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Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Summer Reading: Shooting Stars by Lebron James

This is one in a series of posts highlighting books for our Summer Reading Celebration Day on September 28th. Students can choose one of the books from our list for their enjoyment. This does not fulfill ANY school requirements and participation will not be graded. Click on the image for the complete list. 

Today's post is about Shooting Stars by Lebron James and Buzz Bissinger. The Shooting Stars were a bunch of kids—LeBron James and his best friends— who first met on a basketball team when they were 10 & 11 years old. In the summer after 7th grade, the Shooting Stars tasted glory when they qualified for a national championship tournament in Memphis, but they lost their focus and had to go home early. They promised one another they would stay together and do whatever it took to win a national title. They had no idea how hard it would be to fulfill that promise. In the years that followed, they would endure jealousy, hostility, exploitation, resentment from the black community (because they went to a “white” high school), and the consequences of their own overconfidence. Together, these five boys became men, and together they claimed the prize they had fought for all those years—a national championship.