Strong to the Hoop

By John Coy
Illustrated by Leslie Jean-Bart

Paperback: $10.95

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James has always settled for watching his big brother Nate play basketball from the sidelines. Then one day, a player is injured and James is asked to join the older boys' game. This is James' chance to prove himself on the main court, and he knows there is much more than "game point" riding on his last shot.

John Coy's energetic prose captures the intensity and emotion of the competition, while Leslie Jean-Bart's photo collages deliver the urban pace of the game.

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About the Creators

Thumb_thumb John Coy - Author

is the author of several award-winning books for children, including Strong to the Hoop, an ALA Notable Book and Night Driving, named one of the Best Books of 1996 by The New York Times. Around the World was inspired by Coy's lifelong passion for basketball. Mr. Coy teaches writing to children and has developed an innovative class that combines basketball and poetry. He and his family live in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Thumb_thumb Leslie Jean-Bart

photographs and photo collages have appeared in NEW YORK MAGAZINE, NEWSWEEK, and THE NEW YORK TIMES. A native of Haiti, he received a masters degree in journalism from Columbia University. Mr. Jean-Bart now lives in New York City. Strong to the Hoop is his first book for children. To find out more about Leslie Jean-Bart, visit his Web site:

About This Title


Paperback: 9781584301783

Hardcover: 9781880000809

Six Pack: 9781584303978


Notable Books for a Global Society
International Reading Association (IRA)

Cooperative Children's Book Center (CCBC)

Marion Vannett Ridgway Award Honoree

Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People
National Council for the Social Studies/ Children's Book Council

Original Art Show
Society of Illustrators

Guided Reading:




Interest Level:

Grades 1 - 4

Reading Level:

Grades 2 - 2


Sports, Siblings, Identity/Self Esteem/Confidence, Heroism, Games/Toys, African/African American Interest

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