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Reverse spin, triple pump, reverse dribble, stutter step with twist to the left, stutter into jumper, blind pass. These are me. The moves make the man. The moves make me.

Jerome Foxworthy—the Jayfox to his friends—likes to think he can handle anything. He handled growing up without a father. He handled being the first black kid in school. And he sure can handle a basketball.

Then Jerome meets Bix Rivers—mysterious and moody, but a great athlete. So Jerome decides to teach Bix his game. He can tell that Bix has the talent. All he’s got to do is learn the right moves…

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Readers will be drawn to [this] story by the brillant sportswriting and by the trenchant examination of a friendship with a boy in trouble.” 


  • “James’ performance differentiates each character, successfully capturing the rhythm of Southern speech patterns and dialects.” 


  • “Brook’s fine first novel has a basketball theme and plenty of action but is merely the vehicle of delivering a serious story about friendship.” 

    School Library Journal

  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
  • A 1985 Newbery Honor Book
  • A 1984 ALA Best Book for Young Adults
  • A 1984 ALA Notable Book for Children
  • Winner of the 1985 Boston Globe_Horn Book Award
  • A 1984 New York Times Notable Book of the Year

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Pksoper | 2/19/2014

    " Great, sad book about boys, friendship, family, and sports. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Devonti | 2/13/2014

    " I like this book because it tells you about one side. one side of a black student who goes to a all white school. He was scared but that didn't stop him from joining the basketball team "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Nick Mavros | 1/11/2014

    " My book was really amazing becuae it had believeable characters and a dark plot. You really connect with Bix aand you also connect with Jerome as he's trying to understand what Bix's going through. At the end when Bix and Jerome finally see Bix's mother and she doesn't recognize Bix, its a really sad part. The integration really defines Jerome as a character and allows him to meet Bix but it isn't an abrupt way of having them meet like in a lot of books. Over all this is a very good book and I would recommend it to everyone. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Taylor | 12/19/2013

    " i didnt really like this book. it just wasnt the kind of book that I would normally read. "

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About the Author
Author Bruce Brooks

Bruce Brooks was born in Virginia and began writing fiction at age ten. He graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1972 and from the University Of Iowa Writer’s Workshop in 1980. He has worked as a newspaper reporter, magazine writer, newsletter editor, movie critic, teacher, and lecturer. He has twice received the Newbery Honor, first in 1985 for Moves Make the Man, and again in 1992 for What Hearts. He is also the author of Everywhere, Midnight Hour Encores, Asylum for Nightface, Vanishing, and Throwing Smoke. He lives in Brooklyn.