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The Real Slam Dunk
by Charisse K. Richardson & Kadir Nelson (Illustrator)

Category: Fiction / Education
68 pages; ISBN: 0142402125

Rating: 8/10  (Ratings explained)
Reviewer: Harriet Klausner


The Real Slam Dunk
Charisse K. Richardson, Kadir Nelson (Illustrator)
Puffin, Feb 2005, $4.99, 68 pp.
ISBN: 0142402125

Twins Marcus and Mia as well as other students at their school look forward to meeting superstar basketball player Jason Carter just before a pro game. Both enjoy playing the game and Marcus, who is a math whiz, hopes to be as good as his hero Jason. His sister wants to be a reporter and is writing an article on the visit with Jason. The kids have good time while Jason encourages them to understand that there is more to life than sports as he was a chemistry major in college.

THE REAL SLAM DUNK is a well written tale aimed at elementary school children. Young readers will appreciate Marcus as he worries that Mia is taller than him and how to behave when he meets his hero. The story line makes no apologies in that it emphasizes education is more important of a dream although it is okay to want to be a famous wealthy basketball player. This reviewer kept thinking of Mrs. Reagan’s unrealistic “Just say no” campaign as Jason preached having dreams outside the hardwood floor.

Harriet Klausner


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