Friday, November 27, 2009

Shooting Star by Frederick McKissack Jr.

McKissack Frederick, Jr. Shooting Star, 272 p. Atheneum (Simon), 2009. $16.99. Language: R (100+ swears, 15 “f” – at the point I stopped counting); alcohol abuse. Football reigns supreme in Jayson and Jomo’s hometown. Jayson plays with his whole heart, while Jomo isn’t always sure that he wants to be there. The boys are two of only 28 black students at their high school and on one hand Jomo’s friends tell him he is too white and the other hand tells him he sticks with “his own kind” too much. When Jomo decides to commit himself to football, he decides that juicing is the way to go. Now his life is spinning completely out of control – just as the football is coming together. Another books about the dangers of steroids in high school sports – unfortunately the language is so raw, that it is inaccessible for many schools and students. Point your boys to Gym Candy by Carl Deuker instead. NO - Cindy, Library-Teacher.

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