bowling Fiction
Conduct of life Fiction
African Americans Fiction
Young Adult Fiction
Electronic books.
Publisher New York :Balzer + Bray2011
2011
Edition 1st ed.
Contributors OverDrive, Inc.
Audience Ages 8-12.
Language English
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ISBN 9780062069702
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