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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (108 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Marc Aronson, Charles R. Smith, various authors Narrator: Dion Graham, Quincy Tyler Bernstine Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2011 ISBN: 9781455800841
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It’s one single steamy July day at the West 4th Street Court in NYC, otherwise known as the Cage. Hotshot baller ESPN is wooing the scouts, Boo is struggling to guard the weird new guy named Waco, a Spike Lee wannabe has video rolling, and virgin Irene is sizing up six-foot-eight-and-a-half-inch-tall Chester. Nine of YA literature’s top writers reveal how it all goes down in this searing novel in short stories that ingeniously pick up where the last one ends. Characters weave in and out of narratives, perspectives change, and emotions play out for a fluid and fast-paced ode to the game. Crackling with humor, grit, and streetball philosophy, and featuring poems by Charles R. Smith Jr., this anthology is a slam dunk. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael | 2/14/2014

    " One day, one court, ten testaments to the drama inside the game and out. This is the home of pick-up basketball, downtown Manhatten, where the immortals played when black players weren't allowed in big-time college basketball and the NBA. And still they come, troubled, homeless, too young, too old, nothing matters but your game when you step into The Cage. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robin | 2/9/2014

    " I especially loved the concept of this book. The writing of the different authors worked really well. I was a little disappointed in the ending chapter, but I really liked the book as a whole. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jennifer | 2/8/2014

    " So here's my problem with this one - I'm so clearly not the right audience at all that I don't feel even close to capable of evaluating it. I like a good sports story but I didn't even understand what was going on with the basketball half the time. I think the language was just a little beyond me. Basically, I'm willing to take other people's word that it's good and will recommend it to readers as appropriate, but it's just not my thing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matthew | 1/28/2014

    " A great book that is a collection of short stories that follows one day on the court. It's great to see things from a bunch of different characters view. Each player has a unique story to tell and even the spectators of the games are interesting. A great book for anyone who likes basketball. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pamela | 1/17/2014

    " Aronson weaves short stories from nine YA authors about pick up basketball game at a popular street court. Occasionally it seems a bit disjointed; however, guys will understand the lingo and atmosphere. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Latisha Rocke | 9/30/2013

    " The beggining was good and made me want to keep reading but i feel like some parts were stretched out longer than it needed to be and it would be more enjoyable to read if there was more drama and action. I really liked the poems in the begging of each chapter, thats my favorite part of the book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chris Tsang | 8/13/2013

    " Most of the stories are excellent, especially stand out stories from Walter Dean Myers and Sharon Flake. If you love ball, you'll love this book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Carrie Shaurette | 6/23/2013

    " Clever premise with amazing contributors, but Pick Up Gamefails in execution. Recommended only for those who love to read urban basketball stories. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Donalyn | 6/17/2012

    " This book was promising and I could tell that the writing was good, but I couldn't stick with it. I don't have enough background knowledge about basketball slang to understand the narrative or dialogue. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather | 4/13/2012

    " Really well done, but likely to be most appealing to those who live and breathe basketball. (Or at least love it an awful lot.) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nancy | 2/29/2012

    " A good book for basketball fans "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Edward Sullivan | 6/1/2011

    " Readers who love nothing but net will love this collection of connected stories and poems written by a lineup of stellar authors. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ed | 5/19/2011

    " Readers who love nothing but net will love this collection of connected stories and poems written by a lineup of stellar authors. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carter | 12/10/2010

    " connected stories of a day on the basketball court. From top to bottom, this is an incredible collection. "

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About the Author
Author Marc Aronson

Marc Aronson is an editor and author of many award-winning books for young people, including Master of Deceit: J. Edgar Hoover and America in the Age of Lies and Pick-Up Game, which he coedited with Charles R. Smith Jr.

About the Narrator

Dion Graham, from HBO’s The Wire, also narrates The First 48 on A&E. Winner of more than a dozen Earphones Awards and the prestigious Audie Award for best narration, he has performed on Broadway, off Broadway, internationally, in films, and in several hit television series. His performances have been praised as thoughtful and compelling, vivid and full of life.