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Deuker, Carl.
SWAGGER
New York :Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013
IL YA
ISBN 0547974590
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Jonas is a high-school senior when his family must relocate for his fatherís job.  This has the potential to ruin Jonasí dreams of playing small-college basketball, as he must adjust to a new coach, fit onto a new team, and earn his playing time all over again.  Luckily, his new neighbor and friend Levi is a very good player, if a bit odd, quiet and religious.


His new head coach is the dictionary definition of Old School, which clashes with Jonasí preferred style of play, although the select coach of his summer team gets him.  


When Levi, normally enthusiastic to ball, begins to change his behavior and avoid the court, Jonas knows something is up, but perhaps, his own scholarship hangs in the balance, depending on his actions.


If you want athletic drama, well-drawn descriptions of court action, realistic scenes of athletes working to excel on the court, Carl Deuker has thrown down a winner.  Next man up! (Mike Fleming, Teacher-Librarian, Pacific Cascade Middle School, Issaquah, WA, Evergreen Book Award)


SUBJECTS:     Basketball -- Fiction.

                        Sexual abuse -- Fiction.


 
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